On Friday evening Zabeth and Paul were permitted to see Josiah in hospital from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
It was arranged as a supervised visit. First the Baynes met the regular supervisor of their children's visit at a hospital coffee shop and together they proceeded to the baby's room. They found Josiah extremely pale and he slept in Zabeth's arms during the entire time they were there. She stroked his face and spoke softly to him as she longs to do. She fed him and found him congested and experiencing difficulty in breathing as he nursed. He has a very bad cold. It was hard for them to see their baby so ill.
Yesterday (Saturday) they had another wonderful several hour visitation with their other three children from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Each of the children is getting over a cold but otherwise were well and happy to see mommy and daddy. Josiah was discharged from hospital on Saturday. The Baynes will not be allowed to see Josiah until he fully recovers nor will he be taken out of doors. No provision has been arranged for any visit to the Foster home.
This long ordeal takes its toll on the extended family. Zabeth's parents have suffered considerably through the agonies of their grandchildren's time in care, the infrequent opportunities to see their grandchildren and the uncertainties of the children's future. Zabeth and Paul themselves push on through the fatigue and strain, both working on their evening hours custodial business contracts, and seeking to establish some normalcy to their lives.
Paul and Zabeth have agreed to participate in the Parental Capacity Assessment by the Ministry's recommended psychologist, Dr. Bowden and have requested an initial meeting with him to discuss his methodology. They have also signed agreement papers to participate in the Project Parent program.