Errol Milner Clifford 2006-2009

Errol Milner Clifford was born with a significant heart defect and a cognitive disability that prevented him from walking or talking. As we grieved the child we had anticipated, Errol’s full-bodied smile and irrepressible laugh turned our sorrow into joy, and taught us that many of the best things in life are unexpected. Inspired by Errol’s delightful spirit, friends, family, and neighbors rallied to support our family’s significant emotional, physical, and financial needs, through countless acts of selfless generosity. When Errol’s courageous heart finally failed him on December 23, 2009 we were left numb with grief. In these dark hours we listen hopefully for the echoes of Errol’s brilliant laugh. This blog is the story (starting from present and working back to Errol's birth) of the life and times of the amazing Errol Clifford.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bad News

The doctors just found a blood clot in Errol's inferior vena cava.
Having a clot is extremely serious and its treatments carry many risks.
We are trying the least dangerous of the bad options and giving Errol lots of heprin (a blood thinner). The risk is that he will bleed profusely. At this point, Errol is recovering from two surgeries, fighting an infection, and now dealing with this blood clot. We are watching his labs and hoping against hope. I am afraid Errol is up against too much.



























58 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love and strength to all of you

Marigene said...

It seems that the cards are stacked against the angel in our midst. However, we are not giving up hope in his turning around. We pray for his recovery and for his strength. We send loving thoughts his way and your way.

Peace and love,
Marigene

Anonymous said...

you are never alone. there are so many folks holding that precious child as well as you,your husband and your other son in their dearest thoughts and prayers. please know that this is the point that the Lord will carry you through. you are loved. thank-you so much for keeping all of us informed!!

Anonymous said...

love and strength.

Carol said...

Hope. Peace. Love.

Lots of us are watching your blog.

Carol H.

Anonymous said...

Praying for Errol and you all! Love to all!

Ms. Jennifer

Daniel and Tracy said...

Fight, Errol, fight!
Feel the love, use the energy that so many send your way. You lovable boy for whom the challenges to life are many, reach within yourself and also out to your circle of support, and hold on through this.
We are with you and your parents, we send you our love.

Daniel and Tracy

mpw said...

Constant hope.

Anonymous said...

we love you all so much!

Anonymous said...

You all are in my every thoughts and prayers....God has you in the palm of his hands...please hang on Errol...I love you. Many hugs and kisses.
Ms Paula

Anonymous said...

God Bless you all. We are with you in spirit and may all the prayers give you much needed strength.
Love,
Bradley & Audrey

Kay said...

Peace and love to all of you.

andrea said...

Errol keep your smile shining inside of you as you fight your way out of this muck.
BE STRONG!
There is love coming from far and wide...with wings..soaring toward Errol.

Anonymous said...

You don't know us but you've been a source of strength for us in California...sending love and strength to you.

curt said...

Still praying for you all.

Hayne Gray said...

Sending so much love and hope and peace your way..
Hayne and Jonathan

Allison the Meep said...

We're still sending loads of love and hope your way. Errol is constantly in our thoughts.

Anonymous said...

thinking of all of you! sending love and support and peace your way.

Anonymous said...

I've been eager to hear since early morning, and this was difficult to read, digest, and accept. So sorry Errol (and of course each of you plus Owen and extended family) is being dealt this tough hand to play. We'll continue heaping on the love and hope little Errol will climb yet another mountain.

Much love, Anne and Charlie Francis W.

Anonymous said...

...we love you so much...praying as a group here right now

Amy Spencer said...

Sweet Errol and family, you have been in the front of my mind for many days. I pray that God's Angels will cover you and keep you from pain. I pray that the blood thinner will do its job and you will once again grow strong. Jesus is right there with you. Feel His strength fill you.
In His Love and with mine,
Amy Spencer

Anonymous said...

There is always room for hope. Know how much you all are loved, especially little Errol. Peace be with you.

Becca said...

Hoping and praying - and sending you and your family all the love in the world

SoSock said...

Still hoping, still praying.
Shalom Rav

Kat Lamp said...

Love love love to you.

Rez said...

Thinking about Errol and you guys all the time. Will continue to pray.
Karen Fulp

Anonymous said...

We are praying for Errol and your family. All of you are so strong and such an inspiration, and I know Errol can pull through this next obstacle.
Love,
Teresa Beshears

rachel, danny, henry, claudia, and walter said...

our whole family and is thinking of you - errol is such a strong little boy

Katie said...

We are sending all our best thoughts from W-S to you!

Hillary and Ted said...

We are holding you in the light over here - as so many folks are.
Big love and strength to all, especially sweet Errol. Fight!

Julia Toone said...

hang on, Errol. We're all pulling for you.

Anonymous said...

We are thinking of all of you and love you very much!! Everyone from Advance Peds!!

BW Banks said...

Holding you close in every thought throughout these days. Much, much love, bw

Doug & Molly said...

We are thinking of all of you constantly.

Anonymous said...

"In the midst of winter, I finally found that there is within me an invincible summer". - Albert Camus.

I have tears of hope this morning, come on Errol.

Mme Marron said...

We love you.

Anonymous said...

I am making more kites for you all, so you will have to look up often; hang in there - peace, love, and strength to you.
Jeanne

Rebecca Smith, RN said...

Praying so hard.

mpw said...

The snow is still sticking here in W-S, waiting for Errol. Here's hoping the morning brings some good news.

adrienne said...

We start and end our days by looking here; we are hoping against hope along with you. We are, over the miles, sending that hope and support and love.

Anonymous said...

Our brightest hopes and prayers for you that the sun will shine from behind the clouds.

Much Love, Will and Holly

Carol and Jack said...

We love you all so much. We continue to pray for healing, for strength, for peace.

Carol and Cameron W said...

We are joining all the WS folks, sending our love and prayers and peaceful, healing thoughts.

Anonymous said...

We and many others are praying for your family! My heart is heavy with your pain of watching your precious angel fight against so much! May you feel the comfort of the Lord wrapping His arms around you. Thank you for keeping us updated. With much love!
Chad and Christie

Anonymous said...

Stay strong, and keep saying to yourself "good things are coming, always good things are coming." This is helpful no matter what happens. God bless you all and comfort you.

Anonymous said...

Our hearts are so heavy for your worry yet still light because of the joy that little Errol radiates. He is a gift to all who are lucky enough to meet him. Your family has touched our lives forever. Sending you love. Karen & Gary (Lucy and Jane)

PDX RE said...

I think of you all daily. Peace, strength, and courage...

Anonymous said...

Sending good thoughts, love, and strength to you all. Pull through, Errol!! You are such an inspiration and angel here with us. Keep fighting, little one!
Karen and John

addictedtocoffee said...

The little Pookie Snoopers. Sending lots of kisses and hugs your way, for all of you. Please kiss him for me on the top of his head, where his hair stands up. His static electricity always makes me smile.

He's got to pull through. He's just got to.

Kevin said...

c'mon Errol, c'mon Errol!!! fight fight fight!!!

Anonymous said...

The strength of ants and their ability to carry more than they should has always amazed me. The strength of your family and especially your little man amazes me as well. Keep up the strength and the hope. Thinking about Errol and sending good positive thoughts towards Durham.

Ashley said...

We are praying for this angel who has been fighting a courageous fight! We will continue to pray for him and all of you!
Our congregation will say a prayer for him as well this evening.
May god bring you strength,hope and peace!

We love you guys!
Ashley McIntosh

Paul said...

I'm praying for all of you.
Paul

Anonymous said...

Carrie, Jonathan, and Owen, we are sending you love and prayers. -Suzanne H-W (along with Brannon and Dalton)

SueMo said...

Hoping and praying for a Christmas miracle. You are all loved dearly and we are thinking of you during this difficult time. I can't imagine how hard this must be for him. I wish I could give him strength.
Love,
Susan

Cheryl Mathews said...

Many prayers have been prayed for all of you. Hope you are feeling the peace.
Cheryl M.

Anonymous said...

Holding all of you in the Light.

Nate said...

Errol held us all up in the light. Much love to all you Clifford Milners.