Thursday, May 13, 2010

The day that shook my world

Wow, what a day, what a day.

I'm quite stunned..... Stay with me here, because either you should clearly read the whole thing, or don't read it at all. Otherwise, you'll have only part of the information. Please don't skim!

So, it turns out my midwife didn't give me the full amount of information on our baby's condition. I am sure this is because she thought, after all we had been through with Merika (and just, in general, PERIOD), it would have been too much for us to digest.

The diagnosis was quickly adding up to Trisomy 18. While he was doing the ultrasound, Dr K asked me, "Do you know what Trisomy 18 is?"
I shrugged, "Well, I know that most babies don't live very long."

We were not told that, during our first ultrasound, a cyst was found on the baby's brain. (I think I probably would have had a heart attack, since it was just days after Merikalyn had been released from the hospital.. and I would have instantly thought it was something related.)

Turns out, this cyst issue and the heart issue our baby had are two of the "symptoms" of Trisomy 18. To our knowledge, she didn't have any of the other issues, though. (Although it is not uncommon to only have 2-3 of the issues appear in an ultrasound.)
So, did you read all of that? Do you understand that? Did you catch the key words like, "had"?

Because all of that... is gone.

The cyst on the brain? Gone.
The heart condition? Gone.
Four chambers? Check!

I was honestly tearing up during the ultrasound. I wanted to hop up, fling my arms around Dr. K, and give him the biggest, tightest hug ever. (And btw, Dr. K is the best OB I've ever met. He's so kind... and has a great sense of humor. I just love him!)

I just kept thinking, "Wow God, you were answering prayers we didn't even know to pray."
I hate to say it, but while I prayed that God would completely heal the baby's heart- I actually didn't expect Him to. (Where is my faith, right?) I mean, I just figured God had a purpose for her, and we would go through this ordeal, and .. well, anyway. Not that it would make God any less awesome or great in my eyes if He didn't heal it all up completely. Not that He'd be "a bad God" in my eyes if we had a Trisomy 18, but

PRAISE THE LORD.....

Our baby is perfect, and beautiful, and lovely and WHOLE AND COMPLETE.

(My MW just called and I told her the news, and she nearly blew my eardrum out screaming and praising God! It was awesome!)

I am truly humbled and reminded of the power of prayer. Inside, I ache because I know there are so many people out there who received "NO" as an answer, and why am I so fortunately to receive a YES and HEALING for our prayers... and for prayers we didn't even know to pray!?

But WOW, the God I serve it pretty rockin' awesome.

AMEN.

20 comments:

Tricia said...

wow this gave me chills! i am thrilled for your family and what a miracle that your sweet baby girl has been healed. praise God!!!

Leah said...

That is amazing! Nearly got me crying in my emotion 15 week pregnant state.

Praise God!

jjrm said...

Mandy, Praise the Lord is right. I actually remember reading your original post about her heart and just feeling like you guys would find out that she no longer had a heart issue. Our God is truly amazing and the Giver of such good gifts. All Glory, Praise and Honor be His. What a wonderful testimony of His healing power and grace.

Pam said...

Awesome. Praise God. Let's just keep praising Him forever, shall we?

Valerie said...

That is wonderful, amazing, awesome, touching, and BEAUTIFUL!! God is so faithful and good, and He loves....ohhh how he loves.

Sheila said...

SO, SO happy for the wonderful news, Mandy!

amy D said...

*tears* praise God, this is so wonderful. He has perfect timing, that's for sure.

Julie said...

That is awesome! What a wonderful testimony you have been given. I'm so happy for you!

Arlene said...

Mandy, this is totally amazing! Praise God for His love and faithfulness! I will continue to pray for a good pregnancy and a healthy baby, and for Merika to continue to heal. My heart is racing knowing our God is so much stronger than we could ever imagine! Blessings to you and your family.

Hannah Braboy said...

Awww, Mandy! I'm so happy for you! She will be a beautiful baby!

Nicole said...

Just an amazing miracle!! What a story!

Neisey said...

Yay, yay, yay!! I'm so happy for you!

Mrs. Knox said...

I am amazed and shocked. Mandy, I was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, and have struggled with my anger with God since then. I am ashamed to say that I have begged my church friends for prayers time and time again, but I haven't dared to ask God to heal my cancer even once. Not one time. I guess I figured that this was just my lot, and obviously God wasn't listening anyway. I am so ashamed of myself.

This story is amazing and inspiring, and shows me how dangerously far I have gone from my God. Thank you so much for sharing.

Katrina said...

This is wonderful news! Praise God, indeed. I'm so happy for you.

mom said...

Yes! Praise the LORD! I love to read about miracles that can only come from God...HE is alive and always working in our lives as we faithfully prayer!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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Amy @ Raising Arrows said...

Oh wow! That is just amazing and wonderful and so much more! Congrats and Praise the Lord!

HydroChic said...

A miracle for sure, looks like faith found you. That would be a good name for a baby...Faith (if it's a girl). Also, sent you an email (HydroChic).

Lauren said...

Rejoicing with you!

Waterdreamer said...

Thats amazing news! I teared up just reading that!!