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Wednesday’s Update

on July 19, 2013

Wednesday was a long day in Ann Arbor. Our first appointment was a non-stress test (NST). They do not perform this test the normal way of placing monitors on my belly to watch the heart rates because Asher is somewhat behind Audrey. Instead, they perform a short ultrasound to check the babies’ heart rates, practice breathing and movement. Bailey was with us and was able to witness an ultrasound of his brother and sister for the first time. It was great to see him get so excited about this. Both babies passed the NST, although it took Asher a little while and some poking and prodding before he moved. The poor kid is running out of space in there. 😉

After the NST we made our way to the cafeteria and enjoyed some lunch together as well as made phone calls. I’ll get back to some of this.

The final test was an echocardiogram on each baby. This is an ultrasound that focuses on the babies’s hearts and lasted about two hours. Both babies also passed this test. The pediatric cardiologist has recommended that Audrey have a repeat of this test within her first few days of life since she is at an increased risk of having a heart birth defect.

It was nice to leave the hospital and not be in tears. That may have been a first for me through this experience. Bailey was a trooper through the entire day. I was glad he was there with us.

Now, back to the phone calls. I contacted the manager of the Ronald McDonald house to inquire about a spot for our family and found out that they cannot tell us if one will be available until we come down on Monday for our appointment. We are really hoping that there will be an opening for us since that will put us directly across the street from the hospital in case I go into labor. If an opening is not available we have been blessed to have some friends who used to live near us and attend church with us offer a room in their home temporarily. They live fairly close to the hospital and have been such a blessing offering us relief in case that spot does not open up. This will also help cut down and travel time and costs since going forward I will have appointments at least twice per week.

I also want to say that God works out all kinds of amazing things! Since our first blog post about Audrey’s possible issues we have been contacted by different friends who have children that have had surgery for both EA and TEF (the two most likely diagnosis for her). This has been a huge blessing! By talking with them we are able to better understand what the journey ahead may look like. And the view we’ve been given is not just the technical side, but the emotional hardships as parents and a family.

In close today I leave you with this verse that has been tugging at my heart:

2 Corinthians 5:7
New International Version (NIV)
7 For we live by faith, not by sight.

I just have to explain why this tugs at me so much right now. Our family has an incredible faith in our God. We have faith that He loves us and gave His life to save ours. We have faith that He is walking with us through this journey, providing us with His strength to keep moving and carrying us when we feel like we no longer can. We have faith that He will get us through this trial and our family will be stronger for it. We have faith that He has brought us to the best doctors and will continue to guide them on the best testing and treatment for Audrey.

So often I have seen people separate science and God by putting fact or sight against faith. Today, I want you to see one way they are linked in Audrey’s situation. It was science (ultrasound) which identified a possible issue for Audrey when the medical professionals could not SEE her stomach. But it is by FAITH that those same professionals and our family believe her stomach is there and her issue can be fixed. Faith and science really aren’t as separate as many people think. And I believe that we will see the two continue to meet and work together in Audrey’s journey. I praise God that He gave us science!

Thank you all for your continued prayers, kind words and other acts of support. We are truly blessed to have so many friends and family surrounding us through this journey!

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