Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Praying for a Miracle

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,

since as members of one body

you were called to peace.

And be thankful. ~ Colossians 3:15

** For an update on Madeline, read Thankful. **

I'll get right to the point. I am asking for your prayers for my daughter, Madeline. She has contracted 2 serious infections, Beta-Strep Group C and a strain of staph called MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium responsible for difficult-to-treat infections in humans).

Since the second or third day of her life, Madeline has had a compromised immune system. Her body cannot handle or process chemicals, additives, preservatives or fragrances - which makes up most of the modern world we live in. This includes many of the foods we eat, the cleansers we use and even disposable diapers and wipes. It also includes medicines as simple as tylenol or motrin and as complicated as antiobiotics and vaccines. In the past, she's had a 100% allergic reaction rate to antibiotics. And by allergic reaction, I mean her lungs start to shut down and her breathing is compromised.

Her current infections CANNOT be treated without antibiotics. And since it is a strain resistant to antibiotics, often many different kinds are used until one works.

Tomorrow we must give her an antibiotic to stop these infections from getting into her system. Even though we are completely aware there is a good chance she will have a serious allergic reaction.

After consulting two godly medical professionals who know Madeline's history and whom we trust, we have decided it would be best to drive her within a short distance of a hospital in a different city, whose Emergency Room is not as overcrowded as ours and which has more access to specialists in pediatrics, allergies and infectious disease. We will also be closer to an excellent Children's Hospital.

We will be driving about an hour to my mother-in-law's house first thing in the morning and administering the antibiotic there around 9:30 AM pacific time. If she has any type of allergic reaction, we've been advised to get her to the ER for IV drugs to counteract the reaction.

As a mother, I am overwhelmed and scared. Her history doesn't make this an easy situation. But I KNOW God has His hand over Madeline. He has kept her and guided us and given us wisdom time and time again. We have worked hard to keep her healthy, and I am praying specifically that God will allow the improvements in her immune system to handle this medication, clindamycin, so that it can wipe out the infections.

I am relying on what God showed me yesterday, that is her in the picture by the way. It's so appropriate today, that I would look at her picture and read the words, "How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!"

So instead of being overwhelmed and scared, I keep reminding myself that God is thinking about her, He knows exactly what it is she needs. I know God has a plan for her, (plans to prosper her and not to harm her, plans to give her hope and a future as Jer 29:11 says).

Just this morning, I read a WFW verse that has been very meaningful to me all day. "From the rising of the sun, to the going down of the same, the name of the Lord is to be praised." Psalms 113:3

And there it is again. When things are going well - PRAISE. When things are hard - PRAISE.

The verse doesn't say what happened during the period of time between the sunrise and the sunset.... just that every day it happens, God is worthy of our praise.

Psalms 113 is actually an inspirational chapter. It speaks of the poor, the needy and the barren - and God rescues them all!

Today I am thankful for many things, but most of all that I have my God to turn to in my scariest times, a God who is my Rescuer. How would I get through these things without Him and without that hope?

And so, even though the sun has set some time ago....I will praise Him.

Stop by and visit Iris for more words of thanks....


Mrs. Huse Clifton said...

Prayers are sent up for you and her. Drive safe, comfort the strong beautiful child, and stay healthy yourself as you have so much to do for her. I pray she is better soon. It hurts when kids are sick.

In prayers,

Denise said...

I am lifting your precious daughter high up in my prayers.

Laurie Ann said...

Pausing to pray for your precious little one right now! Please update us as soon as you can. Bless her little heart.

Jenileigh said...

Oh how that breaks my heart. I lift you all up to our Father. May be place a hedge of protection around Madeline and heal her tiny body. Hugs to you. Have a blessed TT.

gail said...

my heart breaks for your situation. but rejoices that we have a BIG GOD who is in control and that you are learning to praise in all situations. will be praying for you and your little one.