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Thankful to see God in the details…

After a couple of long nights…added on top of 3 weeks of long nights…ITY started running a 103 fever. We thought we could make it through the night…not so much. I’ll spare you all the details–but we finally went in to Children’s ER at 5am. We returned home at 11am. Long night…long morning and long afternoon. After x rays, ultrasounds, tests and more tests—the good news is that ITY does NOT have malaria or other crazy disease. YAY God! The bummer news is that he has an UTI and we will spend tomorrow back at the doctor and more tests later in the week to determine if he has kidney reflux. After he got an antiobiotic shot–he started perking up a bit–and we’re rotating Motrin and Tylenol until the UTI goes away. He was a trouper…and once again today—I am reminded how much God loves him…and millions others who need this kind of treatment and care all over the world.


-God brought our baby home in His perfect timing. Were he still in Ethiopia—this would NOT be the same experience for him. He is NOW napping, comfortable and even laughed at Frank over lunch:)

-God kept his fever just at 103…not more which would have been harder…but just high enough to cause us to take him to the ER and put us with an amazing team of doctors who were quick to check his kidneys…and even test for malaria…and make this momma at peace.

-We just HAPPENED to be given a nurse who just HAPPENED to be a believer…who just HAPPENED to be leaving for Uganda in a few weeks and was more than compassionate and loving to our son. A nurse with a heart for Africa. Sad to see this nurse off her shift and wait for her to be replaced. BUT her replacement? Just HAPPENED to be my bestfriend’s neighbor who KNEW we were already there before she even got to work and ran straight to our room to care for us. To say we received the best service and treatment is an understatement…our nurse even brought this momma who hadn’t had breakfast (the LAST thing I was worried about!) blueberry scones and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Wow…God really knows how to hook you up;).

Seriously–I’m tired…but what a JOY to get to be here with my son and not to fret that he is any longer a world away. Amazing how the Lord gives you strength as you follow Him on every path…and I’m so thankful for the life we are choosing. To think the country club, vacations and cute clothes used to be on our daily radars–and they are no longer important. Rich looked at me the other night and once again wooed my heart. He said, “Ang, this is just what our life is going to be about—can we get that straight right now?” ABSOLUTELY. I’m in love with him! I’m in love with that precious baby sleeping upstairs. In love with Frank who so sweetly shares his binky with his bud when I tell him not too;). And so thankful for two older kids who gave us hugs and prayers as we jetted out at 5am this morning. Seriously…our son is the BEST thing that has ever happened to us…and I’m so thankful!!!

Now…to make it through the rest of the day—a little Ethiopian coffee and a good hat;)…and of course a rockin’ Gigi that came over to play model magic with the older two while the babies nap!

mitzi - July 20, 2010 - 1:07 pm

I love this post… Hate that you went through this… We had a similar experience with E and how it’s crazy to think how his life would have been in Ethiopia without asthma treatment… amazing how God puts the kids in our lives that we need and need us… love to you guys!

Kim Jewett - July 20, 2010 - 1:17 pm

So glad ITY is feeling some better
…and YAY! for the things of this world becomming dimmer and dimmer and dimmer…

Nina - July 20, 2010 - 1:22 pm

Seriously, how do you do it? How do you have this beautiful and busy family life, and keep up with your blog? You are AWEsome! 🙂 I just love readying your posts, and am SO blessed by them every day. Thank you for sharing your heart on a continual basis. It truly does make a difference in the lives of others!

Shannon - July 20, 2010 - 1:45 pm

We just went through this test with T. And my Nephew has had it done before about a hundred times. As he was diagnossed with it in utero. Remember. You can NOT do the test. They push it now as it is a new protocol when boys get uti’s on the FIRST time. But they can not do anything about it until he is 3 years old. So even if they find out it is reflux (likely just not emptying bladder- which was my guys situation) they can’t do any thing for a while. My guy is 3 so they could have done something. But for the life of me I can’t figure out why they kept insisting on VCUG testing every six months.. just to see?!?!?!

That said.. the hardest part is getting an IV. And getting the nurses to be able to place an IV on a little guy. Oy. Once that was in- he didn’t balk at all and I could hold him the whole time and be with him during the test. I hope you have a similar situation.

Likely it is the bladder not emptying. And had they told me that was the other option- I would not have had the test- as I KNOW his bladder doesn’t empty when he “goes”. Our guys with history of severe malnutrition- it takes a good year for all the organs and muscle and connective tissue that surround the organs (including bladder) to get up to speed. Good Luck if you go through with the test. It really wasn’t a bad thing. Ours used Propofal IV sedation. It is quick down and quick up and best for Ped’s – especially with this procedure. The only thing was my guy was WIRED x 10 the whole day after. 🙂 And it hurts like H E double hockey sticks for them to pee for the rest of the day.. really bad and scary hurt. But my guy only ‘complained’ twice about it. My nephew will hold it for days knowing that its going to hurt Ok- that’s probably TMI- but seriously- not such a big deal as far as the procedure- it’s the IV and after ward that is screaming induced.

Heather - July 20, 2010 - 2:05 pm

my hubs and i are seriously considering adopting from ethiopia. i love your blog…it’s so helpful. this one is awesome in how u see god’s timing and his complete working it out for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose. i love how he took care of you guys w/ the nurses. he’s good to us like that!

emily - July 20, 2010 - 2:10 pm

God is in the details is one of my favorite sayings. Sorry about little buddy, but thankful he is ok. Just love that we have such a loving, intimate, gracious Father that reveals himself in coffee, nurses and so many other details!

Liv - July 20, 2010 - 2:43 pm

Praise God for His faithfulness in the details!!

I have had a lot of experience with kidney issues, reflux, UTIs, etc with both of my bio daughters, so if you have any questions, PLEASE feel free to ask!

Praying for a speedy recovery!

Amber - July 20, 2010 - 3:35 pm

God IS in the details! And I just love how you give Him all the credit! Praising God that ITY is feeling better, and will pray for his continued health.

Dawn - July 20, 2010 - 6:16 pm

AMAZING!!! So happy that God had it all along 🙂 Those pics make me smile 🙂

Vicki - July 20, 2010 - 7:49 pm

Our little girl had a UTI at 9mo. and was diagnosed with grade II reflux. We are supposed to do low dose antibiotics. I didn’t do it for the first year and she was tested again and still has it so I am doing it now. The test wasn’t bad for her. Just catheter insertion and at 9 mo. she was over it quick. I had our anxious 5 year old tested for similar symptoms and did nitrous oxide which worked great. So no IVs, no sedation, she just didn’t care and she forgot a lot. Praying for your babe.

Karen Smith - July 20, 2010 - 11:33 pm

Andrea, we are praying for Isaac and agree with you….so glad he is there with you now, so glad God has everything planned out, so glad that Isaac has alrady overcome so much! Piece of cake, Isaac! You are a trooper and so loved by your family. They’ve got your back! And God is in the details! Prayer coming your way for tomorrow.

Christy - July 21, 2010 - 6:58 am

Oh, I’m so glad he’s ok! Still praying for you guys!

Kameron Shadrick - July 21, 2010 - 10:43 am

So THANKFUL that God brought him home with you at the perfect time and that he is getting the love and care he needs – praise God. Thank you for this praise report. We must recognized and remember that God is GOOD, and He loves us, and He is in the details! Blessings!

missy - July 22, 2010 - 7:28 am

how beautiful to see god’s care for you and for your isaac. so glad he is HOME to be cared for by you.