Sunday, January 24, 2016

Astounding news and Anne B.

Sharing your heart and offering strangers a glimpse into your personal life through blogging can be an interesting adventure.

 Sometimes it opens you up to cynicism or unfair criticism, exposing the side of humanity you wish you didn't have to see ... the ugliness that can reside in people's hearts that is revealed in judgmental comments or hateful emails or ... whatever. But thankfully those instances, cruel or tasteless as they may be, are few and far between. 

And then there are days like the last few days, when my faith is stretched a little thin and my emotions are running high and sleep deprivation is adding to the overall stress of everything ... and a comment in the comment section connects with my heart and opens me up to a possibility I didn't even consider. And suddenly I'm reminded of why I love blogging so much and why I opened myself up to readers in this little corner of the Internet in the first place . 

If you've read my last two posts you know we went from an incredible high (absolutely easy and quick labor and delivery and healthy mommy and baby) to a scary low within the matter of a few days. 



I didn't write about it in detail, and I will when we are back home again.. but the infection Madison developed in her belly button and cord stump - Omphalitis - can go from bad to worse in a very short amount of time. Worse meaning flesh eating and fatal. And Madison's looked like it was moving pretty aggressively - Wednesday morning her belly button looked a little swollen and pink, and by the afternoon there was a half inch bright red ring surrounding the umbilical cord stump. A doctor, a neonatologist, and a surgeon came in to take pictures (in case they needed to compare things later on) and immediately they ordered three very heavy duty antibiotics to be started in an iv. Again, I'll blog more about what followed, but things got even scarier at two in the morning a few nights later when the blood culture came back positive for a growing staph infection .


I wish I could say my first response was one of faith and confidence, but at two in the morning - functioning on very little sleep - I was falling apart . 

I asked for prayer in a number of group texts, asked for prayer here and on Instagram, Sam and I held each other and prayed our hearts out several times an hour ... and things slowly began to turn around . The doctors told us we were looking at an additional seven to fourteen days in the NICU - after we got a blood culture that came back as clear of infection. And that starting point hadn't even begun. I was already having some meltdowns missing my kids at home, and the thought of being away from them that long, coupled with fear over what Madison could be facing ... Suffice it to say, my emotional state was less than stellar. 

And then a comment on the previous post came to my email inbox, from a long time faithful blog reader ...

Anne B. has left a new comment on your post "Pray for Bunny": 

Praying this morning, Lord God, that your healing touch on Madison Faith would ASTOUND the doctors and all of those caring for her and that you would receive all the glory for it! In Jesus' precious name, Amen and Amen! 



And suddenly it dawned on me ... why am I just praying for Madison to "be okay" and that this infection wouldn't turn into the life threatening thing it sometimes does? Why wasn't I contending and believing in prayer for something ASTOUNDING to happen ? Where was my faith that everything could turn around for good, and that it could happen just as quickly as things had taken a turn for the worse ?


        (View from cafeteria windows)

I told Sam about the comment and we both began to pray fervently for Madison to astound the doctors with a turn-around... that we would go home sooner rather than later, and that things would change dramatically in the next few days. 


         (Big brother Noah came to visit !)

The comment section on our Instagram account was flooded with love and support and assurances that people were praying, friends and family from all over texted us or called to say they were praying continuously for our Bunny, and all of you loyal blog readers left comments or sent emails saying the same. I knew we weren't alone in this, and I experienced the same thing I did in labor and delivery - I felt your prayers .



And on top of all this, my favorite and only brother from the other side of the country showed up in our NICU room on Friday night ... I had my back to the door and was putting on some Chapstick, I turned around, and there he was sitting in my blue vinyl recliner with a smug smile on his grizzly face (Chris, I hope you find a razor sometime soon.) I squealed in shock and delight and jumped onto his lap and gave him a big hug ... he was just what I needed at that precise moment . 

So the next day, after saying goodbye to my brother, the doctor on call walked in with a cheery smile.

"I've got some wonderful news for you folks this afternoon," he said. 

And then he proceeded to tell us that the new blood cultures on Madison came back totally cleared .. and that he had spoken to the doctor for infectious diseases upstairs (is it just me, or are all important people always somewhere "upstairs" lol) and her recommendation was to stop the antibiotics immediately and just observe Madison for the next few days ! He said he concurred, because we don't want babies on heavy duty antibiotics if they don't need to be, and he told us he was very hopeful that she was going to be just fine and on her way home in a few days. 

The nurse came in to take her off oxygen,  the iv came out, and just like that ... Things had turned around for good again. 


      (Kenzie and Lily came Saturday to spend the whole day with us !)



     (Nap with Daddy in the NICU)

Madison has been nursing and taking her  bottles filled with my pumped milk like a champ ... She did great with her oxygen as soon as they took her off it... She is waking up on her own to take her feedings every two to three hours ... And this morning the doctor told us that we would be going home in one to two days. 

AMEN AND AMEN!! 

So a huge thank you to Anne B. for encouraging me to stretch my faith and my prayers and believe God for ASTOUNDING things - you not only helped this exhausted Mama, you inspired my husband's Sunday morning sermon. He worked on it late last night here at the hospital, and then drove back to our town this morning to preach.  

And now my little chubby Bunny is letting me know it is time for her to eat. 

I'll be back soon with more pictures and more details of Madison's birth . 

Thank you all SO much for praying and encouraging us with your kind words and outpouring of support - it means more than words can say . 



Xoxoxo Patti 

40 comments:

Priscilla said...

Absolutely thrilled to hear this news! Thanks for the update & for sharing your (ridiculously adorable) Madison.

(Long time lurker, first time commenter, from snowy Maryland.) :-)

noelle02 said...

I am so thrilled to hear your prayers were answered so spectacularly. God truly is good, isn't He!

Jennifer Hill said...

Praise God! That is such great news. I'm sorry you had to go through the scary part but thank you for being transparent because don't all of us stumble in our walk especially when lack of sleep is involved. Hugs.

Pink Slippers said...

Wonderful news!! So happy. She is so beautiful!

Wagner Family said...

Thank you for being willingly to share your life with the rest of us. So, so uplifting, real, funny, inspiring, God honoring...We have loved checking for updates & pictures since Lily was a baby. My husband wonders who we are talking about since we talk about your family like you're neighbors. Lol. Thank you for being willingly to move past the haters to encourage the rest of us who adore your family. In a world that often times doesn't uphold the value of children, marriage, and family, it's so refreshing to see a like-minded family loving and enjoying each other. We'll continue to lift your family up in prayer. Congratulations on the new addition. Madison is wonderfully and fearfully made! May others come to know the Lord because of her testimony. To God be the glory great things He has done.

suzanne Sherman said...

There is no God like our God! I had to hold back happy tears while reading this for fear of hubby going into panic mode and rolling his eyes at my super sentimental and sappy heart. This is such wonderful news and all glory goes to God. He heard our prayers and he answered. What a beautiful start to Madison's testimony. Praying you get much needed rest tonight.

Anne B. said...

As my friend's little girl would say, clapping her hands, HAPPYLUJAH!!!! Thank you, loving God, for this awesome healing by your grace and mercy! I've been the worst lurker, checking all day for an update....although I felt in my heart that God was holding this sweet baby in his hands as he has all through your pregnancy, labor, and delivery. I'm so thrilled to see all of these beautiful pictures of Madison and her siblings! I can't wait to hear what Hayden thinks! Prayers for the blessings to continue to come. And yes, to God be the glory! Amen and Amen!

H Hen said...

Hi Patti. I serve God in a fellowship church in New England and have been reading your post for a couple of years. I've never left a comment, but feel compelled today. I just want you to know that your bunny has already brought so much joy into this world...even to complete strangers...through her precious face:)! Praying for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your precious daughter with us.
Heidi

Liz Denison said...

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine... to Him be glory... for ever and ever! Amen!

Tracey Lopez said...

So happy to hear this!! I have been checking here for an update. Madison is just precious!!

The Bronson Boy's said...

So so happy to hear lol the God news! And so heart felt to feel and see God move! This has shed a light on a situation in my life. To pray that God will do astounding things in my situation. Thanks for sharing. And continued prayers. Can't wait to see more pictures of your sweet bunny

Faith Kopp said...

Noah, I am so jealous. I can just see the love pouring out of you to that sweet precious baby. Cannot wait to see you all again and hold you all in my arms.

GOD IS GOOD!!! Expect the very best from Him, ask and you shall receive 100 fold.

Heidi said...

We have a God who does ASTOUNDING miracles! So glad Madison is doing so well!!!

Raelyn said...

Patti....
Praise God to Whom all blessings flow.... ;-D
Thanks for the update!! ;)
Love you later, Raelyn

mom of three said...

Yippee Jesus! Thank you God for restoring Madison's health and strengthening our faith. Patti, we are always praying for you and your family from Woodburn! With love and gratitude for this miracle, Gretchen

Allie P. said...

Praise God! What wonderful news! Thank you for sharing with all of us.

Crystal Kupper said...

This makes me so happy to hear. And she is just perfect!

nicole said...

She is so beautiful and precious, Praise the Lord she weathered the storm

rosemaryj said...

Such good news. Still praying xx

Carla Esteva said...

Congratulations! She is so perfect and beautiful. I'm sure she will soon join her siblings at home soon.
On another note, tried to send you an IG request, but I think I'm blocked. My IG name is carlaesteva. I'd love to continue following your family.

Patti said...

Unblocked you, Carla - send a request ! Xo

Donna said...

Praise God, thank you for sharing your Blessings with us!

MyMy said...

Dear Patti and your family, congratulations on the birth of your little girl! I hope you are feeling better after that NICU stay. Love for you and your family and for your newest little Bunny Madison. Are you going to call her Maddie?

Anne said...

Congratulations on the birth of this spectacular blessing. Tiny bit jealous that you got two and some of us only get to experience the gift of Down Syndrome through the lives of others. So very thankful for answered prayers. I have to say I saw something recently that said " If you think God won't send you more than you can handle, you don't know God". So true because the ONLY way to handle the stresses and challenges in this life is by knowing God, He will help you handle everything.

I would love to once again follow you on IG, but I don't know how to request to follow ��

Patti said...

Anne - what is your user name there ? I'll make sure you aren't blocked . I'm psalm127.5 there now.

Our victory! said...

Glory to God!! We are so happy to hear that! We been praying for her believing for a great report!! I wish I could be able to hold her💜She's precious!! Xoxox from Arizona

Our victory! said...

patti I would love to follow you on ig my- Heidi 9466

Our victory! said...

Glory to God!! We are so happy to hear that! We been praying for her believing for a great report!! I wish I could be able to hold her💜She's precious!! Xoxox from Arizona

Anne said...

Apcpugh :)

Heidi D said...

Thrilled that things have turned round. Your family will stay in my prayers

Courtenay said...

Praise God!! I'm so happy He has blessed you with another beautiful baby! I have loved following your blog for several years but can't seem to follow you on Instagram. I must be blocked from your account. I'm piercemom4 on Instagram and would love to follow you there.
Thank and may God continue you to bless your sweet family!

Patti said...

Found you and unblocked you - send a request ! :)

Heather said...

Thanks be to God!!!

MandeeVK said...

Hi Patti!
I've read your blog for some time now and would love to re-follow you on Instagram. I think I'm currently blocked :) @MandeeVK is my user name.

So thankful for the truly astounding things God is doing in Madison's life already!!

Anne said...

I guess I am a IG goofball...when I search Psalm 127.5i can't find you 😢

Patti said...

Anne - what's your IG user name ? I'll look you up .

Anne said...

Apcpugh

Patti said...

Anne - found you and unblocked you :)

Juliein36 said...

I've been looking through your whole blog just to find the comment where you posted your IG name, but I can't find you on there when i search for psalm127.5 :(
My username is juliein36 - I loved following you on youe old account when you still had it!
Love from Germany <3

Juliein36 said...

I looked through your whole blog to find the post where you commented your IG name, but when I look you up there I can't find you :( I loved following you on your old account! My username is juliein36

Love from Germany <3