Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pray for Abigail

Please pray for Abigail-Her condition has worsened. They had to stop her feedings, put her back on IV fluids, & put a tube down her throat to constantly pump her stomach. The dr.'s can't figure out what's wrong with her. She either has an infection, an obstruction of bowels (which they would fix w/ surgery), or she's intolerant to food (not sure how to fix this). We are very worried & emotionally overwhelmed. It's so hard to watch my baby girl suffer-she gags constantly because of the tube and she just cries and cries because she's hungry. There is nothing we can do to console her. However, it's even worse having to leave her there alone then it is to listen to her cry. It has been so taxing trying to pump every 1 1/2 hrs, feed Aiden every 3 (and learn how to take care of a newborn for the first time), and make the trip up to the NICU (which usually takes about 5 hours everyday by the time we drive 1 hr, pump 2x there, and see her). Sometimes I'm so upset when I get home from the NICU that I want to quit, but I know I can't because Aiden needs me too. My heart is constantly torn. We are exhausted and desperatly need the Lord's grace and mercy to make it through each moment. The past 19 days have definitly been the hardest thing He has ever walked me through...I find myself playing the what-if game or second guessing myself alot. Mostly though I'm just so sad she's sick.

14 comments:

Amy said...

Katie, I hear the desperation in your voice and I am praying for you. I don't have any words of my own but God brought this to mind and i hope you find your breath and your rest in God's words
"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.I say to myself "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord....Though He brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men." Lam 3:21-26, 32-33

Katie He alone will get you through this.

Molly Webers said...

I am praying for Abigail - that Jesus heal her little body and that the doctors and nurses gain understanding of what the problems are and that they have wisdom in treating her.

I am praying for you and Ben - that you have peace that comes from knowing the One who made your beautiful children and knows how many hairs are on their heads. And that when you rest, even for the briefest time, that you would be renewed and refreshed and have the strength to keep going.

And I am praying for Aiden - that God continue to help him grow strong and that his breathing would be completely normal.

Sarah Thompson, MK said...

Katie - I am Sarah, Joy's MK Director friend in Oak Harbor. I think we've emailed a few times & Joy thinks so much of you! I just want you to know that our Officers Bible study & your extended MK family in Oak Harbor is praying for your family right now! We are pulling for you and remember Romans 8:28! Love,
Sarah P.S. Tho' I know your heart is troubled, you look amazingly wonderful! :)

Danelle said...

oh Katie. I love you guys. God is Abigail's physician, protector and provider. I will be praying for her nurses and doctors to figure out what's wrong and restore her health. He is sufficient. Only HE is sufficient. His love endures forever!

Crystal Hardin said...

Katie, I have been thinking a lot about your family lately and have been sending as many positive thoughts as I have your way. I cannot imagine what you must be going through right now, but atleast, from the looks of it, you are not going through it alone. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts. Please keep us all updated.

Danny and Jennifer White said...

Will pray for your family!

The Forehand Family said...

Ben and Katie, we pray for you everyday. We know that all of you are exhausted and overwhelmed, and we pray for strength, wisdom, and endurance for you all. Hold on to your faith and trust in God and he will strengthen and renew you. We pray for Abigail's healing and Aiden's growth and strengthening. We also remember you daily and pray for traveling mercies as you go back and forth to be with Abigail. May the Lord bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand. May you feel his love and know that during this time he is carrying you! Let him be your strength! Love, The Forehands
Brad, Amy, Braden, and Brantley

Ashley said...

Hey Katie,
I am praying for clarity for you and Ben, the doctors and nurses, and strength to endure. Please don't give up. This will pass, and when it does you will know in a new and undeniable way that you can do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength. Keep praying. And when you cannot, rest soundly knowing that your friends and loved ones are praying for you. Be safe and calm in that knowledge. God knows best though we can't always see it.

My community group will lift up prayers for you, Ben, Abigail, Aiden, your mom and dad, his parents, and the doctors & nurses.

Know that I send love to you and your little ones. Keep up the good work; you are doing a fabulous job. Your family needs you now in a wonderful way and you are delivering with flying colors. Chin up. I'll pray morning and night for a healthy family.

Love you.

TheMcDaniels said...

Ben & Katie,
Roy and I send our love and prayers. I have been lifting up your precious babies in prayer. We love you all.

JD and Danielle said...

Katie-we are praying for you guys. For strength, endurance, faith, and hope for you and Ben. Continued health for Aiden and healing for Abigail. We also pray for wisdom for the Drs. to figure out what is going on with Abigail.

Leslie said...

Hey Katie
My name is Leslie and I am a freind of Sarah May. I was reading your blog and will be praying for you and your precious little ones. I did want to let you know about something to help with pumping. It is called a pumping band. I think you can probably find it on Amazon. I was not able to nurse my first baby and used it to hold the pump on. When I went back to work I started using it while driving so I could travel and pump at the same time. It also helped with those middle of the night pumpings. I so would have quit if it had not been for the pumping band. I hope this helps a little.

stephanie said...

YES. YES. YES.

Bevsmom said...

Yes, I will definitely continue to pray for all of you. In addition I am forwarding your updates to others who will also pray for you!

Clair

Brandi Duhaime Waid said...

Katie,

I absolutely believe in the power of prayer and in Divine healing. God is so much bigger than the devil's schemes. God knows the outcome; He knows the glory that is going to come from all of this. I just want you to know that I commit 100% to praying for you, Ben, Abigail, and Aiden. If I can do anything else let me know. I love you and trust God completely for you.

Brandi Duhaime Waid