Well, it happened again. A test of Lizzy’s blood counts led to a transfusion that then turned into a hospital admission. This time she has been admitted to Norton Children’s in Louisville, so this makes 3 different children’s hospitals in 3 different states over the past year – I think maybe Lori and I might start a Travelers Review company that rates all of the different children’s hospitals across the country! (for those of you not familiar with my goofy sense of humor, that was meant to be a joke! – the part about the review company, not Lizzy’s admission – that part wasn’t funny).
Here’s a quick summary of the past 24 hours in pictures:
At this point, we aren’t sure when she will be discharged. The doctors here are coordinating with Lizzy’s doctors in Cincy and everyone wants to make sure she stays fever-free for a period of time AND that none of the blood cultures they’ve taken show any bacterial growth. AND that her blood counts are going back up.
So, Lori and I have been reminded once again that we really can only take it one day at a time. Circumstances can change in the blink of an eye and we just have to adapt and change and roll with it.
This is only the second time that Lizzy has had a fever and to be honest, it was a bit unsettling when it first happened. I thought we had moved past the fear and panic of some of the past events, but when things change so fast right before your eyes, there is still this moment, even if brief, where you catch your breath and your mind starts going crazy with What If’s and Maybe’s. But we are learning that those are the moments to fall on our knees and cry out to God and know that He hears us. So that’s what we did, along with some faithful brothers and sisters, and God gave us the peace and clarity of mind we needed at that moment.
As much as I would like to think that we’ve “arrived” on our faith journey, the reality is we won’t ever “arrive” until we meet Jesus face-to-face. Until then, we take 2 steps forward and 1 step back. Always striving to make progress. Sometimes succeeding. Sometimes not. Always believing. Always hoping. Sometimes fearful. Sometimes worried. Always confident of this “that he who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it”.
As Billy Graham’s wife Ruth was often quoted as saying “[we are] a work under construction until we go be with God”.
That’s it for now. I’ve got to go – I can hear the jackhammers and drills at work!