Thursday, August 25, 2011

With Rejoicing

Yesterday, we took Caden back to Children's at Egleston to see his surgeon for his first follow-up appointment. He had an x-ray and then met with his surgeon, Dr. Kanter. Dr. Kanter said that everything looked great! His x-ray was clear, his incision is healing well, his echo looked good, and everything appears to be going as well as it could possibly be going. Dr. Kanter pointed out that Caden's surgery was one of the more major surgeries they do at Children's, and he was pleased with how well he was doing considering that he had such major surgery. They even said that Caden can hopefully be off his feeding tube in a week or two! They also said that they are hopeful that his next surgery wont be for another 5 years at least. We go see Caden's cardiologist next week, and they will continue to monitor that left ventricle and see how that progresses and what that means for future surgeries.

For some reason, I feel reluctant to say that God has miraculously healed our son. Maybe it's because I don't know, for sure, that he's "better." Or I'm scared that something will still go wrong.  . . Regardless of my own fears and doubts, however, the truth is that God deserves all the glory for the things He has already done to heal Caden's heart. The fact that Caden is home with us, that he is snuggled in our arms, that the doctors are pleased with his progress . . . that's a miracle. And we are thankful and joyful in knowing that our prayers, and y'alls prayers, have been answered. And we have to have faith that they will continue to be answered each step of the way.

"You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness." - Psalm 30:11

We are truly moved to tears every time we think about the powerful impact that Caden's life has already had on so many people. We are honored and blessed and humbled that we get to be a part of his life, that we have the privilege of being entrusted with his life. I am blown away by the number of people who are praying for Caden's healing and for our peace and comfort, who have seen their prayers answered, and their faith renewed. Every note and email y'all send is balm for our souls, and I only wish I could sit down and thank each and every one of you over diet coke and cheese dip. Because the truth is that Adam and I are nothing special. God gets all the glory for the ways He is using Caden's special heart to change hearts all over the world.

Yesterday at Caden's doctor's appointment, the nurse practitioner who works with Dr. Kanter told Adam that someone at her church sent her our blog, and she has been praying for Caden, without even knowing that he was/is one of her patients! What a mighty God we serve that He works diligently to cover us with His grace, even in the smallest details! So thank you for sharing Caden's story, and we hope you will continue to do so as he recovers.

The doctor told us that "just living" is exercise for our little guy right now. He breaths faster and his heart works harder as it tries to heal and adapt. So continue to pray that with each beat, his heart will be healed and strengthened. Caden has also been having some reflux issues (they told us that most heart babies do because of all the tubes, medications etc), so please pray that he wont be in any more pain - poor little man has been through enough already! And, most importantly, pray with thanksgiving and tell people about the wonders that God is doing in and through Caden's little tiny heart.

18 comments:

  1. I am in tears just reading your blog at every update...tears of happiness! God is so good!
    Prayers continue for you and your precious family!

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  2. Rejoicing with you in the miracle of your baby : )

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  3. Love the last photo...his sweet little fist! Praise the Lord and all his greatness!

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  4. So happy that Caden is progressing so well. The power of prayer is breathtaking!

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  5. Um, Becca, that last picture is just PRECIOUS- oh my goodness!!

    Praising God for continuing to heal Caden's heart- and praying others see His miraculous ways!

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  6. I love that last picture! Praying for you and your family!

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  7. Praise God...Caden is another one of God's miracles. Will continue to pray for Caden and your family.

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  8. Becca - Just minutes before I checked your blog and saw this update, a friend who had open heart surgery right after birth posted this on Facebook and I had to share:
    My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26 NIV)

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  9. That is wonderful and glad to hear that everythign is going smooth. God is great all the time! Those pictures are just so sweet I want to just scoop him up and hold his precious little self. Rejoicing is def right!!!!

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  11. God is good!! my little heart baby also went through reflux and was tube fed for 28 months. When I started giving her probiotics, her reflux went away. The reflux meds caused her more problems than they helped. You are welcome to read her story at www.lifeshiddenblessings.blogspot.com or www.carepages.com/carepages/Aurianasheart . Praying your little one continues to heal and grow and get stronger!!

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  12. Simply amazing. Such a rockstar!

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  13. such wonderful news! God is good. I will continue to pray for healing, comfort, & peace...

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  14. Praise GOD! He is wonderful isn't He! I am so glad we can add these praises on our prayer card for Caden and your family. Continued prayers and thank you for keeping us all updated on the wonders God is doing!

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  15. These pictures are just so unbelievably precious and priceless. I love your updates and am just continuing to pray for ya'll!! Lots of love to the whole Stanley clan today!

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  16. Thank you so much for the updates. I am afraid the worry will never be gone. Is there such a place as completely healed? It seems as my youngest nears his 2nd birthday, we are amazed by the interesting "health" issues that arise. Just as we get comfortable with cerebral palsy and febrile seizures, we are introduced to acid reflux, cow's milk allergies, and extreme eczema. These challenges only make us stronger. (I say this now, of course) The human body is amazing, a child's body even more amazing and bewildering, but the spirit is the power behind it all. Our children will get better, their scars will heal, their memories will fade and we as parents remain with a forever lingering thought of their struggles, our struggles, our tears, our worry, our pure insanity, and most of all how we rose above and became stronger. Stronger people, stronger believers, stronger parents, stronger wives...It is truly amazing the amount of emotion that the spirit of a parent can withstand. Caden will heal, he will get stronger, he will have challenges in the future...these worries are the burdens of a mother and father. He will never know any different, he will surpass all expectations and he will never think he is any different than the child next to him. But he will feel the love and the support that he is surrounded with and be stronger everday. Nothing in his future will ever be harder than this first few moments of life. It is all uphill from here. The worry should now be if everyone else is going to be able to keep up with him!! Love and prayers from The Ray Family in Savannah

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  17. Rejoicing along with y'all! Oh, Caden is perfectly and wonderfully made. So thankful for how God is working in and through him!

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  18. Yesterday, through a series of links, I happened upon your blog. And once I started reading, I couldn't stop. God bless you, your family, and your ministry. This morning in church we were singing "It is Well With My Soul," a song at times was impossible for me to make it through. But now it is one that I'm grateful to God that I can sing confidently. What struck me, though, was that your sweet little family who I may never meet this side of heaven was on my mind through the whole song...I pray that no matter the type of day, good news or bad, worry or rejoicing, that you can still say it is well with your soul. Praying for you and thanking God for all He has done thus far!

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