Hello, me again. Anna's back and she is as cute as ever! I know I'm biased - most dad's are, right? But she is a cutie patootie!!!
Results from the cath lab were good. They did need to open the shunt up again, so the blood is now able to flow into the lungs to get oxygenated. That being said, they saw that the arteries that drain into the lungs are all still pretty small. So they need to open up. There are a few things they can do to assist in that, but time is the biggest equation. They just need time to open up! So that is the prayer now. Get those little arteries to open!
Once those open and she starts getting oxygen flowing to the rest of the body, they can take her off ECMO. And, as we all should know by now, getting off ECMO is our number one priority. I was told it's possible they will do another trial off ECMO tomorrow, providing those little arteries open up between now and then.
So, that is the medical outlook. Now, I'd like to get back to the spiritual outlook. While Anna was in the cath lab, Alissa and I had lunch with Pastor Dave. He shared a story about when his daughter's appendix ruptured, and she was in the hospital for a month, while the possiblility existed that she may not make it. Near the end, when things were looking bleak, Dave said he prayed a prayer that he had prayed many times over his daughter: "God, all you have to do is say the word, and she will get better!" Lo and behold, in a very short amount of time, she asked for food (which she hadn't eaten solid food in a month!). And (if I remember right...) she went home a few days later, all healed and ready to go!
Will you pray that prayer with Alissa and I? I don't know how God will chose to answer it, but I believe that He will. Sure, he could do the completely miraculous and get her fourth chamber there where it has never been there, or he could just start to make everything work right, so we can get her off ECMO, and get her body into a place (however long that takes) that she is able to function on her own and can go on with her life. However he chooses to answer, I know that He will.
Just say the word for our little Anna Joy angel, God. Please, just say the word!