Saturday, September 17, 2011
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow- Lila's miracle
Our little Lila is so very easy to love. I love her spunk, her spirit her complete trust in me, her momma. She loves life all the time and we love watching her discover her new life thru her eyes. You can imagine our heartbreak when we received the news weeks ago from her blood tests that she had Hep. C.
She also tested positive for giardia, and high lead levels. She is taking a multivitamin plus iron that should take care of the lead levels and we have treated her twice with flagyl . We have had giardia before so this was not a new path for us. Selah also tested high for lead and she too takes the vitamin and we will retest in 3 months to make sure it is dropping. The Hep C has been a new journey for our family. She gave no symptoms and at her age the way she got it would have been thru her mom. So we researched and went to see a specialist at Johns Hopkins the day after Anna's surgery...since I was already down there with Anna. I already wrote about him in a post about Andrew. I really like him though. He shared that he was certain from the initial blood tests that she had Hep C. He needed to do some other tests and then he would do a liver biopsy and then he would know the extent of the liver damage as well as the genotype for the Hep C so he could treat it. There is no cure for Hep C and it is fatal if not treated....but after the treatment ( a shot of interferon given by me weekly and a pill) for 6 months or a year ( depending on the genotype) they retest and even if at that time they don't find any of the virus they don't consider it cured but dormant. Precautions would have to be taken with her blood anytime she got a cut, make sure there was no sharing of personal items like toothbrushes, or nail clippers. So for the past weeks we have been preparing ourselves for this journey . We have not had a child test postive for Hep C and so this was a new journey for our family. My heart ached for my child and even for her mom who most likely had it too .
There were lots of questions like how did she get thru the embassy medical wihtout it being picked up and how could we help her mom back in Ghana. Well last nite Dr. K called me to give me the lastest tests results. First her giardia was negative . Praise God we are done with that. Then he shared the most amazing news ever with us....He said he could find no genotypes because there were also now no antibiodies for C......I immediately told him I could just come thru the phone and kiss him- He laughed...then I shared that I was a woman of faith and I had been praying for just this very news... Dr. K even acknowledged it had to be our prayers because there is no explanation for what happened. I asked was the first one a false positive and he said it could have been but not all of them could have. He is retesting her in 3 to 6 months but feels confident that she does not have Hep C.However miraculous it would be, I knew before he shared the results that was what they would be. I know my Lord can do miracles and this time He chose to do just that by healing our Lila . We have experienced this healing before and we have experienced a diff. answer to our prayers before as well...but in both we praise God for who He is and for all of His blessings.
I have relatives who choose to not to believe in God....I have even recently been slammed by one of them for my belief that the Lord provides even in mysterious ways. I will not even entertain those thoughts because my life has seen the evidence of the Lord in too many ways and in too many miracles to doubt His existence. We are rejoicing today for Lila's health and the power of our prayers.