Miss Stella is now home.. I was able to bring her to my home on Wed morning and we were both SO happy to be home. On the very same day, her mommy, my daughter, went into the hospital for heart surgery...it was bitter sweet...
As I stated in the last post, Stella went into the PICU on Sat Feb 2nd. She became very critical very fast. By Tues Feb 5th, it was extremely grim. Her little body was not responding to any of the medications or treatments. The doctors and nurses were extremely concerned and admitted that they did not have much hope. I was terrified...lots of tears were shed.
Fasting and prayers were immediately sent heavenward on behalf of this sweet little girl. What was so unexpected was that our entire family was so blessed. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but maybe I just didn't even think about the "fallout" of these heartfelt offerings. Peace enveloped us like a familiar hug and we were better able to function in a seemingly impossible world.
Stella started to make very small improvements on Wed. Even her sweet nurse felt some hope for the first time since she had been admitted. By Sun Feb 10th, she was moved to a regular room and taken
off oxygen. She was able to get up and walk around, she giggled, colored, painted toe nails, watched cartoons, chattered and beamed her million dollar smile! We got our miracle!!
I feel like we, as a family, were given a second chance with this special little angel. She reminded us of the most important things in life. She reminded us that love, compassion, bravery, endurance and HOPE are some of the most important virtues one can possess. As I watched her endure countless needle jabbings and proddings, I saw her fear turn into courage. She displayed strength that many adults haven't yet found.
She is doing VERY well. She has some follow-up tests that will need to be done regarding the spots on her lungs, but her prognosis is very good.
Meanwhile, Aja got out of the hospital yesterday. She is very sore and tired but we are hoping that everything was a success. We still haven't received any conclusive reports but should be getting the results within the next two weeks.
I can't ever begin to thank my Heavenly Father enough. He is so loving and merciful. Whatever the outcome, I know that He was in charge the entire time. Life is precious. Perhaps that's the most important lesson learned. I have always believed that, but when death is looming over a young child, all perspective changes quickly. I can only hope that I will be a more patient, loving person. A person who desires to serve others more and finds joy in every situation. Tomorrow is never a guarantee, instead, a huge blessing.