Monday, May 17, 2010

With Flying Colors

We took Kohen to Children's on Wednesday to have the deflux procedure. He could not have anything other than clear items to eat or drink after midnight Tuesday night. He woke up Wednesday morning and didn't even ask for his milk. We were able to give him some pedialyte, jello and a popsicle for breakfast. He was a sticky mess but enjoyed the unusual treat.

We arrived early at the hospital and they called him back right away. They gave him crayons, coloring sheets, playdough and a Mr. Potato Head and put us in a room to watch cartoons.

The anestheiologist came in to ask us if he needed anything to calm him before he went back...but to her surprise, he was just sitting in the bed as happy as could be. He never once asked for anything to eat or drink.

At 12:45, our sweet friend, April, came and took him back to the OR. About an hour later Dr. Herndon told us that he did great and the procedure went as planned. He said he could still see where he had done the deflux procedure last July and it looked good.

About 2:15, they brought Kohen to us. As soon as he was in the room, he wanted his daddy to hold him and he wanted the IV out of his foot! He drank some fruit punch and was ready to go. He was such a sweet boy. He ran a little fever that night but was ready to go the next day.

We will return in one month for follow-up tests to see how his bladder and left kidney are functioning.

God is so good...we have been blessed to see His awesome healing power displayed in the life of Kohen. He has answered so many prayers large and small. He really does bear our burdens and load us with benefits.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Kohen's Test Report

We praise God for His continued goodness in the life of Kohen.

Yesterday morning as I was praying before we left for the hospital, I kept telling God that I was anticipating Him. As I opened up my devotional for the day it was entitled, “Expecting God. Once again God made Himself so real to me.

Kohen did fabulous with the first test. He laid still and watched cartoons unlike ever before. As we began the second test, he was okay until the doctor touched him. (There were not cartoons in this room.) He turned red and cried big tears, I think out of fear of the big machines and computers. After a few minutes he calmed down and laid completely still for the entire test.
Our doctor told us the procedure he did last July worked for the right kidney and it continues to function normally. He then told us that the left kidney was still having some problems although it was greatly improved since the procedure last July.

He also told us Kohen has Grade 5 reflux into his kidneys, which is the most severe reflux. With this severity they usually do an invasive surgery for repair; the doctor does not normally even try the procedure from last July. And even when he uses it he only has about a 20% success rate. He said Kohen was a “special” case. And of course we know that is because He has the hand of God and the power of the Holy Spirit all over him because of our persistent prayer and the love God.

Dr. Herndon will do another deflux procedure on the left side on May. They will have to put him to sleep for this procedure.

We will keep you posted on the details as it gets closer to time. We continue to covet your prayers for his total healing! Our God is mighty to save and heal. We give Him all praise!

One other thought: I was praying before we went that God's presence would be over our family - that people would look at us and see that we were different. When Dr. Herndon's nurse called us yesterday afternoon to set up the May procedure, she told me that she had told the testing nurse that morning that we were one of two of her family families that Dr. Herndon saw. That just assured me that God had answered my prayers. Pray that we will be HIS light to everyone we come in contact with at the hospital.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Two Year Tests

We are taking Kohen to Birmingham Thursday morning for our yearly tests on his bladder. He is doing GREAT - thanks to the Lord's mighty hand and ourstretched arm on his life! We are anticipating only good news.

We do ask that you pray for his bladder to be ready. He had some traces of bacteria this weekend that we are treating with new antibiotics.

Also, we ask prayer for him as he has to lie still for about 30 minutes for them to place the dye in his bladder and take all the computerized pictures. He's not really in the business of "sitting" still these days! So, pray we can keep him entertained. :)

Thanks so much for your continued prayers!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Kohen's report from Children's

We continue to stand amazed at God’s hand upon Kohen’s life. I assure you that we have a God in heaven who knows us by name and who is concerned about the details of our lives. Friday we took Kohen back to Children’s for our four month ultrasound and check up.

I have been praying specific Scriptures over Kohen that God would heal his left kidney. This kidney is the one that he has had the most problems with since birth. The doctor told us yesterday that the ultrasound showed the left kidney functioning normal with no dilation. God heard and God answered. To Him be all praise and glory and honor. For the first time since his birth – both of Kohen’s kidneys are functioning together in a normal range. Praise God!

We don’t always understand why life has the ups and downs that it does. But I assure you that God has taught me these last 20 months that if the sun is out – we praise Him and if the storm is blustering all around – we praise Him. It is all about us having a personal relationship with Him, trusting Him, believing Him, focusing on Him and pointing others to WHO HE IS – Creator and Redeemer!

Praise be to our God who daily bears our burdens – who daily loads us with benefits! (Psalm 68:19)

We take Kohen back in May for more tests, checking bladder growth and bacteria to help determine the type of antibiotics he needs. Please continue to believe with us for a total healing. We know that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we ask (Ephesians 3) or think for His glory!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry CHRISTmas

Christmas 2009

“Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!” ~ Psalm 38:19

This year has been a testimony of God’s grace to our family. Space is not enough to tell of the wondrous works the Father has performed in our lives.

Kohen received an outstanding report in September following his surgery in July. His right kidney is functioning normal and his left kidney has made remarkable improvements. We are praying for a total healing for him in the Lord’s timing. He is now 20 months old, weighing 24 pounds and is 27 inches tall. He is climbing on furniture, discovering the world and is wide-eyed at every turn. He enjoys music and animals. What an amazing gift God has given our family. Indeed Kohen was fearfully and wonderfully made!

Braxton is 4 ½ years old. He attends preschool two days a week, story time at the library, swimming lessons and mission friends at church. He keeps quite a social calendar! He still enjoys music and books. He is learning to read short three and four letter word books and has quite an imagination! Currently, he is preparing to be a shepherd in the preschool musical & play.

Tanya stays busy chasing after Kohen and taking Braxton to all his activities. In her “spare” time, she enjoys reading book, studying the Bible and keeping up with her friends on the computer. She continues to teach the young adult Sunday school class and direct Vacation Bible school. God blessed her in healing her knee after hardware removal surgery in October.

Sky stays busy at work and with church and community activities. He took Kohen to his first Auburn football game this year and took Braxton to several games. He also has taken an interest in turkey hunting and killed his first turkey this past spring.

We can only anticipate the benefits that God will bring us in the new year as we continue to discover his mercy and grace in new and exciting ways.

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King!”

Friday, September 11, 2009

A "Normal" Right Kidney

We are so incredibly thrilled and in awe of our amazing God - the Sovereign Lord and Healer. Today the surgeon told us that Kohen's right kidney was "normal" - a word we have never heard the first 16 months of his life! Praise God!! The left kidney is amazingly better - not yet "normal" but so much better. He showed us the ultrasound from May and then the one from today - HUGE difference!

We just want everyone to know the God we serve is alive and real. He hears our prayers and answers them.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Follow up

We are taking Kohen back to Birmingham tomorrow for a check up after this last surgery (six weeks ago). Pray with us that God is using this procedure to heal the reflux into his kidneys. We are blessed because this is a new procedure they have only been doing for three years and could replace the next major surgery if it works.