Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Prayers, Fasting, Medical, and Yesterday (Intermission 1 3/4)

Is today really Tuesday?  Are you sure?  Did Monday tell you that?  Don't repeat this, but I'm thinking that Monday is just being a tad destructive lately.  I think we need an intervention.

It's totally silent in my house.  I know any minute the house will explode in noise.  Shhhhh....everyone's asleep.

It's already a Tuesday Monday.  You ever have one of those?  One of those days where Monday carries on to the rest of the week?  I can't share why, but this peaceful morning wasn't exactly the Tuesday I longed for...or peaceful (smile).  Forget this headache I don't seem to be able to get rid of...pffttt.

While I have a few moments, I wanted to shoot a post out there and let you guys know some of what's been going on, both with Ben and to direct you to a friend's blog for day of prayer.  You guys have been such a blessing covering us in prayer.

Short and sweet....that's the direction I'm going for today.

Last week Ben had his Nutrition appointment.  We found he'd gained back every ounce he had lost (happy dance).  She said to keep doing whatever we are doing.  We do have another appointment in September to continue to monitor him.  The fact that he only eats soft food (doesn't chew) can be tricky at times.

THIS FACE...(laughing)

Yesterday was his big appointment.  Benjamin had his teeth looked at.  Things didn't go exactly as planned and I will need to make some calls this morning.

The dental clinic is WONDERFUL, just as the hospital, but the dental clinic is small (though the hospital is not).  They wouldn't be able to do surgery until December.  We can't do that with Ben's mouth. 

The appointment itself was rough.  Because Ben, though ten, is still developmentally 2-3.... they needed to place him on something that looked like a body board with a wrap around it.  They HAD to get these x-rays and this little guy may be small, but he's strong.  They had soft cloth ties that went around his wrists and a "wrap" that went around his entire body. 

Side note:  I'm a pretty tough mommy.  I can handle a lot....but body wrapping my son that was probably tied to his crib for years...it broke my heart. 

It HAD to happen though.  We just couldn't think of another way. 

 
My daughter took the picture before...well, the worst of it.  Under the protective bib, he is wrapped up completely.
 
 
He handled it well...until they started messing with his mouth.  They have experience with special needs kids.  They did it as quick as possible while trying to comfort him.

His teeth are as bad as we thought, with a possible hope for the teeth that are adult teeth.  He has two adult teeth on the top front.  These teeth have the most hope.  They will need work, but can possibly be saved.

He has four adult teeth on the bottom that are not as damaged, but they sit (due to corrosion and gum disease) loose in his mouth.  They may or may not be able to save them.  He also has two in the back in similar condition. 

The rest are baby teeth.  It's unknown whether this is a good thing or not.  They are all completely rotted, most down to the gums.  The corrosion could go past the baby teeth into the teeth that have not come up yet.  Much they won't know until they are in there. 

They don't know for sure that any teeth in his mouth can be saved.

During the exam, we saw the extent of the damage.  His mouth poured blood.  It was on the examiners hands, around his mouth...the gum disease is beyond what most have seen.  We have to watch for abscesses until we can get his teeth pulled.  It's better if the pus drains.  If it doesn't....

Ben was mad at first as they proceeded with those awkward  x-rays.  You know the ones where they put a cardboard square the size of a large cacti in your mouth (and it feels like it too).  Ben's mouth is so sensitive and that's created an oral aversion.  As it progressed, Ben started to sob and there was little I could do.  It was painful to watch for both Sarah and I. 

When we all climbed back into the car, we just sat there...and sat. 

Ben will have to go to the hospital where the cost may be higher (if we can't get onto a needed program).  He HAS to have surgery...and we have peace about it.  We believe this is where God wants us and that is where we want to be.  More hoops? Yes, but God's plans are SOOOOOO much better than ours.  As two have told me within an hour of each other, maybe more people need to know Ben's story.

Today we start calling around and getting things set in motion.

Today is also a day of prayer and fasting (if you can) over at "A Place Called Simplicity" and here. 

Prayer is relationship...it's talking with our Heavenly Father.  We are made in HIS image.  Can you imagine a relationship with your spouse, parent, child where you say the same flippant words every day (that's all) and expect a relationship to be healthy. 

Our Father in Heaven should be the relationship, above all else, that deserves every moment of our time.  He deserves our honor and worship.  HE DESERVES OUR AWE.

If you click on "A Place Called Simplicity" you can add your prayer request there and you are also more than welcome to leave a request here and we will add it to the list below.  The only thing we ask is that you please let us know updates.  We'd love to share how God has answered prayer. 

Here is our prayer request from today that we posted on "A Place Called Simplicity".  The remainder of the requests (including prayers for others) are below.

"Our ten year old son (tenth blessing) is only six weeks back from the Ukraine (a mental institution since he has Down Syndrome). Could you please pray for our sweet boy's attachment. It's going to be a long process and right now he sees us as special caregivers (which we totally understand). We long for him to understand the love of family and attach to us.

Also, this is not near as important, but could you please pray for our house to be fixed. During our earlier adoption our foundation exploded (literally a foundation cable gave way) and as it shifted a hole was opened in our roof (it split). Our foundation and our roof need repaired and we have no money to do so. We also hope to add more space (convert garage, etc.?) or sell this house so that if God calls us again and enlarges our family, the room is there. Could you please pray that our house is fixed however is necessary? Thank you...."


"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Personal Prayer Requests

Immediate: Please pray we are able to get Ben's teeth fixed and heart echo QUICKLY and that the results are good.

Ben~At Home: That he continues to seek love, attaches, and finds a healthy stranger anxiety.  That he learns to stop aggression to himself and others.  That he learns the value of listening to mommy and daddy.   Finally, that he learns to play with toys (imaginative play) and be a child that he has never had a chance to be.

Me: For healing emotionally and for health (I'm struggling with stress related things due to the situation in the "U")...for patience and that I am not easily angered or critical (feeling a little grumpy...blick).

The Family: Please pray for each child's emotional, physical, and spiritual health AND PROTECTION.  That Thomas feels rested and for his professional life (blessing).    Please continue to pray for a vehicle (or a way for a vehicle) to present itself (see previous post about the unnamed prayer request) and finances.  Our house needs to be fixed (foundation and roof) and we hope someday to expand (possibly convert the garage) in order to have the room if God calls us again.   Please also pray we find a new and hopeful "normal".

Prayers for Others
Please forgive us if your prayer request is not listed.  We may not be sure if you wish us to share it.  Please shoot us an email and let us know!

*Please pray for Selah, who had a very serious stroller accident.  Please join us in storming Heaven for a miracle of complete healing.  Please also pray for peace that passes understanding for her family.

*Please pray for Tommy, a tiny 15 year old from Eastern Europe.  He is very special needs and has only recently come home. 

*Please pray for Eden, a little blessing from Ethiopia, who has a life threatening disorder.

*Please pray for Joey and Rex's family as they lost these sweet boys this last year. 

*Please continue to pray for Ruby, Jeremiah, Katie, Carrington, Selah, Daniel, and Wes.  These little ones came into their families with health difficulties (this is an understatement).  A few were caused by severe situations of neglect or malnourishment (or both). 

*Please pray for our friends the “K” family who is struggling with attachment and other situations.


*Please pray for my friend Jodi (and family) as they have grown by two precious boys recently.  Please pray for their health and for heath situations with all their blessings.

*Please pray for Eliz and her family as they transition with their many new blessings.  Also for her grown children and their healing as well.
 
*Please pray for Gena (and family) and their teen son. Please pray for him to come to know CHRIST.

*Please pray for the "S", "P", and "D" family.  Members of their families are fighting for their lives against drug addiction.

*Please pray for young Emma as she has recently moved to Uganda to minister to those beloved children of God and now has a precious son through the blessing of adoption.
 
*Please pray for Molly and her family as they seek a precious one from the "U".  Please pray for the process to be smooth.  Please pray for their son, their family, and the finances as they continue.

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