I know we haven’t posted the last couple of days. I guess we just ran out of words or couldn’t figure out what else to say after the recent events. Don’t worry, it’s not about Desmond. Our little one is doing really good. Today he’s onto full feeds, which means less tubes going into his body to help him digest. That’s great news. Also he pooped last night which is another big deal because it means he’s digesting mama’s milk really well. They said that once all the tubes are gone, he’d be ready to transfer to Group Health on Capitol Hill so they can take care of him there. Which means, he will be closer to us and it’d be easier for me to see him whenever I want to.
Now onto recent events. Two mornings ago, I woke up at 5:30 in the morning to take some meds. Only to find out, as I was sipping on the straw from my water jug, that the right side of my face wasn’t moving. Yes you heard that right. The right side of my face wasn’t moving!!! I woke Nick up to tell him what’s going on. He called 911 and in 2 minutes there were firemen and medics in our bedroom. Turns out, I wasn’t having a stroke (thank you Lord!) but it was something else. After the firemen and medics left, Nick decided it’s best to take me to the doctor to see what’s going on. After an EKG, CT scan, blood draw and other tests, the diagnosis was Bell’s Palsey. Which we find out is another random thing you can get post partum. Nice! I guess preeclampsia wasn’t random enough.
They gave me steroids and antiviral meds to take for a week. As well as special eye drops to make sure my right eye doesn’t dry out. Thank God I can close my eyes and my lips are NOT drooping. It could be worse really. It’s just hard to drink and eat since the right side of my lips are not moving. At least I still have dimples to show on the left side of my cheek.
Ah I don’t know whether to laugh or cry anymore. It’s more than surreal. What’s crazy about this is, after everything that is happening to us, I really really felt God telling me, “Watch what I’m about to do.” Like with all these happening, He’ll suddenly turn it around into miracle after miracle that would make us see how big and amazing He is.
My faith in Him is stronger. My tears, they still come, but I know I will be ok. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through in my whole life and I still believe and have faith that He will pull me and my family through this.
Please pray for…
- My face to go back to normal… no more Bell’s Palsey in Jesus name!
- Grace upon grace for my husband who has been so busy with the packing and moving, dealing with paperwork and taking care of me and Des
- For joy to fill our home no matter what
- For comfort and peace despite all the bad news we are getting
- For Desmond to keep growing and to get stronger everyday
Thank you again for keeping us in your prayers. Thank you friends for the food that you have been providing for us since it’s been tricky to try and make food ourselves. We love you all!
I had skin to skin time with Des last night and it was wonderful. I don’t think he noticed my face. He was sleeping so soundly. He also liked the Filipino songs I have been singing to him. Especially the Filipino vegetable song. :-p