Friday, April 18, 2008

Rejoice in the Lord

Psalm 32: 5-11

"Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord'- and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance."

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.

Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.

Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!"

We rejoice because the Lord is trustworthy! He is able. I read this passage at a moment of need, in the dark of night. Lord, help me not be like the mule.

We met with Abby's Endocrinologist Wednesday morning. This individual is always very kind and thorough, asking about all the areas of Abby's health and development. I appreciate that.

We discussed her fevers and the frequent irritability that has become part of her days. He explained about her (known) hypothalamus dysfunction and how that could possibly be contributing to her temperature fluctuations. He also mentioned that she most likely also has a growth hormone deficiency. This could play into the way her body handles stress, especially illnesses. He said it was a good sign that she has been able to fight off infections on her own.

He was concerned with her increase in seizures and her decline in development and general interest in activities. Labs were ordered to check different levels related to the things we had talked about. He brought up her shunt as being a possible culprit. Usually I'm not concerned about a shunt infection, but remembering that she did have surgery near her shunt in December made me worried. The risk of infection is there.

We are waiting for our pediatrician to help set us up with a good "sticker" at the hospital, in order to spare Abby any unnecessary pain. Most likely he will order additional labs to check for infection also.

I'm slowly learning to give everything up to the Lord. It's difficult not to worry, but I know He is able.

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

Ephesians 3:20-21