Monday, October 5th, we went into our Dr's office for a routine ultrasound and found out that our baby had some medical issues. They immediately sent us to a specialist for more detail. We found out that our baby boy had an enlarged bladder and enlarged set of Kidneys. The cause of this was a blockage due to an abnormality in the urethra. His bladder is unable to release urine and form amniotic fluid. This situation has to be corrected or it causes kidney failure, the bladder to explode and also the lungs to not develop. An amnio was done where they drew fluid from the amniotic sac to do a genetic screening to see if there was any other problems we needed to be worried about. They sent us home and had us come back today for the results and to tap his bladder to relieve pressure and to test for Kidney function.
So, Today, Wednesday, October 7th, we went in at 10:30 and got results from the test that we did not want to hear. The TEST showed that Elijah has downs syndrome. They were also going to preform a procedure to put in a stint but they decided against that for now following advice from a specialist in Cincinnati, Ohio. They will take one or two more urine samples and send them to a lab in California to determine damage to the Kidneys, and next week we will travel to Cincinnati to talk to the Doctors there about what our next step should be.
What we want you all to know is that we are fully trusting in the God who created us and who created Elijah. This did not take God by surprise! We believe that God has the ability to heal Elijah from any disease and can restore him to complete health if He chooses to do so. We are praying that the tests were wrong and that this problem can be corrected. HOWEVER, there are 3 very real possible scenarios and we are fully trusting in Gods Big Picture and His plans for any of the three that He chooses to do. He can heal Elijah and preform and incredible miracle, He can choose to take Elijah home, or we will love a child with special needs.
Elijah's name was spoken to me on Monday through the Holy Spirit. I know He has chosen that name for him for a reason. It means "God is the Lord." No matter what happens He is God and Elijah belongs to Him.
A sweet friend of mine emailed me this devotion and it was a direct confirmation of what I have felt God has told me from the very beginning and I would love to share it with you.
Years ago there was a show on television called TO TELL THE TRUTH. It was a game show where three people would answers questions from the celebrity panel of judges. One of the three had done something noteworthy. The other two tried to deceive the panel into thinking they were "the one." At the close of the program, the host would say, "Would the real __________ please stand up?" Often the judges were shocked at who the real "one" was.
ON MOUNT CARMEL
This same situation occurred on Mount Carmel thousands of years ago. The prophet Elijah squared off with the 450 prophets of Baal. They had a contest to show the people who the real God was and is. The prophets of Baal, the imposter god, went first. They called on their god for hours, but to no avail. He did not answer by fire as the contest required. Elijah began to mock them saying, "Perhaps your god is in the bathroom relieving himself!" (I am not making that up. Read it for yourself in 1 Kings 18.)
When it was Elijah's turn, God had him pour water all over the altar he had constructed. The altar, the wood, the stones and the sacrifice were all drenched with water to the point that water was pooled all around the altar. When Elijah called on the true God, the fire fell from heaven and licked up the water, the wood, the stones, the sacrifice and even the dust! It was an incredible display of who the real God was and is. The people replied in amazement, "The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God" (1 Kings 18:39).
Just like Elijah from thousands of years ago, I believe our God is going to use our baby Elijah through his tough journey as an incredible display of who the REAL GOD is and that everyone will say, "The Lord, He is God; the Lord He is God."
We would love for your to pray with us and for us as we walk through this with our precious Jesus and we will keep you posted here with any new information.