That was one of my prayers all day today, “Father be glorified in our son’s life. Let your name be made great in all the earth. We declare that you are good and that your mercy endures forever.”
Mattie struggled much of the day. What we know now is that he experienced septic shock. Meaning basically that his body was not getting rid of CO2 and that his blood pressure was incredibly low due to the massive infection in his body. Major medications were given to stabilize him so that he could be transported by helicopter to a Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Nothing prepares a momma’s heart to see her son fight for his life and be carried off in a helicopter.
We are so grateful to all of you that have prayed, left messaged, texts, or comments. Please know that it has helped more than we can say. There were times in the past few days where I completely understood why Moses needed Caleb and Joshua to hold up his arms. There were times I simply had no words to pray. I just stood in silence knowing that you were all praying.
At one point today I stood at the foot of Mattie’s bed today in the midst of a very difficult struggle for him to breath, only able to gentle place my fingers on his tiny toes. As I stood there, emotionally and physically weak, I felt infused with faith and authority in my prayers. I know it was because you were all surrounding me with your prayers. Thank you.
Today I was grateful for worship songs written from the Word and for all the scripture I have memorized since childhood. In the face of trial, there is no way to survive without having the Word literally written on your heart.
Tonight my sweet boy is still very sick. He has infection throughout his entire little body. (He is septic.) He is on antibiotics and a number of other medications for his heart and lungs. However, what many of you don’t know is that we were transferred here so that he could have surgery for lung bypass, which they told us was “our last resort” to save his life. Meaning, they would have used a machine to do the job his sick lungs were trying to do.
At the moment, as my boy sleeps. His CO2 levels are NORMAL. He has gone from 100% oxygen to 58% in his ventilator. He is almost completely weaned from one of the two blood pressure medications, he is urinating (which he had not been doing), and his O2 levels are AWESOME!
Thank you for your continued prayers. Today the cardiologist looked at me with pitiful eyes and tried to say something helpful, which basically came out as, “We’ll he’s not out of the woods, but we haven’t given up.” I looked back at him, with hope in my eyes, and said, “Dr. B, I need for you to understand that our hope is in the Lord. There are thousands of people praying for this little boy. They are praying that he will be well and that you will have wisdom on how to care for him. We believe that God’s hand is on this little boys life.”
So tonight continue to prayer. I will sleep by Mattie’s bed tonight while John goes back to the Ronald McDonald house to get some sleep and tomorrow we will wake up prepared to watch the Lord finish the work He began in Mattie’s life.