He cared, before we even knew him...
Monday, July 29, 2013
With each of our adoptions, we have discovered miraculous ways that God intervened in our children's lives before we even knew them. From miracles about their names to miracles regarding their health and survival, each of these discoveries reminds us that our Father cared for our children and held them in His heart, when we could not. He has never left them alone. He has always been with them.
About a week ago, Kaikai had an MRI that showed that he had hydrocephalus, Arnold Chiari malformation and tethered cord. Our doctor called us and he also called the neurosurgeon's office. I talked with them both. They urged us to make an appointment for Kaikai as soon as possible.
Today, feeling just a bit of trepidation, we visited the neurosurgeon's office. He told us that Kaikai did indeed have enlarged ventricles and that 80% of children with spina bifida need to be shunted. But, Kaikai does not need a shunt.
He told us that only 10% of kids with Arnold Chiari malformation need surgery, and Kaikai was definitely not in that 10%.
He told us that MRI's done on a child who had a repaired mylomeningocele would often show tethered cord, even when it wasn't tethered. He also told us that he had never seen a child with spina bifida at that location (L4 or L5) who walked as well as Kaikai walks!
Friends, these are miracles! Our sweet son may not have survived in China if he had needed a shunt, or if he had needed surgery for the Chiari malformation. And, he continues to defy all of our expectations as far as walking, running, riding his bike and climbing.
Today, I am grateful for a Father who cares for the least of these. I am overwhelmed by a King who has "compassion on the poor and needy" (Psalm 72:13). And I am so very thankful that our little boy has been never been forgotten by our generous and loving God. Our Father cared for Kaikai before we even knew him.