"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them close to his heart, and shall gently lead those that are with young." Isaiah 40:11

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MRI

The MRI today went well!  The most stressful part was getting the IV in.  They managed to get it into her foot (still the size of a doll's foot). Poor girl.  She cried so hard.  We were nervous that this would put too much strain on her heart. (and cause another heart stopping episode) After pacing the hall with her, someone took pity on us and gave us a private room.  Thankfully, she settled after about 20 minutes and she was perfectly relaxed for the MRI.  They bundled her up snuggly and used pads to protect her ears.  We were told that the Doctors (three of them!) were really happy with the images they were able to get.  The main goal of this is to see her pulmoary arteries. So far we have only been able to see the left one in the echos, and they also want to see if she has any other sources of blood flow from her heart to the lungs.  (called collateral arteries) We should hear from our Cardiologist tomorrow.  Here are a few pictures...


Is our little girl really under all that?!

One of the toughest things I saw today was a little girl about Abigail's age, sedated for her MRI.  We talked a bit to her parents just before going in.  They found a brain tumor 7 months ago and did chemo...but now they are seeing something else.  I can't get her little hands out of my mind - they looked so like my daughter's hands.  I wanted to run over and squeeze them - even though she wouldn't have noticed.  Father in heaven, be merciful to them today.  

Later today we had a chance to relax in our room a bit before Mom and our older two kids came to visit.  They came for supper and a Pumpkin carving/Halloween party.  They kids dressed up and did some fun activities with a bunch of other kids.  Mom and I ducked out for a nice brisk walk around the duck pond while Dave took 'kid duty'.  It was a great way to end the day.   

5 comments:

On God's path said...

I am glad that the MRI went well. I have been speechless so to speak over the last while with how everything is unfolding for you guys, but you are very much in my prayers.

Christina

Hope's Blog said...

I am so glad the MRI went well. She looks so small all bundled up...I know she really is that small. You all remain in my thoughts and prayers every day.

Valerie Ruth said...

i'm glad it went well. was thinking of you guys a lot. what sad stories you see there at children's hospital... hurts my heart. kendra, make sure you take care of yourself too... eat and rest!

fiona said...

dave and kendra, i was just struck (for the first time) as i looked at these MRI pictures that rachel likes a soother! wow! is my memory correct or did neither of your older two take a soother? what a gift those little rubber stoppers are heh? :D
sandi and i are now working the same shift at the CPC and we prayed for you during our pre-shift prayer meeting. we love you so much!
i hope your time dave, with some of your dear friends is life giving! i am so glad this is working out for them.
my continued love and moment by moment prayers.

David Funk said...

Hey Fiona, I'm more than a little excited to see Steve and the other guys! I'm just so amazed they'd do this for us. When I told Kendra, she really wasn't quite sure this was fair! She has been so blessed and encouraged by you (and so many other friends).
Shalom,
David