First, I want to thank God for another day with Isabella! Second, my heart goes out to all the families we have been connected to through this experience...we appreciate all the support you are giving us in these first stages while you still have your own trials to face. Third, thank you to all our friends and family who continue to do nothing but show us love and prayer.
Prayer is so powerful. We have witnessed it so much in the first week and a half of Bella's precious life. I cannot tell you how many times I have prayed today; at many different venues and in many different circumstances. Today has been rough in my book. Each time we went to see Bella we were searching for good news. The only good news that we have is that the pediatric surgeons feel comfortable not operating on her at this time for her bowels. After reading her ultrasound from this afternoon, they seem to think there is a small perforation in her intestines after all (there was a small amount of particulate matter floating). Further observation showed the doctors that the feel of her abdomen was not serious. All of her other vitals remain strong (praise God), so they feel that they can let the antibiotics run their course and then assess further. Her breathing still appears to be good, along with her blood pressure and saturation. I am thankful for all the other factors being positive. Chris and I keep telling Bella each time we see her (which is usually 4 or 5 times a day) that she is strong, a fighter, stubborn, and in God's healing hands.
While looking at the other preemie blogs, I found this scripture and I would like to pass it on:
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.