Friday, May 2, 2014

GOD IS GREAT - update post from "My Heart is Heavy"

Exactly a month ago I told you all about 2 situations to pray for.  let me just start by saying THANK YOU!  I know there were some serious prayers sent up for the Mobbs family and for Amanda!  It brings tears to my eyes as I start to type this out because if you don’t believe in God after hearing this I feel sorry for you and hope and pray that hearing these stories will show how truly amazing our Creator is!

A quick re-cap of the Mobb’s story: Austin & Karen were expecting their first baby and a month before they were due they found out Kinley had a brain tumor that would call for immediate surgery following delivery and at least a month stay in the NICU at Vanderbilt.  Our church rallied together to buy them gift cards for food, gas & whatever else they might have needed.  Some of the ladies made them a HUGE quilt to cuddle up in at the cold hospital.  Austin and Karen prepared themselves mentally, as much as they could, for the journey they were about to face. At 12:19pm they welcomed their precious baby girl, Kinley Lynn Mobbs, into the world.  She was 6lbs, 10oz & 20 inches long.  She was quickly taken to the NICU where they ran tests on her to see exactly what type of procedure she would need.  Every nurse in the NICU was shocked that she was in there because she looked so healthy.  The morning after she was born, Austin swung by the NICU to visit his daughter before running to his truck to get clean clothes so he could shower.  The neurologist comes while he is still there to tell him what they found.  Talk about a gut in your stomach!  Just like when they found out about the brain tumor, nobody involved was prepared for the news that followed.  The doctor said, “I don’t know what happened.  From the scans prior to her birth it was clearly a brain tumor, but it’s not.  She had a brain bleed that seems to be healing itself.”  So, what exactly does this mean?  What do we do?  I’m sure those were the questions running through Austin’s mind.  Needless to say, he didn’t shower anytime soon.  He ran back to Karen to tell her everything the doctor said.  I made them tell me this story when I went to visit last week and it gave me chills then & it’s giving me chills now.  The doctor said that they will scan her again in, I believe, 6 months to make sure everything looks great, but she should be completely fine.  They might see a few developmental delays, but that’s it.  I can’t imagine this feeling!  Thinking you’re going to spend a month at this hospital and then finding out you get to take your baby home in 2 days!!  That’s a GOD THING!  Gary and I were talking about it the other day and he asked me if I thought it was a brain tumor that God took away or if I thought it was always a brain bleed.  I asked Austin & Karen and they both said if everyone could have seen that ultrasound there was no doubt it was a tumor!  We serve an AMAZING GOD!!  I know Austin and Karen would still appreciate your prayers as they raise their sweet girl.  They may still have some complications so pray for that as well.

2 week old Kinley

Amanda’s story began when she passed out unexpectedly and was rushed to the hospital.  She didn’t have any major complications that would have caused this and they still aren’t even sure what it is/was.  They have their theories, but are not able to pin-point exactly what it was.  She was admitted into the hospital with her heart working at about 5%.  I have to say that it looked very grim that she would survive, much less wake up from the coma.  I am EXTREMELY HAPPY to announce that Amanda did wake up!!!  She is now breathing on her own, her heart is functioning at 100%, she is laughing, smiling and today she walked on the treadmill for 5 minutes!!  Seriously?!  Who else could make this possible, but God?  She obviously still has a long road to full recovery ahead of her, but to make this much progress in a month is remarkable!  Please continue to pray for her!
Amanda walking on the treadmill

I hope these two stories leave you feeling blessed!  It’s an awesome thing when we can see God’s power show in those around us!!


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