Thursday, March 20, 2014

Our Little Princess Part II

Today we got an amazing report on Leza's health the magnitude of which cannot be understood unless one knows the whole story.
 
When we committed to Leza we only knew that she 
had heart surgery and Down syndrome.  We didn't know how cute she was because the pictures we had did not show her face.  She is beautiful. We found out some of her diagnosis when we got to our first appointment at which time we were told that she had gastro surgery at some point, no one was quite sure about that, and that she's had open heart surgery. It wasn't until we met with her doctor at the orphanage that we got the rest of the story.
 
Prior to ones meeting with a child, the parents are told as much about the child's medical and social history as is known.  We learned our first day that she was born without her colon being completely developed and that right after she was born she had surgery to correct it.  Then when she was 2 she had another surgery, and a colostomy due to some complications.  The colostomy was repaired and she has been fine every since.  Her heart had two holes in it.  The upper one repaired itself over time, but the lower one required surgery.  The surgery was successful, but Leza was also diagnosed with congestive heart failure. 
 
Heart failure does not mean the heart has stopped working. Rather, it means that the heart's pumping power is weaker than normal. With heart failure, blood moves through the heart and body at a slower rate, and pressure in the heart increases. As a result, the heart cannot pump enough oxygen and nutrients to meet the body's needs. The chambers of the heart may respond by stretching to hold more blood to pump through the body or by becoming stiff and thickened. This helps to keep the blood moving, but the heart muscle walls may eventually weaken and become unable to pump as efficiently. As a result, the kidneys may respond by causing the body to retain fluid (water) and salt. If fluid builds up in the arms, legs, ankles, feet, lungs, or other organs, the body becomes congested, and congestive heart failure is the term used to describe the condition.  Because of this, Leza was on medication that for all intent and purposes, she would most likely have to take the rest of her life.  However, God
 
Today we were told that Leza could come off her medication!  She no longer has this diagnosis and her heart looks wonderful.  Do I believe it's a miracle? You're darn tootin'!  Could the original Dx have been wrong?  Maybe, but not likely knowing the doctors who attended her prior to her adoption.  We serve a BIG God for whom nothing is impossible.  All glory and honor go to Him!  Amen!

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