Soul Snack: Miracle Monday

Andon Renal Scan

May they sing of the ways of the LORD, for the glory of the LORD is great. Psalm 138:5

I wanted to share an update on the previous update I posted on Andon's miracle. We had an appointment last week for an ultrasound of his kidneys and a separate renal imaging scan. These are both tests we have gone through before so we were prepared for what to expect. I was so nervous – I talked about it in my thoughts last week. I mean, Andon is almost 1 now and he's not exactly keen on the idea of being strapped down against his will (with a catheter inserted you know where and an IV sticking out of his chubby arm), so I wasn't looking forward to it.

I asked for prayer for the situation in our Wednesday night bible study at church, and my MOPS prayer on Thursday. I know those friends who heard my request were praying for us on Friday because….

Our baby is healed! Praise the Lord!!!

Obviously, he had the surgery to help with this healing, but the test results from Friday showed us that his kidneys are functioning equally and the fluid in his right kidney is continuing to drain – that's all we could have asked for! His right kidney is still stretched out since it was so full of fluids before the surgery, but it's healthy and working! And, we will go for another ultrasound in 6 months to check on the reduction and health, but we're thankful to the Lord for these results!

And, some amazing signs of God's work and presence happened too – little odd things that I feel important to give God the credit for. First, before we even got started, I was a nervous wreck. Like I said, Andon had to be strapped to a table for an hour. He is very mobile (and vocal) at his perfect little age.

Before they stuck the IV in him, the nurse said outloud, “Let's just say a prayer before we start that this will go in smooth.” So, we gathered around Andon. But, we didn't say a prayer outloud. So, I just said my own. Afterwards, I was talking to my hubby about this and he said, “Didn't you see her pause right after she said that before she started?” I was oblivious to it. I'm glad she was the nurse there that day helping with our babe.

At a point while they were trying to stick him (as he lay there screaming and wiggling), they were having difficulty trying to get the needle directly into his vein. I just said a prayer to myself for the Lord to help make this go quickly to stop the suffering Andon had to go through. Well, seriously, right after that, the Imaging Tech said, “Wow, did you see that just pop right in there.” God heard me, didn't he?!

When we met with our doctor to get the results of the tests, Dr. Nguyen was sharing the results and I said, “You fixed him” and he said, “Did I?” I said, “Well, it was you here doing it (the surgery), but you had some help!!” As we left the office, I told my hubby that I thought his question to my gratitude was odd. You always hear about surgeons seeming like they can fix anything, almost acting boldly as if they are healers like our Lord. Dr. Nguyen didn't at all. I feel like he knew there was someone else guiding him the day he performed the surgery on our little munchkin! I think God was reaffirming for us that we did make the right choice in our surgeon and hospital (since I was nervous about that too).

And, finally, as we were leaving, Dr. Nguyen commented that we should send a picture of our fat boy to him sometime. I said, “We will.” He then replied, “Yeah, you send me a pic and I'll send you these images of his kidneys before and after the surgery.” I said, “Yeah, that would be an amazing testimony.”..a testimony of God's healing, love, and patience!

This whole experience has solidified my desire to become a pediatric nurse. I'm in school now and actually finished my first class and am in a new quarter. You see, I will learn all I need to know about how to be a technically good nurse from attending school. But, the one book I will always cling to and go back for refreshers and resource information is God's Book. There are so many answers in there that are so much more valuable than the technical side of the care. I'm gonna love my future patients just like Jesus loves me and you.

While things were scary, anxious, nerve-wrecking and emotional – all things happen according to God's will – and His way is the best way. He taught us patience and love more than I ever thought possible. Our faith has been strengthened and hopefully our witness is stronger too. This scary time in our life has brought us so much good. And, he taught me to praise Him even more when things got tough. Bring it Lord, I'm ready!

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on April 07, 2008


  • Beth - April 07, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

    Praise the Lord! What a wonderful miracle of patience, trusting and healing!

    Thank you so much for sharing such a great story on Miracle Monday!

  • Amy Wyatt - April 07, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! When we used to have blood work done every month for Spencer due to one of the AED’s that he takes I hated it. He would always get upset and scared. When I would pray… the needle always went in smoothly and he was more calm. Prayer definitely works! Glad your little one is doing better.

  • Angie - April 07, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

    Yeah! I love how humble your doctor was/is, especially.


  • movefearlessly - April 08, 2008 @ 12:14 am

    beautiful testimony – i can’t think of anything scarier than one of my children being ill. it’s wonderful that you have such strong faith!

  • Denise - April 08, 2008 @ 1:29 am

    Bless you dear one, such a lovely miracle.

  • elizabeth embracing life - April 08, 2008 @ 3:41 am

    I know how important prayer is when our babies are hurting. It’s so amazing how he used our children to bring us into closer proximity to Him.

  • Marianne Thomas - May 03, 2008 @ 3:16 am

    Wow – I can’t imagine watching my baby – BABY – undergo surgery.

    My daughter has had (2) for her ear (cholesteatoma), but she was 6 and 6.5 — able to understand what was happening and why it was necessary.

    Still, I prayed my way through both – what else can you do?

    And when you have a surgical team that prays with you, you know you’re in the right place.

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