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Saturday, February 13, 2010
Let me start off by saying thanks for all of the prayers concerning Sampson. (my last post) His big brown eyes just spoke "help" when you looked at them. My sweet Saviour decided that it was time for Sampson to be out of pain and that it was time for his fight here on earth to be over. He passed away on Saturday (malaria) and is now feeling "complete" in the arms of Jesus. While I find GREAT comfort in that, I also can't help to think of all of the times that Josie had malaria and survived. On two different occasions Katie was holding her and felt sure that she would draw her last breath. How many more children are out there JUST like Sampson and Josie? Hhhmmmm.... I guess I'll never REALLY know.
The question that I am asked continuously these days. Eyebrows down, sincere facial expressions, "How are you doing? How are things going? How is Josie Love?"
On my plane ride home from Uganda I would look at Josie's little frame sleeping in the seat next to me. She had a fever of 103 and all she did was sleep and when awake she would smile. It was as though she knew " I am going home with my Mommy." Just the sight of her made my heart ache like never before. There is an unusual feeling in my heart when I think of her life. The word that comes to mind is HELPLESS. She was helpless and I was helpless. There was nothing that I could do to make her better. So, I held her in my arms and kissed her forehead over and over in my helplessness.
After 20 hours on the plane with her I came home ON A MISSION. I might be helpless but I was going to do everything in my power to get her little heart and body on the mends.
We have run every test imaginable. After looking at her charts the other day I had a doctor say " whatever medical care that Josie lacked in Africa, you have made up for it here! Everything possible has been checked." I sat back in my chair feeling comforted that my mission was being accomplished. We will be doing an MRI on her within the next few weeks to check the puffiness over her eyelids and her sinus cavities. We will also be lifting her eyelids sometime within the next few months. The doctor said that the puffiness over her eyes is like a set of little weights. It is taking every bit of strength that she can muster up just to blink. It takes her lifting her eyebrows each time she blinks to actually get her eyes open. The doctor said "all I can say is this little one must really feel like she has a lot in life to see because most children would just give up and close their eyes." Yes! she has a LOT to look for.....a mommy, daddy, and 6 siblings that love her with every inch of their heart. Now THAT is worth holding your eyes open! Please start praying for her now. She will have to be put to sleep for both procedures.
She has been on her ARV's (meds for the HIV) for about a month now. Every month we will go visit our infectious disease doctor for them to draw blood and check her viral loads. (Her viral loads are the amount of HIV virus that is in her blood) Last week we had a HUGE praise.
Her viral loads had gone from over 700,000 to 1,800!!!! How is that possible? We serve a BIG God. My doctor seems to think that as well as she is responding to the meds that her HIV should be UNDETECTABLE by next month. SERIOUSLY? There are THOUSANDS of children JUST LIKE HER all over the world that would respond to treatment just like her given the chance!
I have the best analogy for her.I told Mike the other day that I am watching her her grow from a little caterpillar in the dark corner (with no legs and eyes closed) to a beautiful butterfly sprouting her wings. I can't wait to see all of the colors in her wings. SOON, she will be WIDE eyed, flittering and fluttering all over the place.
Her eyes have gone from being dull and expressionless to joyful, full of life and love. Ask anybody that knows her. Just to look at her puts a smile on your face. She lights up and offers hugs to every person that knocks on our front door. She makes me laugh OUT LOUD each and every day. To know her is to love her.
So, the answer to "How's it going? How are you doing? How is Josie..........HOPEFUL. EACH day, step by step, moment by moment I am HOPEFUL.
- I am a lover of Jesus. I have the most fabulous husband that anyone woman could ask for. The Lord has blessed us with 7 beautiful children. I started this blog so that friends and family could follow our trip to Uganda to visit Katie Davis. I have decided to keep blogging to help bring orphan awareness to the world around me.