Who's the cutest girl around?

I am a mom of a cutie pie (very biased). And I wanted to share my experiences with others (including my cuties grandparents, great-grandparents, numerous uncles and other relatives). I love being a mom and can't imagine doing anything else.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Routine Dr. Visit

What started as a routine doctor visit turned into a traumatic/scary
situation. We went in for Alivia's 1 yr immunization and we had some other little concerns to address (runny nose, puffy eye and belly button "pimple"). About a week ago she had what I thought was a pimple on her belly button. I touched it (but didn't squeeze cause that would be mean!) and it popped. But since then it hasn't gotten smaller but instead has become a bigger bloody spot. So he looked at that and said it was probably an umbilical hernia. (the word pediatric surgeon was mentioned). While look at the belly button he also pressed on her belly (as doctors do) and found a mass on the left side. This is where the scary began.

We went immediately from his office to the hospital (across the street) and waited around for about an hour for an ultrasound. I had to pin her down and she screamed like she was being tortured, which for a baby this probably was torture! After the test was done the tech went and reviewed the pictures and came back and told me she had an enlarged spleen. He then, very seriously, walked us back to the waiting room where he called her pediatrician. I, of course, am starting to cry by now. So our DR. says that she needs blood work and we may need to get it done with a specialist or we may get it done in Lancaster. He makes a bunch of calls and decides it will be okay to get it done in Lancaster tomorrow morning. In the meantime we are back home and I have already made the mistake of looking up enlarged spleen on the internet...DON'T DO IT. Lots of scary options but also some not so scary. So we are praying desperately for the not scary options. Regardless of scary or not we are praying she will be okay. Please pray with us. We are so confused and sad and terrified. We need all the prayer we can get. Thanks


Anonymous tina said...

can't stop thinking about you guys & livi. will be praying. xoxo

8:57 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Emily and James,
I just wanted to let you know that we will be thinking of you and waiting to hear your results. Everything is going to be just fine. Take Care!

Love you guys
Chris, Heather and Cameron

12:20 PM  
Blogger steph said...


Heard from Rach. Our prayers are with you and James. Take care and keep up hope.

Love you

2:26 PM  
Anonymous mrs. c said...

dear emily -
thinking of you today and sending amy charmichael and elisabeth elliot your way.
love, tracey campbell

Elisabeth Elliot-Keep a Quiet Heart

- Moonless Trust

Some of you are perhaps feeling that you are voyaging just now on a moonless sea. Uncertainty surrounds you. There seems to be no signs to follow. Perhaps you feel about to be engulfed by loneliness. There is no one to whom you can speak of your need. Amy Carmichael wrote of such a feeling when as a missionary of twenty-six, she had to leave Japan because of poor health, then travel to China for recuperation, but then realize God was telling her to go to Ceylon. (All this preceded her going to India, where she stayed for fifty-three years.) I have on my desk her original handwritten letter of August 25, 1894, as she was en route to Colombo. “All along. Let us remember, we are not asked to understand, but to simply to obey . . . On July 28, Saturday, I sailed. We had to come aboard on Friday night, and just as the tender (a small boat) where were the dear friends, who had come to say goodbye moving off, and the chill of loneliness shivered through me, like a warm love-clasp came the long-loved lines – ‘And only Heaven is better than to walk with Christ at midnight, over moonless seas.’ I couldn’t feel frightened then. Praise Him for the moonless seas – all the better the opportunity for proving Him to be indeed the El Shaddai,
‘the God who is Enough.’
Let me add my own word of witness to hers and to that of the tens of thousands who have learned that His is indeed Enough. He is not all we would Ask for (if we were honest), but it is precisely when we do not have what we would ask for, and only then, that we can clearly perceive His all-sufficiency. It is when the sea is moonless that the Lord has become my Light.
- Elisabeth Elliott

10:13 PM  

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