Today we had our first amnioinfusion appointment. Em and I traveled down to Denver in the morning and spent the day at Children’s Hospital. Two of the MFM doctors along with two stenographers performed the amnioinfusion.
As a husband, it is difficult to watch your wife being stuck with a large needle. We had signed a long consent form with all of the potential risks of this procedure. I prayed and prayed that the Lord would guide the hands of the doctors and that Anna Nicole would flourish from this treatment. My wife and my daughter were completely in the hands of the Lord. It was the the first of many such times along this journey.
We could see the needle penetrating into the uterus and moments later, fluid was gushing into the sack. It was a beautiful sight to see. Anna began to move freely, and we saw everything so much clearer. The fluid acts as a window through which you can see the baby and everything in the uterus. Since there was almost no fluid in the sack, it was very difficult to see anything. Anna was curled up and restricted in her movement. As soon as the fluid entered, she came alive. Overall, the amnioinfusion went as well as it possibly could have. Praise the Lord!
As a father, it was wonderful to see my daughter dancing around in her mother’s womb. Even though there is so much time left in our journey and so many other things that could happen, this moment is one that will stand out to me forever. Both of us felt such a peace. We know this is where the Lord wants us to be. Whatever is ahead, we will walk it out with our eyes fixed on Him. He holds Anna in the palm of His hand.
We are still waiting for the results of the chromosome test. Any chromosomal abnormality would mean we will not be able to continue the amnioinfusion. Lord willing, when those results come back clear, we will continue with the treatment in the next weeks.
After the treatment, we met with a couple of specialists who would intervene after Anna is born to do everything they can to give her a successful kidney transplant. But even after transplant, there will be future surgeries needed and continual checkups throughout her life. Our whole life with our daughter will have to be one of constant trust. There will never be a time when we will not need to commit Anna into His hands. If she needs a kidney every ten years, we will have to trust Him. If He heals her completely, we will still need to trust Him. She will still need Him for her every breath.
We trust that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think. He is fully able to heal, and He is fully able to supernaturally lead us through years of suffering demonstrating His greatness and supremacy through our surrendered life. We are ready to follow Him. Please pray with us! Pray that God miraculously heals Anna. Pray that Anna does not have any chromosome issues, and we can continue the treatment. Pray that we have the strength to walk out this trial fully yielded to Christ. And most of all, pray that His glory would shine brighter and brighter through the lives of two simple vessels. We pray and ask God that Anna Nicole’s life will be a powerful testimony of His own excellence and glory.