Being Expectant

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.” Psalm 62:5

Our team arrived at the hospital this morning with great expectations that Saida and another baby would be having their last/discharge echocardiogram. Despite Saida’s echo being good the paediatric cardiologist was being cautious. After very carefully checking that the heart rhythms were good and asking if Saida’s vital signs, especially temperature, were normal she announced that she wanted to keep Saida for another 1 to 2 weeks. This was to ensure that the VSD patch, which appeared a little strange, was just an anomaly and nothing sinister like an infection.

During the consultation Saida’s mother remained very calm and accepting of the doctor’s considered stance. Both of them were able to laugh together because the doctor had created an easy environment in which questions were welcomed and answered with respect. Isn’t this what our heavenly Father invites us to participate in? A relationship where we feel safe to ask the hard questions and sometimes receive the hard answers. Those hard answers are always in our best interests even if we don’t realise it at the time. Saida’s mother was satisfied that today’s decision was made with her son’s best interests at the heart of it all.

Our job back at Jaffa headquarters is to keep observing that this gorgeous little boy remains afebrile. As well, to continue with treatment of Vitamin D and iron, which is an Israeli practice up to 1 year old. Saida’s next echo is 6th October and we remain expectant that this will be his discharge echo.