Rovar’s attentive mother noticed that his hands were paler than normal and immediately sensed that his hemoglobin levels were probably dropping. Rovar previously needed blood transfusions, perhaps due to his blood condition called beta-thalassemia intermedia. This is an inherited disorder that affects the body’s ability to produce adult hemoglobin, which helps carry oxygen from the lungs to the tissues in the body. Anemia, or decreased hemoglobin levels, is correlated with beta-thalassemia.

To get a better picture of his blood levels, we took him to the Emergency Room. We waited for an hour or so, and during the meantime Rovar happily played the drums and explored the different game facilities at the hospital.

When we finally were able to talk with the doctor, Rovar fell asleep before the doctor listened to his lungs, and then later fell asleep in my lap as we were discussing our concerns with the doctor.

He seemed more tired than usual. Rovar later had to endure a blood test and intravenous cannula insertion, which involved lots of screaming and tears.

We waited for another few hours. Lisa played with Rovar and also comforted him during the waiting.

Then the doctor told us that his hemoglobin level was rather low and that he would need a blood transfusion. They also decided to keep Rovar overnight for observation and to perform the long blood transfusion.

The waiting reminded me of waiting patiently for God with joyful expectation for the return of God. Our God, who loves righteousness and justice, but is also our steadfast love…who created the expanses of the sky and sea, and who created Rovar so intricately and wonderfully…is our hope in the waiting. Psalm 33: 20-22 states,

Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.

Please pray for Rovar and his mother as they are now in the hospital. Please continue to pray for wisdom for the doctors in knowing how to best care for him.