We got through this day,  and Ava is doing so much better, praise God!

She stopped bleeding this afternoon and they gave her a blood transfusion and she looks so much better.   And if the bleeding really is done,  they will restart her blood thinners tonight which is another relief.     She looks comfortable, she’s cleaned up, and she seems to be stable again – I say that with a little bit of hesitation, if there is one thing you learn when you are here, it’s cautious optomism. 🙂   But even the chief cardiologist said this afternoon that she looked good, but she still wasn’t out of the woods yet  (I think he meant beacause her chest is still open).

But in regards to that, Ava’s surgeon came by around lunch-time and put this corset thing on her, which they will use to try to close her chest a little every day.  It’s the neatest thing that was designed by a nurse here at Sick Kids,  how cool is that?  I’m hoping that by trying to close her slowly now, they will avoid the shock to her system that the last close caused, and hopefully this time she can stay closed!   It may just take some time to get to that point, maybe 3-10 days.    I know it’s in God’s hands and it’s all in His timing, but you can bet I’ll be praying for the 3 rather than the 10!

And more good news… the kids are coming tomorrow!  Jason surprised them all today, he had his phone on when Sophia saw him so I could hear how she reacted and she squealed!  She was so happy to see her dad.  And then he surprised the other three at the bus stop and I’m not sure I have the facts straight, but I think Jason got tackled.  Thankfully my friends took videos and I can hardly wait to see them.

So it seems our roller-coaster has leveled out for now, I so appreciate everyone’s prayers and support today, it’s been wonderful.   We had a ton of stuff dropped by the house today by our church friends and family for Jason to bring back here with him, and at one point Jason called me in tears just over-whelmed by the generosity of others.   We are so incredibly blessed by all of you!

See, once again God has shown me that that I can trust Him even in the valley’s and He proves Himself over and over, even when my faith is weak.  I just hate how I am so quick to forget!    So please keep reminding me – especially when another dark day comes.

So it’s good to breath a sigh of relief, and followed by that is a yawn, I better get some sleep.

As always, I will keep you posted!

10 thoughts on “Phew…

  1. You have a great big circle of friends and family prayong for you. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us and being testimony as to how you remind us to wait on God’s timing. Blessings, love and peace to you, Jason and the family.

  2. Thinking of you as I remember this…”You are my strength when I am weak, You are the treasure that I seek. You are my all in all!” Missin’ ya!

  3. Lisa, so happy that Ava is doing so much better. Praising God for His continued protection over Ava and rejoicing in these miracles! Continuing to pray for you all! Enjoy having your whole family together again 🙂

  4. Rejoicing with you Lisa and Jason that Ava has fought through yet another battle! Thank you Lord! Enjoy your sweet time with your family all reunited. What a blessing the Ronald McDonald house is. So glad I didn’t visit since I ended up getting terribly sick. Although hope to get there soon!

  5. “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4

    Praying for you and your family Lisa!

  6. Your faith is strong Lisa!!! Cautious optimism sounds like a great idea to me! We are praying for you all! I loved seeing how happy the kids were to see Jason at the bus yesterday, he was indeed tackled!! xo

  7. Oops… Typing on my phone…
    Thank you Lord for your answers to prayer and your steadfast love and provision! Lisa, praying for you tonight and for little Ava. While praying and reading I came across Romans 5:1-6. So thankful for the hope and endurance you are receiving from Gods love for you and your precious girl. We are faithfully continuing to pray! xo

  8. Praising God for a level day Lisa. You are all so strongly on our minds. We will continue to hold you all up before the Father…especially Ava…Psalm 121 has been such an encouragement to me in the difficult times as well as Zephaniah 3:17. Love and prayers to you. Your faith is astounding and a true testimony to the God you serve…He is so amazing!

    Psalm 121
    1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
    2 My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.
    3 He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
    4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
    5 The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
    6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
    7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
    8 The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

    Zephaniah 3:17

    17 The Lord your God is in your midst,
    a mighty one who will save;
    he will rejoice over you with gladness;
    he will quiet you by his love;
    he will exult over you with loud singing.

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