Martin, our miracle boy, with that sly smile of his -- at home at last!
The first night of Martin's homecoming! So great to be reunited with our wonderful children again. We love them all so much!
Martin finally safe and sound at home! Our journey is finally over -- for now.
We finally arrived back home in Greenville yesterday!
After 9 weeks away from home and over 3 weeks living apart from our other children, we finally arrived back home yesterday at 1:30pm. Martin did well on the 3.5-hour trip from Charleston and we were both elated and exhausted by the time the day ended yesterday. We are so very happy to be back together as a family and in the comfort of our own home. We made it! Martin is doing really well. He is packing on the pounds with the Elecare and is drinking it down like it's sugar-water or something. So feeding is definitely not going to be a problem with him! And so far no bloody stools! He's really strong too. He can really push hard with his legs and has a strong voice (cry) to back it up. You would never know that he was a single-ventricle baby at all. If this is how he is with half of a heart, what would it be like with a whole heart? He came home without any assisted oxygen or tubes for feeding. One of the CrossBridge folks said that he's the first heart baby she has seen to be able to go home without a G-Tube. And sadly, we knew of other "heart babies" Martin's age who either have not made it or have struggled with their recovery. It's the Lord's doing, and it's marvelous in our eyes. He's definitely as healthy as it's possible to be in his condition. Just what we had been praying for since the beginning.
Speaking of which, I read over Psalm 34 again this morning. This was the Psalm that brought comfort to us when we first learned of Martin's HLHS problem. There's just so much in that Psalm that I cannot do it justice in a blog post. But from the beginning of "I will bless the Lord at all times.." to the very last verse of ".. none of them that trust in him shall be desolate" -- it's a Psalm that will be our precious "Martin Psalm" probably for the rest of our lives. Here are some more gems that I can't help but point out.
I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears (v4).
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him our of all his troubles (v6).
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him (v8).
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit (v18).
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all (v19).
Time and time again throughout the months, we can attest that the Lord guided our steps in every detail. It was a daunting prospect two months ago when we were staring up at the mountain before us -- but in retrospect, looking back, it's absolutely amazing to see how we were spared from cliffs and pitfalls on either side of the narrow, serpentine path.
As our final blog post, we want to express our sincerest gratitude to our extended family both here and abroad who have been so incredibly supportive. We couldn't go through something like this without the help of family. In fact, one of the night nurses in the PCICU remarked to us how rare it is to see that level of support from families. We want to thank our praying friends at our church Faith FPC and far beyond. We have received numerous emails, cards, messages, and gifts from so many supportive people telling us that they were remembering us in prayer daily. We can only attribute Martin's wonderful recovery to the prayers of God's people on our behalf. How can we thank you enough? We would be amiss to not say a special thank you to the skilled surgeon, doctors, cardiologists, and nurses at MUSC hospital for their great care these last many weeks. We have a tremendous level of respect for the heart surgeon, Dr. Kavarana, and the team that has helped us through this period.
Thankfully, we have reached the end of this journey. We are now beginning the next stage of our journey with our day-to-day care of a "heart baby." We already have two more doctors' appointments lined up for tomorrow and Monday. We will be returning to MUSC in Charleston multiple times in the upcoming months. And then Martin should have the next big open-heart surgery (2 of 3) sometime late summer. Even though I believe the worst is behind us, this journey is definitely not over for us. It will be life-long. But whatever the future holds, we will do our best to remember all that we've learned in these few months. There's a reason why Martin and our family were made to pass through this way -- there always is. We will continue to follow His lead. Keep us teachable, O Lord.
Day by day and with each passing moment, Strength I find to meet my trials here; Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment, I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure Gives unto each day what He deems best, Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure, Mingling toil with peace and rest.
Thank you and bless you for sharing your life and how our great and mighty Lord & Saviour, Jesus Christ has sustained your family. I am grateful to witness this testimony: of a Christ-honouring, loving family. IN CHRIST, Beverley Wilson
Are you really not going to blog about Martin anymore??? I know you have 4 kids now, but it would be great if you could post 1-2 times a month just so we can keep up with how Martin is doing. Otherwise, we're going to all have to call you to get updates.
Thank God for the good news! I have been praying, along with others that I have enlisted. Wonderfully, God has heard the prayers of many. I will continue to pray for all of you in the days ahead. May God bless you! Charles