This post is for every friend who read the last entry and prayed.
Before and after that last blog post? Before and after the prayers of so many of you?
Like night and day.
There has been NO vomiting and NO diarrhea since then.
We are all systems GO for school starting Monday.
Many of you told us that you would pray for the cause of Tommy’s diarrhea to be revealed. Oh my goodness, there have got to be thousands of possible causes of diarrhea!
Well, God in His sovereignty saw fit to answer that specific prayer with a resounding yes. The mystery has been solved.
To sum up–
On the most recent suggestion of Tommy’s GI doctor, after other remedies failed, we stopped his feedings and gave him only an electrolyte solution for twenty-four hours. We stopped all his meds and supplements except for the anti-nausea medication that had cut back on his vomiting.
Then we slowly added formula back in to his regimen in increasing amounts until he was back up to full feedings of formula.
As I carefully considered each of his meds and supplements, deciding when to add them back in, it suddenly hit me.
After months of striving to get ground up calcium-magnesium tablets into Tommy with only partial success, we’d begun giving him a liquid cal-mag supplement instead.
Some of you just had the same thought hit you as hit me that day.
For the rest of you–if you didn’t know it before, you know it now.
Magnesium is a laxative.
*knocking on head*
We took the brand new bottle of liquid cal-mag with us on vacation. We didn’t connect the two events at the time because the effects of the magnesium came on gradually, not immediately. We were also thrown off the trail by the fact that there was a change in his formula right about the time his bowels grew noticeably looser.
His bowels are acting normally now that he is not being given a large dose of laxative in every feeding.
And little Verity?
I try hard to let the photos I post here be indicative of the greater underlying reality. I want so much to give you eyes to see the beauty, personality, and value of our children with special needs…to see them as we see them…to come to see all children with special needs through eyes of love.
I try hard to choose the photos that best represent and communicate the greater underlying reality of what is happening here within our family.
The photo of Verity looking at me with sad, almost accusing eyes shows you the face that I saw across the room way too many times over the past months while occupied with the pressing needs of Tommy, Ben, or Katie.
So many of you let us know that you were specifically praying for Verity’s tender little heart.
Your very specific prayers for her could not possibly have been answered in a more dramatic way, starting on Monday morning.
It’s like the light switched back on inside her. Like her heart has been freed.
This is the little face that has been looking back at me since Monday morning. This is the answer to your prayers.
How can we thank all of you for your kindness and empathy, for your best words of counsel given from truly loving hearts, and for the intercession you pour out freely for our family in this calling He has given us? I so wish it was possible to respond to each of you individually! If you emailed, you will eventually receive a reply unless I accidentally delete your email, for which I apologize in advance!
We can’t help but think how marvelous it would be if every struggling adoptive family had such moral support and focused prayer surrounding them.
Some of you made me realize anew that we Mussers are part of a wider family who love Jesus and do hard every single day. I pray for all of us that we would see and know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that is with us. I pray that we would learn to suffer at least as well as we rejoice by learning to rejoice in our suffering. And most of all, that the name of the Lord Jesus would be magnified through us no matter what.