We know that there are so many people praying, and we wanted to give you an update: 1. God is moving, 2. KEEP PRAYING!
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matt. 7:7-8)
Well, this week has been by far the most difficult week we have faced with Ansley. We have spent hours on our knees, hours crying, struggled with loss of sleep, loss of appetite, and continue to find ourselves in the midst of "battle". This weekend we have been able to see God moving in response to so many of His people praying. Here are some things that we want to praise God for:
1. Her twitching is still present, but has definitely lessened. We are thankful that it has noticeably lessened, and we pray that it will dissappear. Continue to pray for this and pray that Ansley will not have a seizure.
2. Ansley has begun to eat!! She ate three full servings of solids today! It is the most she has eaten in a day ever (by far). We are so proud of her. In the last few days her eating has made so much progress. Thursday, we walked out of our pediatrician appointment with the understanding that we were supposed to come back in two weeks for a final "weight check", and if she still hadn't gained weight sufficiently, we would make the appointment for surgery to install a feeding tube. To be honest, I thought we might as well make the surgery appointment right away because there was no way she wouldn't need one. But, praise the Lord, if she continues to eat like she has this weekend, one might not be needed! Even so, seeing her make the gains she has made eating is so encouraging and takes away a lot of fear (the greatest fear with the feeding tube is the thought of her having one her whole life). Pray that she will eat like she did today ongoing.
3. She has been so much more herself the last two days. We feel like we have our baby girl back! She has been so much happier, interactive, and present. She is just "there" again. There is no other way to say it than that. I can't tell you how much it means to see our sweet baby girl back again. There for a few days it seemed like she was slipping away. Pray that no matter what we go through with our daughter, we will not experience this pain again. This was the hardest, by far, part of the last week. When we see her smiling, giggling, laughing at her brother, and listening to us, we feel like we can keep on keeping on.
4. Her stiffness in her ankles is lessening. We continue to work with her feet, ankles and stance, and are noticing improvement. Keep praying for God to loosen her muscles and joints.
Lastly, we have an appointment with her neurologist tomorrow. This just a regularly scheduled check in. If you get this soon enough, pray for the appointment to be filled with good news!! We have had plenty of bad in her last few appointments. Pray that in the name of Christ, this appointment would go well.
"He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him." (1 Chron. 5:20)