Sunday, January 4, 2009

Newest update on Isaiah...

Hello Friends and Family,

This is just a quick update on how things are progressing with Isaiah and with us. We had another ultrasound on Tues. (12/30) with the Abington perinatologist specialty group at Doylestown Hospital. It was nice and comforting having Chris and my Aunt Liz attend the ultrasound. Per Dr. Latta, he felt that there is no change in Isaiah's current condition. In other words, he's not worse, but he's not better. He is maintaining inside of me. This is good news for us. We keep praying that God continues to sustain Isaiah so he can come home for 2 months. Isaiah is approximately 3 lbs. 5 oz. and is in the 27% for growth, which is on the smaller size, but what we are expecting. It's always a blessing to watch him move on the ultrasounds. However, Dr. Latta reiterated again that Isaiah is at high risk to be still-born. We already knew this, but it's still hard to hear again. I just told Dr. Latta that we serve a great God, and that we keep praying that He will allow us to bring Isaiah home. Dr. Latta said, "He is a great God, and there is only one God." That was encouraging to hear from our physician.

Our next big appointment is Jan.5th at CHOP. We will have another in-depth ultrasound and echocardiogram to reevaluate Isaiah's condition. We will then meet with a specialist to determine where we need to deliver. We will continue to update all of you.

As we continue on this journey we are constantly reminded of the verses, "My grace is sufficient for me; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities (or Isaiah's infirmities), that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." We didn't choose this path for our lives, and it is very difficult. But, with God's strength, we will make it through.

We have some specific prayer requests that we ask you to pray for:1. That God will be glorified through this whole situation and lives will be transformed; that Isaiah's life and death will not be in vain.
2. That God will allow us to bring Isaiah home for 2 months.
3. That God allows Isaiah to make it through a natural delivery, so I don't need a C-section.
4. For continued strength and health for all of us.

Thank you again for your encouraging letters and emails and for your prayers. We do feel them. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

May God Bless you all richly,
Chris, Joy (Emr), Josiah, and Isaiah Miller

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