I think it would be an understatement to say that we have had an eventful week. But, can I just say that God is good and faithful and sovereign?! While Anniston's heart cath was extremely successful with regard to her heart, the events that transpired thereafter were a bit of a shock. She's doing great now, but to make a long story short: Anniston had a stroke due to her "outpatient" procedure and we just returned home from the hospital yesterday.
Okay, to make the short story slightly longer: After Anniston's heart cath, she was extremely sleepy because of the sedative she was given before and during the procedure. We stayed overnight in the hospital, as previously planned, so that the sedative could wear off and so that she could be monitored as she woke up. (No complications were ever expected; they just like for babies to stay overnight sometimes.) As she began to rouse, we noticed several things that seemed different about her, such as her right side being limp, but each of the symptoms we noticed were attributed by the doctors and nurses to the medicine she had been given during the procedure.
At noon on Friday, when we were reluctantly preparing to leave the hospital (she was still very limp), Anniston began having a seizure. I cannot tell you how scared I was when a dozen doctors and nurses charged into the room, speculating out loud what must be happening to our sweet baby girl. I just sat in the corner of the room beside Stan with my hand over my mouth and my mind in shock. Anniston was rushed to the pediatric ICU where she had one especially wonderful nurse [you know who you are :)], and her doctor returned to tell us the news that our child had had a major stroke either during or shortly after her procedure, which caused her to seize. It had been 24 hours since the cath. I won't divulge the thoughts that went through my head in that moment, but I will say that I was more than slightly concerned.
**I just saw a statistic online (not sure if it was a credible source) that a stroke during a heart cath, specifically angioplasty, occurs in .3 to .4% of patients having this kind of procedure (and .03 to .04% if the patient's heart is just being looked at)...VERY rare. Heart caths are so common that there is no need for concern if you or someone you know requires one.**
The story is longer, and we had some other worrisome moments, but I will not bore you with all of the details. I want to get to the good part: Anniston is almost completely 100% back to how she was before her procedure! She is still weak, and we are praying specifically for certain issues, but we know without a shadow of a doubt that God has done a miraculous work in her little body, and we HAVE to once again give Him praise.
He has been teaching me daily through this experience. I have SO much to learn, but I am grateful that God is speaking that I need to be thankful in EVERY circumstance and that I need to be "prayed-up" BEFORE something like this happens so that I can stand instead of allowing Satan to fill my mind with worry. To completely and whole-heartedly trust. I will have to elaborate more later on these topics so as to not make a novel out of this post.
Anniston has been moving her right side and looking to her right more and more. She even gave me a glimmer of a smile today and sat and stood with support. I just want to cry when I think of how far she has come in a week. Yes, God is good.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:16-18