Rounding with the Medical Team
Every day around 10am Chelsea and I partake in “rounds” with the doctors, nurses and rest of the medical team at Dell’s Children. “Rounds” are when our medical team converses about how Davy’s doing, what steps they are going to take with her that specific day and then break it all down into layman’s terms for us. At some point during rounds, I usually make an attempt at saying something humorous, but my 40 year old dad jokes only land about 50% of the time – soooo that’s always a hit or miss!
We’ve been a part of rounds for the last 126 days – a little over 4 months. 126 days of expectantly waiting to hear the words “your little girl is healthy enough to go home”. 4+ months of fervently interceding on behalf of our little girl for God to do the miraculous.
Since day one of these 126 days many of you have journeyed alongside of us. You were there during the first days where we didn’t know if our little Davy girl would make it and you were begging God to spare her life.
As our story continued to unfold, our little girl flashed her fighting spirit, and God demonstrated His tangible faithfulness, even more of you joined with our family in one heart and one spirit (Acts 4:32). You wept with us, rejoiced with us, supported us financially, and we had more Starbucks gift cards then we knew what to do with at the time (now I have an even worse Starbucks addiction)!
During this time you also partnered with us in praying a “far more” prayer – a prayer so audacious that it made me slightly uncomfortable – a prayer that believed God could do abundantly more than all we could ask or even think (Eph. 3:20). Our collective voice asked our Great Healer that He would send Davy home by Christmas without a Gtube or tracheostomy.
Yesterday, day 125, was just like any other day. Chelsea and I woke up, got ready for the day, made our Starbucks run (where the Baristas know our drink) and headed to the hospital. At this point, the hospital is “home” and the staff at Dell’s Children are our family. It feels like a repetitive episode of “Cheers” where everybody knows your name and they are all glad you came.
As we geared up for rounds there was a buzz of excitement that hasn’t been present in any of the other days of rounds. I attempted my usual “dad joke” and it was met with minimal success, but I received a few pity laughs, the way you laugh at your crazy uncle.
As Dr. Kelley started talking he let me know the exciting news – Project Davy was in full swing. Puzzled, I asked what Project Davy entailed and he let me know that Project Davy is about getting our Davy girl home BEFORE THE END OF DECEMBER! My heart proliferated with excitement and my soul broke out into spontaneous worship.
Far More Abundantly
As Chelsea and I reflected on God’s abundant faithfulness we weren’t ready for even more exciting news coming the next day. Not only is our team’s goal to get Davy home before the end of December, but to potentially get her home as early as NEXT WEDNESDAY, THE 17TH!
Do what now?!?
Oh, I see what you’re doing God. You wanted to take our “far more” prayer and show us that you can do “far more abundantly” than anything we could dream or imagine. You wanted to send Davy home BEFORE Christmas without a gtube or tracheostomy. Oh, I see…
How great of an early Christmas present would it be to get Davy home?
I wrote this on my Facebook yesterday, but I believe it warranted reiteration here:
Now, yes, this is NICU life and anything can change on a dime. Any sickness could keep us in for months more. Yet, for Chels and I, our hope doesn’t rest in getting Davy home, but in the God who controls every breath of her lungs and function of her stomach. If it’s God’s will to keep us in longer, then we will endure with joy in our hearts and singing on our lips.
However, remember all those months that we prayed “far more” prayers, together as a community, for Davy to be home by Christmas? It looks like God might be working another Christmas miracle on behalf of the prayers of the saints.
Thank you all for continuing to fight alongside of us and let’s continue to intercede on behalf of this little girl!
Whirlwinds & Prayer Requests
I’m sure many of you have questions about the logistics and Chelsea and I do as well! However, we’re still working things out and we’ll know more in the coming days as our medical team fills us in with everything we need to know. Yes, there will still be a LONG way to go with Davy when we get home. However, the key word there is “home”.
As soon as we know more information I’ll pass it along to you all. Until then keep praying for “Project Davy” and the whirlwind of getting this girl home.
(A picture of Davy today from our friend Katie Wilcutts)
- Medical Staff – Be praying for our medical staff during this time. They are working passionately to get Davy home. Ask God to bless them with wisdom and knowledge to know the right steps to take.
- Chelsea and I – Be praying for us! This news is exciting and crazy at the same time. “End of December” and 8 days is a slight difference. There is a lot to get done, but pray that Chelsea and I would lean into God’s strength and our community for help.
- Davy girl – Lastly, I ask that you pray for our sweet Davy girl. Continue to pray for total healing of her lungs and stomach. Ask God to make her adjustment to her new “home” as smooth as possible.