In July 2010, our oldest, who was 22 months at the time, had a stroke because of a malformed artery that ruptured, resulting in a baseball-size blood mass. After 9 days at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, God used a Nurse Practitioner to change the course of Carter’s care. For days we were trying to get his brain scans sent to Memphis but with no success. This precious lady walks in, we tell her we need to get Carter’s scans to Memphis so we can see this certain neurologist, and she says she will be directly back. About thirty minutes to an hour later she comes back and says, “A helicopter from LeBonheur is on its way to pick up Carter. Dr. Boop wants him in his care immediately.” That was on a Monday. By Thursday he had his first brain surgery. After a night in ICU and another scan, we learned he would need another surgery that following Monday.
God’s sustaining hand held Carter through his second and final surgery on that Monday. By Thursday we were being discharged. Although he wasn’t able to walk when we got home, God sped up his healing, and he walked by his second birthday, three weeks later. Many do not survive this type of rupture. Many are intebated, and the outcomes are not what we have seen. God, in His mysterious and wonderful kindness, has granted Carter physical healing and life. We PRAISE HIM FOR THAT!
CB after first brain surgery, July 2010
So, tomorrow morning, we will go to LeBonheur for an out-patient procedure to make sure all things are well in Carter’s brain. His last test was in 2011, so the doctors need another look since it has been four years. I don’t know the possibility of regrowth of the AVM, and there is not a whole lot of information about children who are survivors of AVM ruptures. So, by God’s kindness, we GET to be rechecked because Carter has done so extremely well.There have been ZERO residual effects of the stroke, brain bleed, and brain surgeries thus far, praise the Lord!
After his second surgery, 5 days later, July 2010
“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Psalm 46: 1-3, 10-11
One thing we know for sure from these past sufferings: God is our strength and help and refuge. He keeps us through the fiery trials of this life. Though He may not grant physical healing to some, He keeps us and never lets us go.
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
“Your name and renown
are the desire of our soul.”
Isaiah 26: 3-4, 8
His name is made great when others see His extraordinary power in upholding the souls of His children. When all is falling to shambles, the hope of the Christian is in the unchanging God because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” Hebrews 13:8.
Please pray for Carter and his anxiety over an IV, that he would know the peace that God gives and feel it! Pray also that God will protect him as he is given general anesthesia, that God will guide the neurologists hands as he performs the test, and that Carter would fair the anesthesia well. He will lie flat for at least four hours during recovery, so pray for us as we make him comfortable during that time!