Tikvah = HOPE (Update #1)

Since our last update, we have been referred from our original local team of doctors to a more specialized team down in the Hollywood area. We had our initial appointment with the Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist and the Pediatric Cardiologist yesterday afternoon and (via ultrasound) they were able to confirm the initial findings. (In fact, just to highlight God’s mercy throughout this whole thing, the specialists were VERY impressed with the ability of the original team of doctors to even discover Tikvah’s condition in the first place because, in their words, “it would have been very easy to miss.”) Also, they were able to double-check all of Tikvah’s other vital parts (i.e. kidneys, brain, etc.) and nothing else appeared to be cause for concern.

Following our ultrasound, the Pediatric Cardiologist sat with us for about a half-hour to fill us in on all that we should expect following Tikvah’s birth. To reiterate, basically, Tikvah will be delivered at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Hollywood. Within 72 hours following her birth, she will be taken across the street to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for open-heart surgery to correct the placement of her arteries. (By the way, this is just another point where God has revealed His grace in all of this because CHLA is world-renowned for their advanced care of children’s related illnesses and diseases. We never could have dreamed that we might have access to such highly-trained, highly-skilled physicians and equipment in treating our little girl … God is so good!) She will return to Kaiser Permanente NICU for recovery and is expected to be there for approximately 2 to 4 weeks following the surgery.

Upon discharge from the hospital, she will require specialized care at home and frequent follow-up appointments. However, should she heal and recover well from the surgery, it is expected that she should go on to participate in all of the “normal” activities of life in the months and years that follow.

As of right now, she is doing fine and I can feel her getting bigger every week. She seems to be a strong little girl (just like her older brother, Hezekiah), judging by the kicks and squirms she has been giving me lately, but we rejoice in that knowing God is strengthening her for the physical trial that awaits her as she enters into this world.

Our God has been so good to us throughout all of this. He has lavished us with immeasurable peace and girded us with confident assurance in His character. We have been wrapped in an overwhelming sense of His unwavering love and grace. We have found so much comfort from the unfailing promises in His Word and look expectantly (and “hope”fully) to Him for the outcome and all that He has planned for little Tikvah’s life. We can fully attest to the fact that God truly gives His children the grace to bear-up under the trials that He lovingly orchestrates for them … we are experiencing that right now. 🙂

To God be the glory!


About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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5 Responses to Tikvah = HOPE (Update #1)

  1. Dianne says:

    We are trusting God along with you! What a testimony this little girl will have!

  2. Mom says:

    Amen! I thank God every day for His hand in Tikvah’s life. It is so clearly evident.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Amen, Moms! You guys have been such a tremendous source of support and encouragement during this. Thank you for your unfailing love and support!


  4. Jennifer W. says:

    Thanks so much for the update. We’ve been praying(particularly our kiddos) for Tikvah since your original post and we were wondering if there had been any news. I spent a lot of time at that particular Kaiser during my dad’s recent open heart surgeries in the past year and we had a great experience with their staff there. Children’s also helped one of my brothers long ago and we have a soft spot in our hearts for that place as well.

    Praying that God would continue to keep both of you healthy and that He will give you the grace to be strong through this trial.

    Blessings & love,
    The Whitneys

    • Elizabeth says:

      Dear Jennifer,

      Thank you so much for the prayers of you & your adorable loved ones! We honestly can sense the love and support people have been pouring into us these last couple of months and it has been a huge source of encouragement. 🙂

      As for an update, we don’t really have one. We have been posting things on this blog following each appointment with our doctors. Our next appointment is on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 so we should have something up again by the end of the week.

      Thank you so much though for reaching out with your prayers and the encouragement of your past experience with both Kaiser & CHLA. I am saddened to hear about your Dad’s recent heart troubles, but trust that he is doing well now. Please send our love to the rest of your family. It was great to see you at the Women’s Conference this year. I look forward to catching up with you more later!

      Love, in Christ,

      Elizabeth Kirkland

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