Tikvah = HOPE (Update #2)

We had another appointment with our Perinatologist earlier this week. It was a routine 32 week check-up, but it afforded us the blessed opportunity to ask some questions that had been mulling around in our minds ever since our last visit with the specialists over 1 1/2 months ago.

Some of the questions (& answers) were as follows:

1) What should we expect, in terms of delivery?

It is actually preferred for Tikvah to undergo a normal delivery, which is a huge answer to prayer. However, should she show signs of weakness as the delivery progresses, then there may be a need to consider a c-section at that time.

Also, unless Tikvah arrives early (which would NOT be preferred), then an induction can be scheduled sometime during her 39th week (October 24-31, 2011). This would certainly be our preference also, as it would afford the specialists the opportunity to plan and coordinate the team of doctors that will need to be present to address Tikvah’s condition immediately following her birth.

2) Immediately following Tikvah’s surgery, would it be possible to stay near the hospital for a couple of weeks until she is fully recovered?

In God’s providence, there is a Ronald McDonald House around the corner from the hospital. This is a great organization, which basically houses the families of children being treated at several local hospitals for a very inexpensive fee. We have made initial contact with the appropriate parties, but have yet to hear back from them. (Please join us in praying that the Lord would grant us favor in their eyes and provide a room for us to stay during Tikvah’s recovery period.)

3) Following the surgery and recovery period, will Tikvah require any special care or equipment (i.e. special carrier, car seat, clothing, etc) when we bring her home?

Apparently, by the time we bring her home (approximately 2-4 weeks following her birth), she should be healthy enough to be handled and manipulated like any other newborn baby. Of course, a measure of caution should still be used, but as far as bathing, dressing, holding, handling, etc is concerned, her care and should about the same as that of any other newborn baby. The majority of her incision should be completely healed by that point so her wound should not require any special care either. All of the baby items we used with her older brother, Hezekiah, should work just fine for her (i.e. car seat, stroller, etc). This is another huge answer to prayer as hand-me-downs are a great way to cut costs.

4) Prior to discovering Tikvah’s condition, we were planning to move to the mid-west around the New Year. Is that still a realistic plan or should we plan to remain here long enough for Tikvah to complete all of her follow-up care/visits?

As long as there are reputable hospitals in the area where we are moving, which can sufficiently address Tikvah’s condition and follow-up care (which there are), then it should be fine for us to still plan to move. This, of course, is assuming that everything concerning Tikvah’s delivery, surgery, and recovery go well. Again, the Lord seems to be answering our prayers according to our requests, as we would like to move around the New Year so that we can remain faithful to our previous commitments. 

5) Since we are planning to move to the mid-west, we will be outside of Kaiser Permanente’s coverage area. What steps should we begin taking now to transfer Tikvah’s care and coverage?

We will need to begin looking for medical coverage now for our family’s health care coverage. However, since Tikvah’s “pre-existing condition” is so extreme, the likelihood of finding a provider that might offer an affordable rate for our family is not very favorable. We are beginning to look into it, but not sure how the Lord is going to provide here. (This is a huge prayer request as we move forward.)

As you can see, God continues to go before us, providing for us in so many ways. We are continually amazed to see His faithful hand working out all the details of this entire situation. We rest in His unfailing love and tender mercies, which He has made known to us in exciting new ways during this season. We trust Him to continue to work out everything else according to the counsel of His good and perfect will. 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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2 Responses to Tikvah = HOPE (Update #2)

  1. Randy says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I spoke with the folks at the LA Ronald McDonald House and they said the social worker at Kaiser and/or Children’s LA simply needs to fax the request when the baby is delivered and if a room is available they will assign a room to you at the House.

    We will pray for God’s favor on the request for a room.

    Love to you all,


  2. Elizabeth says:


    Thank you for your time and research on this. I have been in contact with the Social Worker at Kaiser off & on (phone tag) for the last week and was able to get some answers today:

    -Bad News: Ronald McDonald House cannot guarantee any room in advance, as they base their reservations on day-by-day availability. Also, due to the close proximity of our apt to the hospital, others, who live further away (some come from out of state/country to be treated at CHLA) will be given higher priority.

    -Good News: Once the doctors determine my induction date (tbd: sometime during the week of October 17th, 2011), we can submit an official application to the RMH for their consideration. Even then, they cannot guarantee that a room will be available at the time of delivery, but at least they can get our name on the list at that point. 🙂

    Again, thank you for all of your help. We will continue to pray that the Lord might be pleased to provide something through RMH, but trust in His goodness either way. 🙂


    The Kirkland’s

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