Saturday, September 17, 2016

Update - September 17th

We have been blown away by the amount of support we have received from thousands praying for Lucy and for our family. I want to say a huge thank you to Kelly Stamps for featuring me on her blog and helping to get the word out about our story. In case you missed her sweet post, you can check it out HERE.

Yesterday was our big appointment that we had been anticipating for what seemed like an eternity. Everything was going well at the beginning of the appointment. We had a regular ultrasound, and then another tech came in to do the fetal echo (which is basically an extremely detailed ultrasound of the heart). Everything was looking the same and "normal" (Lucy's normal), and then the tech went to meet with the cardiologist for a few minutes.

About 10 minutes passed, the cardiologist and the tech entered our room (which is normal). They started looking at Lucy's heart again, and suddenly her heart was at a super rapid 250 beats per minute (not normal)!

We discussed a few things about the echo. The biggest highlight was Lucy's prognosis. They determined this by several factors they had seen in the echo. They rated her on a scale from 1 to 10 (the lower the number, the better). They gave Lucy a 3! I take that as great news!

There wasn't a whole lot of time to linger on this point, though. Lucy's rapid heart rate called for a quick change in the rest of our plans for appointments yesterday.

I have since been admitted to the hospital and put on medication to try and help regulate Lucy's heart rate to a "normal," safe range. We will be staying here through the weekend so they can monitor my heart and Lucy's as well. When things reach a safe and stable range, we should be able to go home.

However, if they are not able to regulate things and see that Lucy is not responding well or handling things well, at that point they would need to deliver and get things going and taken care of outside the womb.

Since we have been at the hospital, they have done a couple EKG's on me, and I was able to start the medication at 10:00 last night. So far, my heart has handled the medicine well. If my body continues to handle it well, they will increase and adjust the dosage so that it can help Lucy the way it needs to.

Specific prayer requests:

  • Lucy's heart rate to regulate to a safe range and for her to stay in my belly for as long as possible. I really can't emphasize this enough. The longer Lucy can bake and grow big and strong inside me, the better she will do and be able to handle all that is ahead of her when she is born
  • No complications with the heart medicine (for myself or for Lucy)
  • Dr. Bornemeier (cardiologist from Arkansas Children's Hospital), for wisdom as she is in charge of decisions on medication and dosages.
  • Dr. Warlord and the team here at UAMS currently taking care of me and Lucy. 
  • Anything else you want to add!
Again, we can't thank all of you enough for your prayers. Thank you for sharing our story and calling on prayer warriors from all across our nation and across the globe. We are truly humbled by all of the love and support. 

13 comments:

  1. Praying with all my heart. That His heart will continue to hear thousands of prayers. Prayers for peace in your heart. Prayers for the healing of Lucy Lion's heart.

    "Against all hope, in hope I believe..." Romans 4:18

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  2. Jordan, your journey is allowing thousands to love Lucy! She is already a witness for His kingdom by opening up opportunities to pray for her! I love you sweet precious Jordan. I don't understand why you have been chosen for this path. You said not long ago that you are not strong. That is okay. You don't have to be. Your weakness allows God to show His strength. Take captive your thought and let Him just be God.
    “But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
    ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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  3. You and Lucy and the rest of your sweet family have been in our prayers. Our church in Maysville, OK has you and miss Lucy on our prayer list. Continued prayers heading yall's way! -Bro. Chris and Crystal Thorman

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  4. Praying for safe heart rate for Lucy and peace for Jordan, David and little Hank. We will continue to pray in KY.

    God bless you!

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  5. Praying for your Lucy Lion (and all other specifics) from Florida!!!

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  6. Girlfriend...I am on it! Will be praying for ya'll daily. May God's presence be closer than the air you breathe.

    Tyler TX

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  7. May God continue to bless you and Lucy even little victories are huge for you and the family. We will be bringing Lucy and you before the Lord every chance we remember to do so....praying for you in SW Ga..(Cairo pronounced Kayrow) Knowing God is in control makes it all easier to bare!!!

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  8. Sending love, faith and prayers from the beaches of Florida. You, your family and your little Lucy were prayed over in our small church today. I hope in some small way, you can feel yourselves being lifted on the shoulders of those who care through their faith in the power of prayer! When you do become anxious, know that we have your back and your front and we're storming the gates of Jesus for Lucy... tender, gentle hugs, mama!

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