Wednesday, June 24, 2009

MRI Results – A Lot To Be Thankful For

Last night I received a call from Daniel's urologist at 7 pm to tell me that Daniel's MRI was clear! There are no spinal abnormalities or corded nerve issues which could have been causing some of Daniel's issues. Also the ultrasound came back showing that his left kidney is slowly shrinking. While that kidney is far from perfect, his right kidney remains perfect and the doctor is thrilled. We are now able to take Daniel off the antibiotic that he's been on for over a year. This means that a few minor skin conditions which the antibiotic was causing can finally clear up completely even though we have just about taken care of that on our own! We will have a follow up ultrasound in about 4 months (easy!) and then if things are progressing as they expect, they anticipate yearly follow ups to be sure the left kidney continues to function well. They believe his bladder issues will heal in time and hope to wean him slowly off his other medication (bladder relaxer) as he grows.

I can't even begin to thank all of you out there who have lifted Daniel (and us) up in prayer. We certainly have an almighty God and I can't wait to tell Daniel more about Him and show Daniel how we have seen Him work miracles in his own life.

One tidbit of information I haven't shared in the blog before, but that I think now would be the appropriate time is that on our second trip to Russia, we were supposed to fly out of Dulles to Atlanta to catch our flight to Moscow. When we arrived at Dulles, they had just, minutes before, delayed our flight, so that we would not make our connecting flight to Moscow. We stood at the counter in full panic mode and the lady behind the counter started working frantically to get us on another flight. After about 15 minutes, in which she walked way talking to a manager, she then came back and said they were going to give us a taxi to take us to Reagan National airport to catch a flight there. The only problem was that the flight left within the next hour and they weren't sure we were going to make it. They gave us the last two seats on the plane and rushed us out to the taxi. The taxi driver took one look at us and drove as fast as he could saying that he hoped we didn't hit traffic and that when we arrived at the airport we had to get in front of everyone in the lines to make the flight.

We did not hit traffic, which was God's work, and a miracle in it's own right, as Troy and I frantically prayed from the back seat that we would not. When we arrived at Reagan, there was a large line for Delta and we stood there momentarily trying to figure out what to do.

Now, this may sound completely corny, but as I was looking at the counters, my gaze fell on a lady standing behind her computer in a Delta uniform. Her line was closed, but it was almost like she glowed or maybe it was her blond hair, but either way, I felt drawn to her and I ran for her.

She might have thought I was crazy as I probably gave her the biggest run-on sentence of her life, saying that we were adopting a child from Russia, we couldn't miss this flight, or we would miss the connecting flight, that our court date would be cancelled, that it just couldn't happen and please, please, please help us get the plane on time.

But instead, I'll never forget her smile as she said "I'm from Russia, give me your papers," and she turned her computer on and whizzed us through saying how wonderful she thought it was what we were doing. She asked for pictures so while she was frantically checking us in, Troy was showing her photos from his digital keychain. She finished in record time. We whizzed through security also in record time and we got to the gate as they were boarding the plane. We barely made it, but we DID make it and I know God had everything to do with that.

I still think the lady who helped rush us through check in was put there by God and may very well have been an angel to help us on our path to Daniel. And of course I can't forget the first lady who helped us, her manager and the taxi driver also.

And now for a picture of my little "not so much" angel lately. More on that later!!
Now if only that mower really cut grass!

19 comments:

Clarese said...

What an amazing story. Having lived in Baltimore for five years, I know very well how busy that corridor between Dulles and National can be! It is incredible that you did not run into traffic on your trip from VA to DC!

Stacy, Pat and Aidan said...

Truly amazing! I sometimes think Delta was put here by God. . .they helped us out on our trip #2 homeward flights to fix a major mistake that our travel agent had made. It still makes me shake with horror to think of what almost happened and then to smile at how fantastic and wonderful the lady at Delta was who helped us out! Love them!

Take it easy this weekend. . .: ) Leesburg terror-boy will be going to the pool and napping a LOT!

Kami said...

I am soo happy that Daniel's MRI results came back okay! Praises to God for taking care od sweet Daniel! I totally know what you mean by seeing God at work during the adoption process and even now. We also have lots of those stories where God opened a door just in time for us. I truly believe adoption is a God thing and He is behind it all. Your story gave me chills and made me tear up. Isn't God awesome??:)

Kami

Jenny and Randy said...

Woo hoo for those MRI results!! And I love the story about your near missed flight to Russia. God works in such amazing ways!

Christine and Stephen said...

So glad that Daniel's MRI came back with great news!

Love the story about your 2nd trip and the angels who helped you! Isn't it great that when you tell people you are adopting they are ALWAYS willing to help you out and do whatever it takes!!! I've learned to have pictures of the boys with me at all times just to show these angels and to thank them from my boys!!!

Joy said...

What excellent news!! I am so glad to hear that things are looking up for your little man.

I love that you can look back and see that God had a hand in your journey. For those of us waiting to travel and worring about all the details I am comforted to know that it all works out in the end. What a great story!
Joy

Heather & Jason said...

Yay! So happy things are looking so good! Thanks for sharing your testimony too- very inspiring. Blessings to you.

Roger and Joanne said...

So relieved to hear of Daniel's results! We may have to do some of the same tests on our son when we get home. They say one kidney is different than the other...you never know with those translated medicals and Russian medicine. We'll hope for the best with our own tests back here in the USA.

I got goosebumps reading your Delta story.

Tami said...

SO glad for the great test results! :)
What an awesome story!!! I love how God works! :)

Amy said...

That's great news about the test results. And what an amazing story regarding your 2nd trip. We weren't so lucky, we missed our flight from JFK because the stewardess in Philly would not radio ahead to them for us. We missed the flight by 10 mins. UGH! And saying we were pissed is putting in mildly especially when we waited 30 mins to take off the next day for a woman that sat behind us. You truly did have angels working in your favor that day. :)

Dede said...

Great news on the MRI! Loved the story about your flight. I've looked back on so many of the little things that happened along our journey and how everything happened exactly right even though I didn't think so at the time. God is definitely looking over all the adoptive families!

Craig and Phyllis said...

What an Awesome God we have!!! Praising God with you over the good test results. Doesn't it just drop you to your knees when you see God's handprints all over the adoption process?!

Kristine said...

I am sitting here in tears reading all of this...God is so good. He put so many people in our paths during our adoptions that helped us just like this. It is so cool to see Him at work!

I am so thankful that Daniel's tests came back and that he is doing so well. Praise God.

XXX

Kristine

ana and russ said...

Your story about the woman at the airport gave me chills! Our God is awesome! What a great story to share with Daniel when he is older.

Jackie said...

Rachel!! I love that story!! I want to read it again and again. There is no doubt in my mind that the lady at the airport was placed there by God. Wow!!

Old DAN AND Little ANN said...

That is such a cool story of God's provision and faithfulness! He doesn't bring us most of the way and then drop us ... He carries us all the way! So cool about the medical stuff too. WOW! PTL!

Shane & Marie said...

That story brought me to tears! So happy to hear that Daniel is doing better!

Becky and Keith said...

YAY!!! I'm so happy to be reading this!! That little boy of yours is tough as nails! Love the story of the two airports - gave me the chills!

Chris said...

So glad to hear about the good MRI results. And what a wonderful story about your flight that you barely made. What a great testimony to God's love, and his being there when you need him the most.