April 6, 2013

Low Point ~ An Update

We are at a low point with Austin on 
Very low.  It's actually been frightening to watch him struggle.
His weight got to the lowest ever two weeks ago.
We continue to pray and seek the LORD at every turn.
There have been many bends in this road.
Humanly speaking, we are weary.  Very weary.

But, God's grace is sufficient in the midst of it all.

When Austin's weight reached its lowest point,

we took him to emergency expecting to admit him,
but, they felt he was well enough to go home with us.
We took him home and continued with the course
of treatment we were on.  We continued to pray.
In the last two weeks he has gained four pounds.
He is still far below his ideal weight,
but, we are grateful for any additional pounds.

We praise the LORD for His mercies!

Yesterday, Howie and Austin went up to
Children's Hospital to meet with the heart failure specialist.
The purpose of the meeting was to establish which
of the medicines could be eliminated or reduced.
He has been on four.  A cocktail.
It would appear that they may be interfering with
his progress on the Crohn's front.

The meeting was productive.
However, the doctor informed both Howie and Austin
that they are experimenting with our son.
They do not really know what will work for him
and what won't.  Trial and error. 
He admitted that Austin's case is a challenging one.

This confirms to us how imperative it is
that we are actively involved in the decision making process.
For that, we need much wisdom and strength.
Our gracious LORD promises to give it. 
Step by step.  Day by day.  Moment by moment.
Throughout this most recent struggle,
we have been encouraged by the following verse ~

“…neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” 
~ 2 Chronicles 20:12 ~

He has been Faithful.  He continues to lead us so gently along.
How wonderful it is to rest in the fact that our Loving
Heavenly Father is the Great Physician!
We continually lay our son at His feet and trust Him for the outcome.
He always does all things well.

Austin loves the LORD.  His sins are forgiven.
He rejoices in his Saviour.  We are thankful for these mercies.
Such mercies!  This has been such a comfort to our hearts.
We rejoice that truly, our times are in HIS hands.

Thank you to each one of you who have prayed for our family
over the past many months ~ you have blessed us greatly.
We appreciate all the loving care and concern shown
to us ~ each one of you has been such an encouragement.

If the LORD should bring us to mind,
would you please pray that Austin would put on weight
and that the adjustment to his medications would be
of benefit to his body?  Please also pray that whatever the 
outcome should be, we would still praise HIM.
Thank you so very much!

May the LORD have His way in this whirlwind.
And, may we come forth as gold ~ tried, but not consumed.
He alone is worthy of all our praise.

With Much Love,


Farmgirl Cyn said...

Absolutely will continue praying...for all of you.

Nadine said...

Dear Camille,

Please know that we will be keeping Austin and your family in our prayers!
Take care my friend!

Love & Blessings,

Cinnamon said...

Camille, Thank you for the updates. It is good to know just what you need prayers for.

Sending you a big hug and prayers!

"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you." Isaiah 26:3


Grandma Becky said...

Dear Camille, oh dear friend, my heartfelt prayers for Austin. We are at the mercy of the drs. Glad you were told of the situation Austin is in.
That's why it's called medical practice. :P So glad you love the Lord and have hope along with His comfort. Hugs and prayers and virtual cookies from me.

Sandy said...

Dear Camille,

We are praying for Austin. We'll continue to pray for healing and strength to be upon him.
Hugs to you, my friend.

Love in Christ,

Heather@Cultivated Lives said...

Thank you so very much for keeping us updated. Praying, praying, praying for healing, provision, peace and supernatural direction.

So thankful for his fresh mercies and really looking forward to the new heaven and new earth where these pains, sickness, trials and weariness will be but a distant memory.

Keeping Austin as well as your entire families in my prayers...

Camille said...

Dear Cindy ~ Thank you SO much my friend! What a blessing you are to me. :)

Dear Nadine ~ It is such a sweet comfort to know that you are praying...thank you from the bottom of my heart! :)

Dear Cinnamon ~ I *love* the Scripture you shared...it's been one of my *special* verses during this time of illness. Thank you for your kind friendship and for praying. :)

Dear Becky ~ How lovely it is to belong to the Family of our Great God. Thank you for your sweet words of comfort and love...and, thank you for praying. :)

Dear Sandy ~ What a blessing it is to know that you are holding us up in prayer...thank you SO much! Love to you all. :)

Dear Heather ~ Oh, yes...Heaven will be truly wonderful. May we rejoice in our Saviour in the midst of the suffering...it will make Heaven all the sweeter. Thank you for your prayers...they are precious! :)

With love,

~marci~ said...

Interceding in prayer for Austin, and all of you. Prayer opens the floodgates of heaven.

Joyfulmomofmany said...

praying here Camille. {{{{hugs}}}}

Julia said...

I have and will continue to lift Austin and you all in prayer, Camille {{hugs}}

Psalm 84

Jenn said...

My dear, dear, friend, my heart is aching for you and tears are pooling in my eyes. Please know that we are praying daily for your family. So, wish I could wrap my arms around you and pray with you.

I am going right now to lift your family up to our Lord in prayer.

Love you so dearly!

His bondservant said...

You all are in my thoughts and prayers Camille. Praying for His wisdom, strength and healing to be granted to you all. Love, Jackie

Camille said...

Dear Marci ~ How precious are the prayers of the LORD's people! Thank you for praying for us...what a blessing. I'm lifting you and your family up to the Throne of Grace this day as well.

Dear Susan ~ Thank you so much my friend! Praying for you, too.

Dear Julia ~ What a beautiful Psalm you shared...thank you for drawing my attention to it. Yes, indeed...HE is Good, and HE is our portion forever. Thank you for praying my friend...you bless my heart.

Dear Jenn ~ What a wonderful thing it is to call you *sister*...the LORD is Good to us, isn't HE? I continue to remember you before the Throne of Grace as well.

Dear Jackie ~ It's lovely to have you back in the blogging world my friend! Thank you so much for lifting us up in prayer...what a precious thing it is to belong to the Family of Our Great God!

With love to you all!

Patty said...

Praying for you all ~ for God's strength to replace your weakness, for Austin's weight gain, and for His answers to your needs. Keep heart ~ God is good, always, even when life isn't.

Camille said...

Dear Patty ~ Thank you so much for your sweet encouragement my friend. What a blessing to us your prayers are. The LORD is Good. Always.

With love,

Jill said...

Continuing to pray..... Big hugs to you, know you and your family are in my thoughts.


Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Thank you for telling us how we can specifically pray for Austin as well as you. I'm so sorry things have been especially hard lately. Praying things will smooth out soon. Oh, I wish I could give you a real hug, but a cyber hug will have to do. (hug)

Camille said...

Dear Jill ~ Thank you my friend...thank you! :)

Dear Jackie ~ A cyber hug is most welcome my friend. Hugs back to you! :)

With love,