There's a long road ahead. We've only just begun...
Oh the tears we have shed!
Oh the strength that HE gives!
How wonderful to be held firmly in HIS grip.
It appears that Austin's heart has been
compromised far longer than we at first believed.
His 2009 echo-cardiogram (ultrasound of the heart),
upon closer examination, seems to show
impaired heart function, which would mean that
it went undetected at that time.
Hindsight is always 20/20.
This heart condition, it would appear,
predates the earliest signs of Crohn's Disease.
We had no idea.
We could have suddenly lost him.
He is in what appears to be the advanced stages of heart failure.
There are still more tests to be run, and medicines to take.
There is the potential for a pace maker to be inserted in the next little while.
So, we wait.
God is in control. And we rest in Him.
Where would we be without Him?
What a comfort it is that we are not!
I cannot even fathom life here without Austin.
And yet, that is a very real possibility. Not imminently. But, eventually.
Unless the LORD intervenes. We pray that HE will use the means.
And we pray that HE will do the miraculous.
It appears that Austin's heart has sustained irreversible damage.
He has what is known as Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).
The favourable third (in my previous post) does not appear to be his lot.
We know that God is able to heal. We pray that He will.
But, we know that He is still Good if He does not.
We thought we had given our children over to the LORD years ago.
We must hold them with a light hand. They do not belong to us.
May we live this out. Day by day.
By His Grace. For His glory.
Austin is fully informed. And he is processing it all.
And God is giving him grace. But, he will have to grieve as well.
And then live.
Please pray that the LORD will continue to give him all
that will be required for this journey.
And please pray that we would be able to be a blessing to him as we seek
to point him and ourselves to the LORD.
And, of course, please pray for healing! God is able.
And to think that he says to us ~ "I sure hope you're not losing sleep over this!"
He really has no idea!
Thank you to each one of you for your prayers and loving concern.
We sense the Lord carrying us. He is such a gracious and loving Saviour!
We are blessed.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.
Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength."
~ Isaiah 26:3-4 ~
Much love, Camille
**If you have missed the other posts
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