Monday, February 13, 2017

Day 13 - Maddox

We first saw Maddox over Easter weekend almost two years ago.  We had completely stopped looking at the lists of waiting children.  Each time we looked, it didn’t feel right and it had become too much emotionally!  We had been praying since the beginning of our adoption journey for God to show us the exact child he had for us & he did just that!

It was Thursday, April 2nd.  As I got in bed that night and began scrolling through Pinterest and Facebook, I happened to see the sweetest little face.  Anna, our international social worker had posted a picture of a little one that our agency was trying to place.  He caught my attention, so I read the information.  It simply stated, “Lawrence, male, 11 months old, CHD.”  I had learned the hard way that CHD could mean any number of things or combination of things.  This could be something manageable or major!

I emailed Anna first thing Friday morning even though I knew our agency was closed for Good Friday.  I received an email from Anna on Monday letting us know that another family had him on hold at the moment.  However, the file had been attached for us to view in order to see if we were interested in being added to the pool of interest.  Monday night I read through the file more thoroughly and began researching his specific special needs-Congenital Heart Defect.  I began praying that God’s will be done with this child.
As we read Maddox’s file, we learned that Maddox was born with CHD: Tetralogy of Falot, Patent Foramen Ovale, & Ventricular Septal Defect.  According to the information in his file, Maddox was 2 months of age when he was found and sent to his orphanage.   At 5 months old, he was hospitalized due to pneumonia, shortness of breath and cyanosis.  It was at this time that he had open heart surgery to make repairs to his little heart.  Tuesday night (April 7th), I specifically prayed for God to either open or close the door for this child so that we could move on.  I could feel myself becoming attached.

Jeremiah 29:12 “In those days when you pray, I will listen.”

On Wednesday (April 8th) I received a voicemail from Anna letting me know that the other family had released his file and that he was now available for us.  I knew in that moment that he was either ours or there was something terribly wrong. 

I called her back right away and let her know that we wanted to place him on hold and that was that.  We then had one week to gather medical opinions/information, pray, pray, pray, and ultimately make a life changing decision for both him and our family!    

It’s completely astonishing how God knows our needs before we do and provides just what we need in that moment!  Wednesday night I was contacted privately via Facebook by a lady.  She was reaching out to offer the services of an organization that she directs called “Little Hearts.” She had contact with several pediatric cardiologists who could review this little guy’s file.  I should also add that this was free of charge!  I emailed the file to her that night and she forwarded the information on to her daughter’s personal cardiologist for review.

The following day we heard back from our pediatric nurse contact.  She simply said, “His labs are beautiful.”  That was great news!  On Friday (April 10th) we heard back from our pediatrician.  
He assured us that from a general pediatric standpoint, this child appeared to be right on target with development and recommended that we have a cardiologist look at the file as well before making a decision.  This was more good news!  On Tuesday, April 14th we received the first of two cardio consults.  It was what we expected based on what we had read and learned from our own research.  We were basically told that we would need to have him followed by a cardiologist once home and that he might need an additional surgery later on during his teens or early twenties.  There was no terrible underlying issue or horrible prognosis.  We were relieved!

We waited to hear back from the other cardiologist review since we now knew that we were getting two.  It became late and we decided that we weren’t going to receive the second review in time, so we based our decision on what information we had and our feelings after several days of much prayer.  We decided to say “yes.”  We felt like this was indeed our little one! 

Only a couple of hours later, we received an email from the director of Little Hearts.  She said that Dr. Langley wasn’t finished with his report, but had asked her to let us know that he had no concerns.  I believe that was God’s way of reassuring us that we had made the right decision. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

It’s amazing to look back and see how God used so many different situations, relationships, etc. to bring us to that point and help us make that decision!  So many things were orchestrated together! 

 Isiah 25:1 “O Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God.  You do such wonderful things!  You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.”

Maddox has been very thoroughly checked by his pediatric cardiologist twice since coming home last October.  We received good reports both times.   His cardiologist is confident that the repair done in China was a good one.  We are so thankful for God’s provisions with Maddox’s healthcare in China before we were able to make him a part of our family.  Maddox has no limitations and does not require any medications at this time.  We will continue to visit the cardiologist for checkups on a yearly basis.  We were told from the beginning that Maddox could require additional procedures or surgeries later on, but we are simply waiting to cross that bridge if/when the time comes.  For now, he’s doing great!  Most people would never know that Maddox has a heart condition other than the permanent reminder running down his small chest.

We are beyond blessed to have Maddox as our son!  He’s full of energy, fun, and love.  We can’t wait to see what God has in store for his future!


Andrea Olson said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm glad we were able to help you at Little Hearts Medical.

LisaE. said...

What a great last picture! Thanks for sharing your story and encouraging others!

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