“You’re going to have some pretty dark days ahead.”
What would you tell yourself 12 months ago?
“George. I’m sorry to say that . You will feel abandoned. You will be confused. There will be an enemy attack that appears futile.
You will have to cross the mountain bro. You can’t go around it. You can’t walk away from it.
Keep your eyes firmly on the Truth. Stay strong. Stay courageous.
Look away from the lies.
Here’s the Good News:
God is with you. HE NEVER LEAVES YOU. Thousands will stand with you. Thousands of warriors will come to the Lord in prayer on your behalf. The enemy has already lost. And in the end…
Can I just be honest? It’s been a long, dark road. Vonda and I hope someday we will be far enough away from this that we can write in more detail how dark it actually got. That’s for another day.
Today, I want to tell you that Ceci is well. I’m shaking my head as I type this. Cecilia. Is. Healed. Our Father walked us through miracle after miracle. “Trust Me.” “I will never forsake you.” “Never stop praying.” To God be all the glory.
At the end of the day, Cecilia did not have Pulmonary Hypertension. As it turns out, she doesn’t even have asthma. Cecilia has vocal cord dysfunction. With asthma, your bronchial tubes tighten which makes it difficult to breathe. With VCD, your vocal cord muscles tighten, also making it hard to breathe. Because it looks a lot like asthma, it’s very difficult to diagnose.
Today, Cecilia is breathing at 85-90%. Over time she will be back to breathing just like you and me. For now, Ceci is enjoying life! We’re still driving to Children’s Hospital 4 days a week for therapy and “tweaking” her breathing to get it to 100%.
Through all of Cecilia’s testing, doctors also diagnosed her with Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome. Just 4 in 100,000 people have WPW. Basically, the “electrical system” of her heart is not working the way it should be. It’s something she was born with and it’s something that MAY be affecting her breathing. It can cause rapid heart rate which can cause anxiety which can cause your vocal cord muscles to tighten.
A catheter-based procedure, known as ablation, can permanently correct the heart rhythm problems and tomorrow, Cecilia will have that ablation. Thin, flexible tubes (catheters) are threaded through blood vessels to your heart. Electrodes at the catheter tips are heated to destroy (ablate) the extra electrical pathway causing the condition.
It’s considered a “safe” procedure but, anytime someone is messing with your heart, it’s a little scary. Right?
We don’t know the time yet but we’ll be at Children’s Hospital all day tomorrow, Thursday. Ceci will be in surgery for 4 hours. Please continue to pray for her.
WE ARE GOING HOME! Tickets are purchased and we will land in Guatemala City on May 21st. We miss Guatemala. We miss El Rosario. We miss the boys at the academy. We miss home.
Thank you for standing with us. Thank you for praying. We feel loved.