Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Where to begin? We were informed this morning at 3:30 that Emily could possible have her scopes today. Our doctor decided to try something new...go through the Operating Room for the endoscopy/colonoscopy so that we could come home today if the course of treatment allowed. We were excited and very prepared! Anesthesia came to have paperwork signed and discussed the usual things with us. And then...Dr. Muhammed came to deliver the news..."We cannot do procedure today. I just finished fussin' out a whole bunch of people!" I'm not sure what his ethnicity is but his thick accent made this statement pretty funny. Apparently, every team in the hospital was ready to go except the endoscopy team. Since they are just slightly crucial to the test we have to wait until tomorrow.

We headed to the activity room after the news was delivered. This is Emily's favorite room because there are lots of creative things to do. She painted and worked on more Fuse Beads. During one of our activity room visits we had guests! The Greenbriar Church Staff (minus Mike who was feeling sick but plus Jaye because it is summer and she's out of school and she is such a great friend!). They came bearing a HUGE bag of goodies. Johnny provided some laughter as he made his own Fuse Bead penguin for his son, Baby Judah. I'm sure no one has trouble believing that he had the room laughing the whole time! After their visit, Melissa Bullard, one of Emily's small group leaders, came by to see Emily. We are so blessed to have family and friends who care so much. We are so thankful for each one.

At some point this afternoon we discovered that Emily might not be as, ummm, "prepared" for her procedures tomorrow so the doctor decided to add 4 more rounds of Mirilax. So far, the results haven't been as bad as I expected. After a shower and a new hospital gown Emily literally fell into the bed and sacked out!

As I sat here looking at her sleeping tonight, the perfect sovereignty of God floods my mind and how we can be at perfect peace when we surrender our worries and fears to Him. Honestly, I'm good at that....until it comes to those I love the most in the whole world. Then, I have to fight for it! Fight for the mind set on Jesus Christ...Fight for the demolishing of negative thoughts...Fight for the peace that comes with total surrender to our God. I found a verse that reminds me of the rest Emily is experiencing right this moment:
"In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety." Psalm 4:8
You alone. No doctor. No test. No medicine. No prognosis. Jesus alone brings peace! As we face tomorrow and whatever lies around the corner, I'm taking this peace with me!

Things I am looking forward to tomorrow? 1) Hugging the stuffin' out of HG! I have missed her so much. 2) Watching my baby girl finally get to put something solid in her belly after 4 days of a liquid-only diet (hopefully) 3)The possibility of coming home.

Now, with Em sound asleep and me having a few quiet moments, I'm going to get in the Word and then go to bed!


Anonymous said...

I am praying for Emily and for you guys as well. Thank you for sharing through your blog. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Philippians 3:1 which says, "Whatever happens...rejoice in the Lord." I'm so thankful for your devotion to Jesus. If you guys need anything, please don't hesitate to ask. Love you guys!

Greenbriar Fasting said...

We are lifting you guys up tonight. Love y'all.

Jackie said...

Thanks for the update. Praying for sweet Emily tonight and tomorrow! Love and miss you guys a TON!!!

Katrina said...

We are praying for all of you!

Patti W. said...

Hi Mandy, Scott & Emily (and Hannah Grace), We just learned that Emily was in the hospital & will be joining you in prayer. So glad to read that you have the "peace that passes all understanding." I know that He will see you through! Much love, Patti, Sara & the entire Whetsell family xxxooo