It is with much relief that I was finally able to bring my sweet hubby home today after having suffered from a stroke on March 7. He has experienced amazing recovery. Physically, he is able to move his limbs as completely as before. He is able to speak normally and does not seem to have any problem processing speech. He is having trouble with his peripheral vision, but some of that may improve. The eye specialist, however, detected macular degeneration, so we will have to have that investigated further. We are so thankful for how God has held us through this past week.
Last night, however, we received other devastating news. Our youngest daughter, who is expecting their first precious baby, had an ultrasound which revealed that the baby has a very rare Neural Tube Defect knows as Acrania. This defect occurs shortly after conception and is typically discovered at the end of the first trimester. With this condition the baby’s skull from the forehead to the base of the neck does not form or develop. This condition then progresses to become Anencephaly, which is where the brain does not develop fully or is destroyed by the acidic amniotic fluid. Babies with this condition are typically stillborn or die very shortly after birth. If you want to research Acrania and Anencephaly more, I would just like to warn you that this is a very disfiguring disorder and the images provided on the internet are very graphic and disheartening.
As you can imagine they will be facing a daunting road ahead with lots of difficult decisions. We would all appreciate your prayers. Please pray that God grants them wisdom and strength. Please also pray for us as a family as we strive to support them and walk through this process with them. We strongly believe that God does not make mistakes and know that He has a specific plan for this baby and for our family as we go through this situation. We are trusting that He will provide strength and peace. They will be meeting with doctors on Wednesday afternoon to find out more information in regards to the baby and Bethany’s overall pregnancy.
I am pulling out of the teaching engagements that I had scheduled for the coming month. Right now I will be focusing completely on being a support to my husband and my family.