Thursday, April 3, 2008

Sighs of relief

Our pediatrician called us this morning to give us some news that lifted our spirits and brightened our day. She was able to view half of Nathan's latest blood test results and called to give us the good news. His CK (Creatine Kinase) levels came back completely normal, erasing the fear of Nathan having a fatal or completely debilitating form of muscular dystrophy. His TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) came back within the normal range for his age, erasing the fear of him having congenital hypothyroidism. And his liver function test came back great, with his bilirubin levels continuing to drop. We are still waiting for the part of the test checking for metabolic disorders and certain deficiencies.
We are just elated with these results! It is amazing how a little good news in the midst of so much heartache can boost your spirit. The Lord has granted us mercy at a time when we have desired it so much. The tears that have flowed today were only tears of joy and thanksgiving.
Today's results did confirm what we have previously been told...this diagnostic time will more than likely be a long and trying time with many frightening tests. But I can say that we have been given strength and grace to press onward. I have personally prayed for patience along this journey, and I woke this morning with a newly found sense of peace in regards to how long this diagnostic process will seemingly take. Again, the Lord is merciful.
Our physical therapist called yesterday to let us know that she would be calling back within 2 weeks to set up Nathan's first appointment. She confirmed that he will start PT within the month...something that we have previously been told could take up to 4 months to start up. And again, we are thankful for the Lord's mercy.
"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." Psalm 27: 14


Christine on April 4, 2008 at 7:58 AM said...

Obviosuly I did not read this before I emailed you this morning! That is such great news to hear so much of his blood work has come back normal!! YAY!!!

Amanda on April 4, 2008 at 9:04 AM said...

Amber I am so happy for Nate and you and Jay and his big sisters. Happy news for your family. What a way to start the weekend.

skye on April 4, 2008 at 9:17 AM said...

Thank goodness for some good news, finally!
Still thinking of you & praying for you all constantly.
Hang in there. Love you Ferrells! ;)

Dana on April 4, 2008 at 10:59 AM said...

Amen! I am rejoicing with you in this wonderful news and praying that in the upcoming months you will continue to rejoice over test results!

Tara on April 4, 2008 at 11:06 AM said...

We are so excited and so thankful to the Lord for HIS amazing grace! We love you guys and are so, so, releived over the results you got back yesterday as I know you are. The pictures of Nate are adorable, he is growing up way to fast!

Doris on April 4, 2008 at 11:35 AM said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Tammy on April 4, 2008 at 11:37 AM said...

My family and I are fervently praying for little Nate and his precious family. We pray that one by one, all his tests will be normal and his body will overcome the current struggles. God is in control, and we pray His will be done, and we humbly ask that all be well with Nathan, and I know it will.

Cousin Tammy

sis Kathy said...

Praise the Lord!
We will be in prayer that the good news only continues and that the Lord may heal what ever has a hold on Nathan's body.

Love ya'll Sis Kathy

Anonymous said...

That is wonderful news! You guys are still in my prayers daily.


Brandy on April 4, 2008 at 1:52 PM said...

Such wonderful news!
Nathan looks so much like Abby in the picture of them both. He is outgrowing that infant look. I love his little striped shirt and his tough guy clothes.
Thanksgiving for sure!

Staci on April 4, 2008 at 6:07 PM said...

Nathan is just such a joy to look at! I look forward to every picture you post of him :) Praise the Lord for the good news! This is just the beginning!!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news! I am sitting her eyes all welled up. I hope you continue to get only good news. Hugs.
Linda (lchorba)

oh amanda on April 5, 2008 at 9:19 AM said...

Amber, so glad to hear good news! Always praying for Nathan and you guys!

shalonda on April 5, 2008 at 12:08 PM said...

ooooh Amber this is fabulous news!!!! Ia m thrilled for yall!

Anonymous said...

Dar Dar said "PRAISE GOD". What Great News. We will continue to pray for that little guy and this wonderful family. HALLELUJAH, WHAT A SAVIOR!

staceywoods on April 7, 2008 at 8:37 AM said...

That's wonderful news, Amber!! And Nate is getting so big... his life is certainly being well-documented in your photographs, they're really amazing! You just keep getting better and better, I swear! :)

Katie on April 8, 2008 at 11:32 PM said...

Praise God! He is so good!

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