February 04, 2009

Family Update

New Baby

Hopefully you all know by now that our little baby Sarah was born on January 17, 2009. You can scroll down and see some picture of the princess just below this post.

She is almost 3 weeks old now and growing very fast. At the moment she is having a bit of fussiness when it comes to feeding time and sleeping time. Her brothers are very much in love, always kissing and asking to hold her.

Once again...the dad's genes has proven to be stronger and it looks like she will look like Brad and her brothers. But I am completely ok with long as they get mom's brain....hehe.

Complications after delivery

Sarah's delivery was very smooth and short, but soon after delivery I started noticing that my left leg and foot were still very numb (at the moment we thought this was just effects of the epidural still in my body).

The next day (Sunday) I had feeling on my left leg again but my left foot never regain feeling or motion. Right now I am honestly emotionally and mentally drained and so I will skip through some of the details but basically as of today my foot is still very numb, I have very little general sensation on it and no motion at all.

At the hospital I had a run of tests done to try to determine if this was caused by the epidural but that came back clear. So it looked like most likely it was a nerve damaged during delivery (pushing time). Because of the condition of my foot I cannot walk so I am right now using a brace (AFO) and a walker and with physical therapy to try to get more comfortable walking and preserve the function of my muscles and joints.

Starting next week I will going to an outpatien clinic for physical therapy 3 times a week. In addition to that I am seeing a neurologist who is helping us determine what is going on with my foot.

This morning I went to see him for further testing and from what we understood it looks like it is not a nerve damage like we originally thought. So...that means that we still don't have a diagnosis. It also means that I need to do further testing. Another round of MRI's was scheduled today because my doctor is concerned that this might be spinal or possibly brain related. He noticed today some abnormalities with my reflex and even mentioned the possibility of multiple sclerosis. this moment, we really covet your prayers. Pray for our eyes to continue to the fixed upon the Lord. Pray that we will not go through this trial on our flesh but have total dependence on Him. Pray God will teach us how to endure and be found faithful through this testing of our faith. Pray for Brad as he carries the financial burden of all these added test and treatments as well as being there emotionally and physically for me and the kids.

Pray also for me...the thought of a serious neurological condition doesn't scare me or worries me as much as knowing how to handle everything we have going on at home. Right now I am very much in an emotional state (probably a post-partum thing) but every test or therapy or follow up visit...means another morning that I am away from the boys and our newborn girl. I very much long to be with them right now and try to get them back into some sort of routine and so pray that I will not be overwhelmed or anxious about those things but to make the best of the time I do have with them.

I must say that through this time the one thing that has kept us going is the love, prayers, encouragement and kindness displayed to our family by so many of you. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU so much!! We have felt so loved and cared for. And it has really humble us and move us to tears again and again how the Lord has blessed us with so many great friends and family members.

We've been listening to Pastor James Macdonald's series on trial going on right now at Harvest as well as Pastor Mark Driscoll's series on 1 Peter (Trials) and they both couldn't come at a better time!! We've been so encouraged by God's Word through this time and truly believe the Lord is growing us and molding us. It is not that I don't have my moments of sorrow and cry out to him, but at the same time we do it with the hope that nothing in this world can separate us from Him and it is for Him that we live first of all. So we should want to give him glory and honor through this trial. And we rejoice on who He is and who we are in Him because of Jesus precious sacrifice for us on the cross and our hope of eternal life.

I'll be updating here on my blog once I get the results back from the MRI's. So please check here or feel free to call us at home or cell phone. Time is very limited right now so I might not be able to call back right away or answer emails. Feel free to leave your comments here as well.

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Sheri said...

I just want to encourage you about your foot. Totally different situation but when I was younger i damaged the nerves in my foot and it took some time for the nerves to regenerate, but with physical therapy I was able to walk again and even cheer without any problems. My foot still gets very cold but I have complete feeling in it.

lgenesis said...

Dear Eli and Brad. Your story almost made be cry. I can't imagine what you are all going through but then you have encouraged me to look to Jesus and to always be thankful in all circumstances for He will carry us through. We continue to pray for you.

Our love and prayers,

Lystra, Greg
Rachel, Megan and Katelyn

Grace Z. said...

Thanks for the update Ely. Jessy and I were just wondering about you the other day. Newborn time is difficult enough without the added complications, but then again there's comfort in knowing that God knows what he's doing and he loves you. My prayers are with you.

Amy said...


I am praying for you and your family! (((hugs)))

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Nicole M. said...

I'm a FIAR Mama, too, and have been wondering how you are doing. I'm sorry the news about your foot isn't more encouraging. I'm definitely praying for you and your family. :)

God bless your family and those absolutely gorgeous kids!

Yvette said...

Dear Ely,
Nhien just gave me a quick update and after reading yours I'm just so amazed by your faithfulness at the same time I'm not. Please know Faith, Nhien & I are praying for you each and everyday and will be waiting to hear the results of the MRI. I wish we could be there for you and the kids. We miss you so much.
Love, Yvette, Nhien, Faith and Grace

Robin said...

Praying for you.

6:8 blog said...


Praying for the recovery of your foot/nerves. I'm sorry the joy of your new baby has been clouded by these concerns. May you have the peace that only our Father can give to get you through these days.

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June said...

Eli and Brad. Know that You are loved by all. Remember, God is GOOD! Keep those smiles up, let him carry you through. Lots of Love!

Homer Butuyan said...

Hi Ely, just discovered your blog, sorry I'm so slow with this. rest assured that you are always in my prayers. and remember... "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him."
Thanks for your blog, it's very inspiring.