Sunday, January 30, 2011

In the Blink of an Eye: Updated

Awoke this morning to happier news from Alyssa's husband:
Update on Alyssa: "Just got out of surgery, and God is very good! They took out her kidney, which the doctor said had basically dissolved, and the bleeding has completely stopped. Her blood pressure and pulse are all better than they had been all day. Now we pray for a safe and full recovery, as we aren't entirely out of the woods, but the scariest part is over."
I am in absolute awe of the prayers and supplications that went up for my beloved wife. There is no doubt in my mind that she is with us now because our Blessed Lord heard our cries and pleas for His Divine intervention. I took baby Tatia...na Elia (we now have a name for her), home last night after the surgery, and Alyssa called me this morning. She feels a TON better, and has certainly retained her sense of humor. She told me that she woke up at about 3:30 and felt quite lucid. In fact, she said, "Wow, it's about noon, and I should get up and walk around." Of course, she didn't, but it's an indication of how good she feels. She just received Communion, and I will be on my way to the hospital to be with her very shortly.

God Bless you all, and thank you so very much for your prayers!

--Michael

PS - Here is the reason for the name "Elia." We had picked the first name, Tatiana, a while ago, but couldn't settle on a middle name. About a month ago, our 5 year old daughter started writing random letters on paper, handing them to Alyssa asking her to tell her what the letters say. Most of the time, it was gibberish, but one time, she very clearly wrote E-l-i-a (with the first letter capitalized, as if for a name). We thought it looked like a name, so we looked it up to see. Indeed, it is a name. It is Hebrew for "God has answered." Indeed He HAS answered, and as Rob pointed out after her surgery was complete, it is providential that this aneurysm (which was apparently chronic and could have ruptured at ANY point) burst AFTER the baby was born and not before or during delivery. God has answered, and so in commemoration of this, we give Tatiana His answer as her middle name.