Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Baby Olivia

Hello to those who follow Beck's blog. Unfortunately we got some pretty bad news yesterday so this is her husband posting today. As some of you know, Beck has been pregnant for 25 weeks now and the baby has not been growing very much, so we had an ultrasound yesterday at a hospital in Rockford that specializes in high risk pregnancies. After the ultrasound, the doctor comes in and reviews the results right away.

The dr spoke in percentages and probabilities but is pretty certain that Olivia has Dandy Walker, which is a form of mental retardation affecting motor skills in varying degrees. It is a problem with her cerebellum and has most likely affected her hands at the least as one is in a fist and the other in a half fist, which indicate neurological problems. There is also a heart problem, which is VSD or tetri something or another. Then her umbilical cord has 2 arteries and 1 vein but only one artery is supplying blood, which leads to the original reason for going: slow growth. As a result of all these things put together, this dr is not optimistic that Olivia will live and that she has probably not grown at all over the last several weeks.

We decided for an amniocentisis to find out more information and hopefully be able to make better decisions, and the first test will/should return on Friday and will tell us if Olivia has a 13 or 18 chromosome problem, which if she does, will mean she has a "lethal" genetic problem. Meaning Olivia won't live and probably won't go the full term. Even if that is not the case, the doctors seem skeptical because Olivia is not getting all the blood she needs and isn't growing.

How to pray? Well, we are just trying to soak it in. Don't know what to think exactly but we know the LORD loves Olivia, even more than we love her. If she goes to be with the LORD there is no better place for her than in His arms and if the LORD wills for her to stay, we pray for a miracle, just like in the Bible when Jesus healed the lame, the blind, the deaf, the sick...

Already, many of you have called and comforted us as well as prayed and we appreciate you all at this time. I only ask for patience if my wife doesn't answer or talk much. I can't imagine what she must be going through, but we must trust that the LORD knows what is best and why, even when we are in the midst of the storm. Please continue to pray for wisdom for us as we make decisions for Beck and Olivia. God bless.

Rick

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Prayed, praying and will continue to pray. Anything at all I can do let me know. Love you guys
Jori

Hollie said...

Praying! I wish there was more I could say, more I could do... but all I can do is pray!

Stephanie said...

We are all praying here too!

Erin said...

no words...just prayer.

Anonymous said...

We, too, will be lifting you up in prayer! Praying peace and comfort for you, a MIRACLE for baby Olivia!
Love and prayers,
Sheri Webb

Melissa said...

I'm so sorry to hear this news! I'll pray for Becki and Olivia, the whole family! God bless.

Peaceful Chaoz said...

Love you guys!

Andrea said...

Praying for you guys! Let us know if there's any way we can help!

Anna said...

I don't know what to say. I wish you were here, so that I could wrap my arms around you and weep along with you. Please call, please ask, for anything you may need right now. I've been praying all day.

annifranni said...

I am praying for you!

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

Your family and baby Olivia will absolutely be in our daily prayers.

Mika said...

Praying for you all, may God be with you.

Anonymous said...

The Carols are praying for you too. He has a plan, be comforted in His love.

Bob said...

Hi Rick and Beck...
Just know we and others are lifting you and your family up in prayer. I/we are here for you in any way we can be.. Bob

Anonymous said...

Just read the blog news and am praying as I write this. So glad that you guys could share this, so that we as fellow members of God's family can lift you up in prayer and love!!
Peggy S.