Sweet baby Chaia, and Ben and Shaina really need our prayers!! Today(Wed) is a big day. They may have to let her go. Click here to hear it straight from Ben, he talks about it at the end of his video.
He has a great message in his video too. I know I fell into one of the groups that he was talking about, b/c on this very blog I said "Why do bad things always happen to good people?" I know it's not biblical in my heart and my knowledge of the Bible, but it's usually the first thing that comes to my mind for some reason. We live in a world thinking that if we live a good Christian life and are good people, than nothing bad will ever happen to us. That's not at all true! Like Ben said...Faith leads to Salvation, which leads to Trials, which leads to Worship. There will always be trials...some small, some big. It's what we do and how we handle those trials that makes the difference. Some Christians get derailed, some come out an even stronger Christian than ever before!
Ever since I first heard about what was happening with Chaia and I saw how Ben and Shaina are not staggering in their faith but are becoming stronger even as their only child possibly faces death, there is just one song that comes to my mind. Every time I hear it, I think of them. It's by a Christian band called Tenth Avenue North, and the song is called Healing Begins. Click below and read the words, it's truly amazing...
"Now you come to where you're broken within...the light meets the dark." To me, I interpret this as when something bad happens to us or someone close to us like death of a family member or a diagnosis of your child who may face death soon or later... you may feel "broken within." You're heart breaks so to speak. This bad thing is the "dark" which could easily get us down or overcome us if we let it. It's like were are traveling in the light and then BAM all of a sudden we meet the dark. Are we going to let the darkness overcome us? Or are we going to let our light shine even brighter? Are we going to let God's Will be done whether it's the outcome we want or not?? This is very hard to put into words and maybe I'm not making any sense, but it's been on my mind so much lately that I wanted to try to put it into words. To me, Ben and Shaina are letting their light shine through this dark time. They are standing FIRM in their faith in God and are bringing people closer to Christ even in their darkest time. Now that's what I call a true Christian!!
So I ask you...when your light meets the dark, how do you react, or how are you going to react??
The dark for me was when my son was diagnosed at 2 weeks old and we were told that he will be in and out of the hospital and has a 50% chance of living to age 37. That was a very dark day for me and it still is every day just knowing this fact. But I don't let it get me down. I never really was one to question "why" God did this to our family. I know that if I didn't have God in my life, I would be an absolute mess!! I'm VERY thankful that my parents raised me in a Christian home and went to church every week and even sent me to a Christian school all my school days!! (Thanks Mom and Dad, you're the best:) Along the way, I learned not to question God. He has a reason for everything He does in our lives. This is His Will. The question is...what am I going to do with it, or what is Lil' Chris going to do with it as he gets older?? It doesn't even have to be me or Lil' Chris, it could be Ayla or my husband or a complete stranger that heard of Lil' Chris' story that may carry out God's Will! Only time will tell.
I always say "Everything happens for a reason and only time will tell what that reason is." Did something in your life ever happen and you think "Why, what, huh??" and then years later you go "Ohhhhh, that's why!" For example, my husband and I moved 2 weeks after our honeymoon 8 hours away from both of our families. "Why, what, huh??" Then 4 years later, Lil' Chris was born and diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and we found out CF is VERY expensive. Guess what?? This state that we just happen to move to covers EVERYTHING!! "Ohhhhhhh, that's why!!" I thank God He moved us here! I look forward to fulfilling His Will in whatever way He wants me to...whether it be here on this blog, talking to others at my CF fundraisers, or just anybody I know, or even a complete stranger! I believe he put Cystic Fibrosis in our lives for a reason...so we could fulfill His Will. I actually feel honored that God would put His trust and faith in us to fulfill His Will, and whether the outcome of our CF story is what we want or not, I pray that we all SHINE THROUGH THE DARKNESS!!
Some may think I'm crazy and that I shouldn't be writing this in my blog, but different scenarios have played out in my mind for a long time now. All different ways that God's Will may be filled through our CF story... 1. I picture myself standing in front of a crowd, maybe a church or school or something, and I tell the story of Lil' Chris. How he was a Great Christian and even though he had a lot of dark times, he still shined through them by telling others about how great God is and by praising Him all the way up until his dying day. I know, I know...that's awful to think about, but for some reason I do. Maybe this will be God's Will?? Maybe He is preparing me?? I don't know. I pray it's not and that Lil' Chris lives a long and happy, "healthy" life.
2. Ayla doing the same as me in scenario one. (I can't really see my husband standing and speaking in front of a crowd, sorry Honey;) lol! Ya never know tho, maybe you'll shock me someday:)
3. Lil' Chris himself speaking in front of a crowd as a fine handsome gentleman in his 20's, 30's, 40's and older, telling of his hard CF story and how even though he hurt and had a hard life, he never once questioned God, but yet praised Him through all his dark times.
4. The best of all....Lil' Chris traveling the world telling of his "miracle" CF story!! How God chose him to be completely healed and go and tell others of God's healing and bring others to Christ through him and his "miracle" CF story!! I LOVE this one, even though I would miss my baby traveling around the world, but if it meant no more pain and suffering for my son, I wouldn't mind...thank God for Skype;-) ....or if he would let me, I would travel with him;-)
So do you think I'm crazy for thinking these things?? I don't know...I've just always felt that God has something GREAT in store for our family! I feel that I give a little testimony every time someone asks me about Lil' Chris or if I tell someone about Lil' Chris and his CF. I tell them of all the bad/dark things and then I always end with how great Lil' Chris is doing and how thankful we are to God! WE LET GOD'S LIGHT SHINE THOUGH OUR DARKNESS!!!! I challenge you to do the same:)
Thanks for letting me get this off my chest:) M PS. Lil' Chris is 4 years old and has not been in the hospital once, even though the doctors expected him to be at least once each year. Also, he has not needed any nebulizor's or breathing treatments, which is truly AMAZING! God is GREAT!! He is able to perform a miracle and heal Lil' Chris completely of his Cystic Fibrosis!! Lil' Chris has a lot of people all over praying for a miracle for him. Thank you all for your prayers and please keep them coming. If you could do me a favor and ask for a miracle for Chaia too, that would be fantastic:) Both Chaia and Lil' Chris are already "miracles" in my book;)
Reflux- 1 Prevacid Capsule(15mg)once a day to help enzymes work better
Hill Rom Vest 2 times a day for 30 minutes each
-Frequency 10 Hz for 10 min, then switch to 12 Hz for another 10 min., then switch to 14 Hz for another 10 min. two times a day
-Pressure set at 5 for first 20 min, then 4 for last 10 min.
-Currently at 1,850+ hours total (been using since he was 11 months old) (Got a new machine, so lost count now.)
-Upped his Creon 6000 enzymes from 3 to 5 on 1/1/13 due to stomachaches. Switched to Creon 12000 on 1/29/15. 2 with each meal and snack(7yrs old).
-He started his first nebulizer, Pulmozyme, on July 1, 2012 at 5 yrs old. He uses Albuterol inhaler and the Acapella when he has a bad cough.
-His first TOBI treatment was on 11/5/12, b/c he cultured Pseudomonas for the first time:( Also first time taking Cipro. 5 yrs old.
-Started Claritin for allergies on 5/8/13
He has never had any sinus problems... Praise the Lord!
Last CF Clinic Visit: 12/17/14 Weight: 57 lbs. 5 oz. Height: 52 inches BMI: 30 percentile PFT: 111/110
Next CF Clinic Visit: 5/6/15 at 7:50am
We are VERY blessed as to how well Lil' Chris is doing and has never been hospitalized. Please pray with us that he will continue to do well and stay as healthy as possible.
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Hi! I'm a CF Mom (M) and my son is Lil' Chris. He is 7 years old. He was born with a fatal genetic lung disease called Cystic Fibrosis. This is where I keep a record of EVERYTHING(including lots of pictures and videos:) My sister(D) and I started this blog to not only keep a record of everything and keep family updated, but to interact with other CF families as well. That way we can all help each other out by sharing useful information:) I've learned soooo much already and so can you! Come along for the ride! I try to update whenever I can=)
This is a great spot to start out on our blog so you know our story...Start Here
PS. Lil' Chris has a lil' sister named Ayla(pronounced long A-luh)! She is 6 and does not have CF and isn't even a carrier.
11/12 Pseudomonas 1/13 Pseudomonas 2/20/13 NORMAL!!!! WOOHOO!!! 5/8/13 NORMAL!!! YEA!!! 1/8/14 NORMAL!!! OH YEAH!!! He cultured a couple diff things in 2014, but nothing to worry about.
9/12/09 Start Augmentin for 21 days for a cough from a cold.
3/9/10 Start Augmentin for 21 days for a bad cough from a cold.
5/3/10 Start Bactrim for 14 days for bad cough from a cold.
7/12/10 Start Augmentin for 14 days at 3ml 2x a day from a cold again.
9/15/10 Start Augmentn for 14 days at 3.5 ml 2x a day for a bad cough following a cold.
1/11/11 Augmentin for first ear infection
2/10/11 Started Bactrim for wet cough...no cold.
9/6/11 1st time on Omnicef for bad cough-from cold/allergies
1/30/12 Bactrim for 15 days 12.5 ml - weird cough after Disney
3/30/12 Started Azithromycin 5ml 1st day and then 2.5ml for next 4 days-wet cough after cold/allergies
9/17/12 Amoxicillin for Strep throat
10/24/12 Omnicef capsules once daily for 21 days for wet cough from cold. Also Flonase 2 sprays 2x daily**update**=did not finish either. Cultured PA, so stopped Omnicef to start Cipro and TOBI. Will do Flonase every other day.
11/5/12 Cultured Pseudomonas A, so started Cipro 250mg 2x a day for 21 days AND TOBI for 28 days(first time)
1/16/13 Cultured Pseudomonas again, so started Cipro and TOBI for 28 days again. (no cough)
12/29/13 Bactrim for wet cough, possibly from allergies. 14 days 3tsp 2x a day.
NONE IN 2014 YEA!!!!
Lil' Chris' Cold/Cough List
9/7/09 Runny nose for 2 days, then a cough. 10/21/09 Runny nose, only coughed when doing Vest. Up practically all night the last 2 nights. 12/28/09 Started a really weird sounding cough, no runny nose. Woke up kinda wheezing the next morning and hard to breathe. Cough lasted about 5 days and then went away with no antibiotics thankfully. 2/27/10 Started a runny nose and has had a dry cough for about 2 weeks. 3/2/10 Started wet cough and nose really plugged up and having drainage. 5/3/10 Cold and cough. 7/8/10 Cold after vaca, then turned into bad cough. 9/6/10 Stuffy nose/drainage=cold;( 9/10/10 Cough started, turned into a wet cough on 9/11 2/10/11 Has had a cough for about 2 weeks turned into a wet cough. No cold, but got headaches above right eye. 4/14/11 He caught Ayla's cold after a mini vaca w/o Vitamin D 6/6/11 Woke up with weird sounding cough which turned into a wet cough. 8/2/11 Cold & dry cough after 2 days of VBS and Church 8/5/11 Cold gone, but has wet cough now 9/6/11 Cold/Allergies turned into wet cough. 1/24/12 Weird barking cough turned into wet cough at Disney 3/21/12 Wet cough from cold/allergies-80 degrees in March 10/17/12 Started wet cough from cold. 3/7/13 Cold, no cough 5/8/13 Tiny productive cough, but we think b/c of allergies. was given Claritin and cough stopped, but still stuffy nose in AM. 6/29/13 Tiny productive cough, maybe allergies. Did excessive treatments and it went away without antibiotics:) 8/30/13 Cold, but no bad cough:) 12/20/13 Productive Cough and stuffy nose(got new Vest machine with cough pause option). May be allergies??? Crazy weather lately...60's, then 20's, etc. 12/29/13 We cough continued, so started Bactrim 2014 No major coughs, just few days after colds.
Fever on July 24th 2009-after being on Augmentin for 3 days for a cough. Fever on Sept. 14th 2009-after being on Augmentin for 3 days for a cough. Fever on May 31st 2011-after throwing up off and on, but not from soy protein??? 9/17/12 fever from Strep throat 100.2 2014-2015 Winter: 3 24 hour bugs, fever and throwing up