Sunday, June 28, 2009

More Developments

We are thankful for the progress so far for Deena and Alayna. The steps are so small at first that it can be discouraging. Deena had a good night but the doctors still think that she needs more blood. This hard for us but, we do believe it is the right thing to do. After all -- "the life of the flesh is in the blood." (Leviticus 17:11) Her counts have been decreasing throughout the last two tests taken and there is still the issue of bleeding. The Doctors have no other feeling that there will be trouble they are just taking precautions.

Deena is having to be on pain medicine that really knocks her out and it is very disappointing to her. She is receiving her third unit of blood right now and we pray that after four units, she will need no other.

Alayna is progressing also. They are going to remove the breathing tube today ,Lord willing, and then we will see what happens.

The hardest part about all this is that Deena, the one who has gone through all of this, is the last one to see the baby. I know that in the grand scheme, this will seem insignificant, but, It is sure hard right now for her.

Pray that the blood will be sufficient for the counts to come up and then stay up.
Pray that Alyana will do well breathing on her own.
Pray that the Lord will be glorified in all that we do.

Already there has been one lady saved in the waiting room while Val and Mom were waiting to come see us.

Thank you again all who have prayed and helped. It really means so much during this time.



  1. Pastor Joel, if you could please tell Mrs. Royalty that I love her and am praying for her and Alayna, and the whole family. You all have been such an encouragement to me!!

  2. Can you let Deena know I am praying for you all! I know we don't know each other, but following your blog has been a blessing and encouragement to me! GOD IS FAITHFUL! Beth L.

  3. Thank you for posting this, Joel! Praise the Lord for the soul that was saved! I could have a shouting fit right about now. :D

    I just got back online from our move, and I've been wondering about her and praying all weekend. Now I know why! Praise the Lord that the baby is okay, and it is such a blessing to know how to pray more specifically for Deena. I love her so much. Please tell her for me. Congratulations to you both, and give Alayna a kiss for me. God bless you all!

  4. We are praying for you, Deena, and Alayna. I am so sorry that Deena is feeling so badly with the pain meds. It is a big deal not to get to see the baby. Did they have to remove anything from Deena due to the placenta previa? I was just wondering if that is the cause of the extra bleeding. Love Isaiah 43:2 in times like these, "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee..." I know these waters may not be as deep as some others have passed through, but they are your deep waters for now, and it is definitely a time to reach out. God is good all the time, and we will be lifting all of you up in prayer. Thanks for the update!