You must know - Aria MacDonald

You must know

This is the second post today.  In case you missed the first long rambling one click HERE.

There was an air of disappointment amongst everyone this morning.  Aria had not made the same improvements overnight and in fact she has slipped back a bit.  Worst though the sensitivities for the Pseudomonas had come back.  Thankfully we still have an ABX group to use but they are harsh on the kidneys which are already struggling.  There was also serious talk of her going on the oscillator this afternoon.  Her vent setting are very very high and actually going on the oscillator wouldn’t be a bad thing.  But it is just not nice and it a serious sign of a patients condition in my mind.

Rounds were ok.  It was hard actually because everyone was talking bad news and I just stood there and absorbed it all.  I have learnt now with certain people you just say yes yes and don’t ask questions and don’t speak unless spoken too.  Particularly when you are getting bad news cause if I speak I could cry and I am NOT crying in front on hospital staff (well only the chosen few).  You know when surgeons hold your eye contact for ages they are trying to read your face to see if you are ok but I just battled on.

ANYWAY.  This afternoon Aria’s o2 stats were dropping to 94/95.  Not good.  Her min volume on the vent was 2.8- not good.  Her gases were not good.  Oh dear- oscillator it is.  They disconnected her from the vent and bag suctioned her and got a bunch of yuck out of her lungs and she improved a bit.  But if the next gas was still bad the ICU doc was on his way in to start the oscillator.  Bummer.

So Hamish and I went outside into the hot and humidity and talked and prayed.  Serious prayer.  Please avoid the oscillator (and dialysis- that is still on the table) for Aria but YOUR WILL BE DONE.  Give us strength to cope.

What do you know- we got back to an improved gas result O2 of 99 and Min vol of 3.9!  Wow and that trend continued to when we left the min vol was 4.1!  Just rang at 8pm and they are thinking of going down on her vent settings!

You must know that prayer works- God listens.  He is still here, hearing us and loving Aria.

36 Responses to “You must know”

  1. Leanne says:

    Wow that is so good. She is such an amazing little girl, one minutes it is really bad and then she just bounces back slightly but that is good. There are going to be a few steps forward and then a heap back but remember every little bit helps. She is sooooo stong with what she has already gone thru and she is one determined little girl. She is going to show everyone that life is good.

  2. Rebecca Gunn says:

    Go wee Aria. I think of you all, all the time.

    Lots of love and healing coming your way.


  3. Taryn says:

    Praise God for improvement! May there be more! May He multiply those little loaves and fish of improving gas results. I am so blessed by yours and Hamish’s faith, Anita. I will pray for continued improvement for Aria, and continued strength for you and Hamish.

  4. mandli says:

    Thanks for the update Anita, I’ve been thinking of wee Aria all day.

  5. Lisa Raymond says:

    I work all day with special needs kids and couldn’t get Aria out of my mind today – Aria be strong and fight little girl – God is looking after you.

  6. Lori says:

    THANK YOU GOD!!!!! YOU are good. YOU are gracious. And YOU are in control! Please continue to give this sweet family abundant amounts of strength and peace. And we PLEAD with You for healing (this side of heaven) for little Aria!!!!

  7. steph and brad says:

    Amen. Praying praying praying. So thankful for improvement in Aria and for your beautiful testimony. Praying for peace as you lean into Him.

  8. Samantha Sutherland says:

    Yay for prayers and faith! You guys are amazing, will support you all the way! You go Aria, keep fighting. Hugs to you both.

  9. Bronwyn says:

    You are on one heck of a rollercoaster ride for sure, you guys – and you are doing so well… Of course you will have your moments of watching, and not wanting to talk to the staff or let them see you feeling like you can’t cope…and – being ‘the workers’ they will sometimes forget that everything they say and do is being watched and absorbed by you – making you indeed feel like you won’t want to hear anymore, I am sure! I saw you on “Attitude” yesterday morning and I was so touched by your strength of character, you growing faith and your determination to hold together for Asher also. To keep things normal for him… and you are doing that so well too, from what I saw. What you are enduring is something noone should have to.. and seeing how much your little girl is putting up with (on camera) was a real tear jerker for me too…however, these people are there for you and working to keep Aria alive and make her better – so I am sure you also truly appreciate that and know that God is using them to heal her. It was lovely to see you have a friend there who has been through it with her little girl – someone to look at, and marvel at – and believe with many that one day Aria will be as well as she is…sending you love and prayers xo

  10. Sue (dodgums) says:

    Oh that is WONDERFUL news. good on you God. Hag in there guys hold on tight. Your doing great. good to hear the realness as well

  11. Kathleen and Anita says:

    Hi there Hamish and Anita! Keep strong in the strength He gives. Yours will have run out a long time ago, but His strength will always be up to whatever comes your way.

  12. Amanda says:

    There definitely is power in prayer and I will continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. It was SO great running into you this afternoon! (an answer to prayer, perhaps?! 😉 ) It was very nice to have time for a little faith sharing conversation 🙂 After reading this, I realized that we didn’t actually talk about Aria much, but it is great to read that she is doing better this evening. Hope to talk to you/run into you again soon. 🙂 Take care.

  13. Hannah says:

    Hi – a kiwi Mum here who saw Attitude yesterday and has followed your story a little through the media. What a day you’ve had today. Thanks God for the good news tonight. Holding you guys close in thought and prayer. Bless you all heaps as you sleep xx

  14. Marilyn says:

    So happy to hear your prayers have been answered today. Keep strong-you are amazing parents and Aria is a very brave little girl who so deserves a chance at a healthy and happy life.

  15. Rod & Margaret says:

    Hi Anita & Hamish – we are praying for Aria and your little family. We know the wonderful power of prayer. Our God is SO faithful and He is in total control. We will continue to pray for improvement for Aria and the sustaining power of the Lord to surround you. xx

  16. jeannie overall says:

    Your faith amazes me! And it amazes our Heavenly Father! He must love the communion he has with you guys every day and night! I wonder how many people are praying for you all during this journey! It must look so wonderful to the Lord when he looks down upon us all with our voices going up to him! A birds eye view!

    Wonderful, wonderful Father, we hold Aria, Asher, Anita and Hamish up to you in prayer day in and day out!

  17. jen says:

    Praise the Lord
    continuing to pray for you all especially Aria

  18. Belinda (liverfamilies - Aus) says:

    God is indeed good Anita 🙂
    I’m always thinking of and praying for your sweet Aria.

  19. Natalie and Cody says:

    Lots of strength to you guys am praying hard for Aria – much strength love and light to you guys

  20. Fiona says:

    Yes a roller coaster it is….. don’t be afraid to sh
    ow your emotion it cannot be hidden and comes out when you least expect it. Being strong is letting it all hang out when it needs to.

    Go well and take time out for you both.

  21. nyle says:

    Always thinking of you all….I am really pleased your day has ended on some positives. Yes, God is great. Thank you for your honesty and for letting us be apart of your days…we can only but share from afar but we stand strong for you all.

  22. Julie says:

    Wow great news!

  23. Geraldine says:

    I watched your story on Attitude yesterday and my heart just ached for what you must be going through with your darling little girl. But what an amazing, strong family you are. You will be in my prayers.

  24. Judy Palmer says:

    Praise God for answering prayers and improving Aria’s stats. He really is a great God and is holding her in His healing hand. Praying for continued improvement and strength for you all.
    Yours in Christ, Judy.

  25. Jan says:

    Can’t find words to express all that’s on my heart after seeing you on Attitude again. So I’m just going to mop up all my tears, thank God for all He is doing, and send you all much love and a big {{{{hug}}}}

  26. Leeann says:

    I don’t know you all personally and in a lot of ways feel like an imposter, sort of listening in on your ongoing unimaginable journey. But I can only admire and be amazed by the way you have faced the most difficult decisions and situations that any parent can be asked to with dignity, courage and honesty. How incredibly difficult it all must be. I am a former paediatric nurse, so understand a bit about the medical side of things. Needless to say, my love and thoughts go out to you all, and your precious wee girl. Much love x

  27. Michelle & Dan says:

    Far out, you guys are seriously troopers. We have such respect for you and the way you cope with ‘the cup’ that God has given you. We love you so much and pray for you all every day. Toby and Noah do too, they love Aria and pray for her often. So great to see how He answers prayer. Thanks for keeping us in the loop with all your posts.

  28. Renee says:

    Praise the Lord! For miracles around every corner!!
    I stumbled upon Aria’s website when I was pregnant with my first boy around 3 years ago… Haven’t been following your progress until a couple of weeks ago when had a random thought of Aria (a beautiful name one doesn’t forget easily 🙂 So I found your website again and have been following your posts daily. I must tell you your faith is so inspiring! You’re a family of such tremendous strength and courage. Our God is a truly awesome God, I want to thank you so much for reminding us that he is God and in control no matter what our situation. Thank you so much for sharing about all your ups and downs, all your words are faith-building words. My little boys and I will continue to pray for Aria daily. Much love, hugs to all.

  29. Lisa Robertson says:

    You guys are incredibly strong, I know there ain’t nothing we wouldn’t do for our children, but still, you never fail to amaze me and inspire me. But I do wish it weren’t such a hard fight for you guys and things were going a little smoother for your gorgeous daughter. Sounds like a rough day. Lots of love to you all, keep you firmly in my thoughts. Lis xxx

  30. Aunty Megan says:

    Praising the Lord for answered prayers today! Giving thanks for all little improvements. Aria you are so strong, and brave and a real fighter and I love that about you! Keep it up! You guys are amazing and your faith so strong. Keep clinging to HIM! Love you guys and miss you lots

  31. Michelle says:

    I’ve been following for weeks now – go Aria go! She is truly a blessing, and I am humbled reading the journey that Aria and you (her family) are travelling. Yes, God is good – a hard journey to read, a harder journey to travel, but Aria is a story of hope, and love.

    Go, Aria, go! 🙂 Praying for her, and for all the children like her.

  32. Jaime says:

    you guys never cease to amaze me. i hope arias vent settings go down an soon she wont need it, i bet it has been wonderful to have your sister there alex. i really hope arias recovery is smooth and there arent going to be too many bumps in the road. Love always

  33. joyce says:

    Continuing to pray for Aria and you both and the medical team.

  34. Tiffany Keller says:

    I hope Aria improves, so she doesn’t have to have dialasis (sp?)! I’m happy that your prayers were answered! God Bless!

  35. Colin says:

    Lots of Kiwis joining hands and hearts to wish you all well.

    Keep shining my friend you are touching a lot of dear souls.


  36. Sharon Lundberg says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your journey, will keep praying for healing for Aria and strength for you all. We have an amazing God and this is all part of his plan for all of us. I feel so lucky to be sharing this with you.. Keep ya chins up..
    All our love and support from New Zealand.

    God Bless you all..

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