Tools - Aria MacDonald


Two new tools are on the table today.  Dialysis and the Oscillator.

These were two things we were really hoping to avoid in Aria’s care and mark a decline in her health.

Dialysis is starting today to help pull fluid off her little body and allow her lungs to expand and work better.  It will only be successful if her blood pressures stay stable.

Her vent is on the highest settings and her gases aren’t good.  So far she is managing ok but it is an hour by hour thing.  We really really really don’t want her on the oscillator.  Like really really.  It is horrible.  So we pray she can avoid it.

The team believe these are reasonable measures and we are still working and hopeful that her life can be saved.  God can bless these tools even though we don’t want to use them.

We aren’t done fighting!  Aria isn’t done fighting although the battle is getting harder for her.

James 5:13-15

13 Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven

The pastor and an elder from GRC in Omaha can to pray over and anoint Aria yesterday.  Such an amazing and blessed time of prayer as we begged God for her life.  We were so deeply grateful they came to pray and lend us their hearts and voices to seek our God.

Please keep praying for us!  Please storm the heavens and seek God’s intercession in Aria’s life.  He can totally heal her!

36 Responses to “Tools”

  1. Bracefield family says:

    Praying for you all at Redeemer church yesterday.
    May God grant you all strength and comfort at this challenging time.
    In Christ

  2. Joyce says:

    I have believed and seen these verses come to pass in my son’s life and I pray that this is also God’s will for Aria.Will continue to plea in her behalf.May he give you all comfort and peace tonight.

  3. Helma says:

    “Fighting”,praying,with and for you, love from the Sonnevelds

  4. Frances Millar says:

    Aria often comes to my mind, and I pray for her while I drive in the car. I know I have never met you, but I will continue to pray for your brave girl xo

  5. Martha says:

    I am thinking of you and praying. Take care.

  6. Anjela says:

    A mighty AMEN Anita to all your words a the end of your post – God is able to completely heal her – it’s all in the realm of possible, achievable, and totally desirable!! We’re praying!

  7. Susan Keam says:

    Thinking of and praying for you all. God is indeed mighty. You are so brave writing these words, Anita.

  8. Anne Wright says:

    🙁 as a mother of a little boy with HD my heart aches and breaks for you and your family! We hold Aria and each of you very close to our hearts and will continue to pray!

  9. jeannie overall says:

    yes we want and pray for a TOTAL healing for Aria, not a just a healing in this one thing or that other one thing-praise God for sending the pastor and elder to annoint Aria! May the Lord continue to hold you all in the palm of his healing hands

    God bless-love, Jeannie

  10. Ruth says:

    MacDonald’s, we are praying too!!

  11. Kiwi Hannah says:

    Jesus, please keep Aria’s blood pressure stable and allow the dialysis to work. All of us pray that she won’t need the oscillator. Please surround this whole family with your Holy Spirit. Amen

  12. chrissy Hallberg says:

    Tears flow for you today,as a mother you must be just wanting to pick Aria up and say”look I am her mum let me sort it”,BUT,we must WAIT on the LORD,so hard for you all but we will keep praying for dear little Aria to keep up the fight.!!!!!!:)

  13. Cousins Kathleen & Anita says:

    Reading this in Chile. Doesn’t matter where we are or you are. We meet together at the Throne and remember: God is still on the Throne!

  14. Sue says:

    praying here. Words just have no place. God knows

  15. Natalie and Cody says:

    aw sweeties am praying hard for you all — i am praying that Aria turns the corner of this and does not need the oscillator – much love and light to you at this time

  16. Samantha Sutherland says:

    Praying so hard for our precious Aria and for her mummy and daddy to find true strength and peace in their hearts too. I know you can all get through this! Where there is life there is always hope. Hugs xxxxxx

  17. Jan says:

    You dont know us, but we feel we know you. We are praying for you and for Aria. God Bless.

  18. lisa says:

    Oh Anita, my heart breaks for you. As someone else said, where there is life there is hope…we will continue to pray for Aria and hold you all dear in our hearts. You are all so special. May the tools help Aria survive even though you don’t want to use them. Love to you all.

  19. Tiffany Keller says:

    I know you will never stop fighting for Aria, & Aria is such a brave fighter for her life. Be rest assured that we (your friends & family) will never stop praying for Aria! She is a very special girl! God can, & He will heal Aria! God Bless!

  20. Sheryl says:

    Love to you all. Praying for you and your continued strength, and for precious Aria. xxx Sheryl

  21. Jan says:

    What a steep path to climb, keep on going, what a fighter she is stay close love to all.

  22. iliganoa says:

    Thank you Lord Jesus for healing Aria, amen.

  23. Nola Young says:

    So thankful for the pastoral support and care you are receiving. Much in prayer and you are always on our hearts. God is still good and knows the way and is with you every hard and painful step of this journey.

  24. Bland family says:

    We won’t give up the fight either. We will pray and pray. Please God. And please may the osciallator not be needed. I also pray that you, Anita and Hamish, may feel the love of your fellow believers around the world, and be strengthened by it. These are days too difficult for words. With our love, Kia Kaha. We fight a good fight, and we fight on for Aria. XXX

  25. Angie & Randy says:

    Hamish..angie here. I’ve been thinking of you a lot today. Happy Father’s Day. You are an amazing Dad. You lead your family even through the broken places. You play. You love your Anita. Just want you to know that we think you are a gift. We will NOT stop praying for you all.

  26. Bex & Jonno Robinson says:

    We have never met you but have followed Aria’s story. We just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you and sending our love. Aria is such a special little girl and we just pray for the strength she and you all need to get her through this xoxo

  27. sarah leslie says:

    praying for you at Waihola Church yesterday. May your really know God’s presence at this time.

  28. Liz Smith NZ says:

    My life is busy and stressful, but I always take time to remember and pray for you all every time your blog pops into my email. And although we have never met, my tears often flow for you – as they do now. Be strong. Keep smiling for Aria.

  29. Rua says:

    Thinking and Praying for you

  30. Lois Robertson says:

    My heart goes out for you, as it does with others from MNL church in Manurewa. May God give you the grace and strength to face each day; and to trust that He knows, and has your best interests at the centre of His heart. Psalm 62:5-6

  31. Judy Palmer says:

    Praying as always for Aria and you all. In Jesus’ name.
    Blessings, Judy.

  32. Anne & Colin Andrews says:

    Don’t be afraid of the dialysis….if it can get rid of the fluid and give our wee Aria better breathing space it has to be good. Yep where there is a fighting little spirit as Aria’s, and with the love of her wonderful parents, God must prevail. Kia Kaha and lots of kind thoughts.

  33. Jude Boldy says:

    Keeping you all in our constant thoughts and prayers. Love Jude, Dan and Bonnie

  34. Brian and Sandra says:

    With you ox

  35. lindsey says:

    Praying for Gods guidance and presence in and around you.
    Love, the Elsaessers

  36. Randy Mayfield says:

    Dear MacDonald’s,

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God grant you his mercy and peace in this difficult time. What a joy to know that Aria is now safe in her Savior’s arms and she is totally whole and healthy. I know that you long to see her again, and you will. For now, treasure the time that you had with Aria and use all that you have learned to help others. For now we see in a glass dimly, but then, we shall see face to face.

    Press on & God Bless,

    Randy Mayfield USA

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