Time Machine - Aria MacDonald

Time Machine

Today we got into a time machine.

We went back to Starship for the first time in 2.5 years.  It was really hard.

We went because Sylvie was being tested for the same disease Aria had.

We don’t think she has it (neither do the Docs really) but if she does it is a minor form of Hirschsprungs.

I can’t figure out how a place that was essentially a second home to us now feels empty and hollow.

We are no longer ‘part of the furniture’ at Starship like we were.

Starship was one of Aria’s favourite places.  She could be quite unwell in the back of the car with a central line infection but when we drove up the hill and she saw the hospital she would always say “Yay Star!”

We had the same pram/pushchair/stroller that she spent many hours sitting in as we pushed her around the halls of Starship/Auckland Hospital, much like we did at UNMC.  Except it was a different little lady in that pram who will never know her big sister.  Tragic.

On the bright side we got to see some familiar faces which did our hearts good.  We miss our lovely medical teams in Auckland and Omaha too.

God brought this verse to mind as we drove home.  Aria’s disease is fully healed, not as we wanted in a worldly sense but fully and totally in a heavenly one.

Psalm 103:2-4

2 Praise the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,

37 Responses to “Time Machine”

  1. Nicole (@CasperNZ) says:

    Huge hugs, must be so hard going back there. Hopefully the tests will come back all clear.

  2. Rebecca Gunn says:

    Thinking of you guys. LOTS. xxx

  3. Jen says:

    Im praying with all my heart that Sylvie is ok
    please keep us informed

    my great nephew has it 🙁
    hes ok at the moment
    however Im praying for him too

  4. Natalie says:

    I hope all will be well with Sylvie – much peace and healing to you and Hamish Anita . . What a wee trouper Aria was -blessed that she be wonderfully happy with the God and Angels galore <3

  5. Joan Marshall says:

    Can’t believe it! Twice in one family seems so unfair but trust in the Lord – Sylvie will be OK.

  6. Coralie says:

    Thank you Anita for keeping in touch. Your family is in my thoughts often and I look forward to all your updates.

    Stay safe and strong.

    All my love to you, Hamish, Asher and lovely little Sylvie.

  7. Jacco and Carmen says:

    Thinking and praying for you all!

  8. Lisa Robertson says:

    Sorry you had a hard journey to make today….. but so lovely to get an update from Aria’s page in my email….. I know much was hard – but I do miss hearing about Aria’s good days and small & big achievements and seeing photos of those smiles she so bravely managed. She melted my heart your little blossom……As long as I live I will remember her.
    I hope the test results come back good, hope you don’t have to wait too long for results, and look forward to meeting little Sylvie one of these days and giving you a huge hug! (yep, even if it’s in the local supermarket!!! 🙂 xxx

  9. Maureen says:

    Best of wishes as you wait for test results. I can only imagine how hard it must be for you. Keep trusting God.

  10. fiona says:

    Wow- this news was a bit of a bombshell- but really praying that you get good results. Thank you for keeping us in the loop

  11. Jan P. says:

    Gosh it is just a wait and see but you guys will handle things in your usual great way. What special people you are love to all

  12. Peter Thies says:

    Thank you for the update. We check here often for news of you and your dear new Sylvie. Still praying for God’s continual comfort for your loss.

  13. Jo says:

    I was wondering if everything was ok as hadn’t heard anything in awhile. Now I know to keep praying for your little family. What a tough day, but a special day too. I hope your little one is ok.

  14. Cork and Carol says:

    How our hearts ache for you as you walk through the halls of Starship! Praying that among the sad and painful, there will be some good memories and that the testing on your precious second daughter will be favorable! Miss you all; miss Aria. Love sent your way from across the world.

  15. Sherry Boyle says:

    Praying for your family, and especially little Sylvie. You are strong and will get through this with courage and grace.

  16. Kay and Tom says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you await the results of the tests. So glad you updated the website. Thanks for keeping the other side of the world informed so we can better pray for you.

  17. Tiffany Keller says:

    I think Sylvie will be a trooper like her big sister. Sylvie may not know Aria here in this world, but one day they will meet in heaven. Praying that God will give the docs. the skills to find out what’s wrong with Sylvie, & that whatever it is, is very treatable! God Bless!

  18. Jessica Hilliard says:

    It is *very* hard for me to go back to the hospital where Eithene was treated (and where she died). I’m sorry that you had to be back there with your youngest, but hope that you found some healing a closure from seeing Aria’s drs and nurses. I too take great comfort from the knowledge that our daughter’s disease is healed, and she is now whole. (hugs).

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  20. lisa says:

    I always love getting a post from you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Aria was the most special little girl I have every known. She changed lives and will never be forgotten. I am praying your precious Sylvie comes back with good test results. Love to you all.

  21. Judy Palmer says:

    Thank you for your update so we know specifics to pray for. Blessings to you all especially little Sylvie. Judy.

  22. Cary Farrington says:

    Thank for the update. Will be praying.

  23. Lyaine says:

    Praying for little Sylvie.

  24. Cousins Kathleen & Anita says:

    How encouraging to remember that in all our experiences God’s love is CONSTANT, UNFAILING AND UNCONDITIONAL!

  25. Nigel Burrell says:

    Sylvie is covered by my prayers for health and happiness – best wishes and hugs sent her way from the East of England. Angel Aria watches over you all, this I am certain of.

    Nigel xxx

  26. Belinda (LF-Aus) says:

    Thank you for keeping us up-dated 🙂 I am always on the look out for your up-dates. Praying that miss Sylvie’s test results come back all good 🙂 ((((HUGS)))) <3

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