Monday, October 19, 2009

Week 22 Update

Summer finally had the opportunity to talk with her OB today. God is so good in providing such a caring OB who took the time, ignoring her pager, to spend as much time as Summer needed over the phone.

Here are the updates and prayer requests. It is good for me to start with praises:

1.We are able to deliver at the hospital we desire: Good Shepherd Hospital

2.The placenta has a higher chance of moving than we originally thought, if it moves, then this would enable Summer to have a less risky natural delivery rather than C-section.

3.The OB told Summer that she is a Christian and has clearly shown empathy and sorrow toward Summer. In other words, to the OB Summer is not just another patient with complications – but a real, hurting person.

4.With Placenta Previa, there is always a risk for rupture, but the OB did not seemed too concerned with it and that Summer could continue with most of what life demanded from her, including lifting the kids (when no one else was there to help) and working out on the elliptical (if you know Summer – you know that exercise is a key ingredient for her physical and mental health).

5.After x-rays we discovered that Ellie does not have a broken wrist from an accident involving a chair last night.

1.God’s hand of protection on Summer.

2.A miracle of healing for the baby, if He so wills it.

3.For the placenta to move.

4.For all we come into contact with in the medical profession to see our faith lived out in action.

5.For Caden, our oldest, as he deals with the grief. For us as parents to help him channel it in better ways.

6.For Ellie, as she recovers from a sprained or strained wrist.

Other news from the doctor:
We will have an ultrasound at 28 weeks (week of Nov. 23) to check on baby and placenta and determine the next step from there. Again an ultrasound at around 32 weeks (week of Dec. 21) and then the final one before a hopeful, natural delivery at around 36 weeks (week of January 18).

God has provided a Christian ministry called The Haven Network, a perinatal hospice, to walk with us through this trial. We praise God for His providence of such care for us.

Your words of encouragement and prayers have meant so much to us. Our church (both local and worldwide) is and has been so wonderful and a blessing. We don’t know what we would do without the prayers, encouragement and acts of service of the saints.

I end with this verse that a friend recently shared with me:

"The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in His way, when he falls he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the one who holds his hand." Psalm 37:23,24


  1. Rick and Summer, I pray for you every day. I love you guys! Thank you for this update. --Dianne

  2. always, always, always praying for you. Love to you, Rick & Summer!