"My God is so big, so strong, and so mighty, there's nothing my God cannot do." We've been singing that song in Kids Worship the last few weeks, and I'm ready to shout it today! After worrying myself sick the last few days over Harper's impending surgery, God showed His might once again today.
We traveled up to Durham last night and stayed in a hotel near the hospital so that Harper could sleep a little later this morning, although we did have to wake her in the wee hours of the morning to take her meds so many hours before her procedure. She handled the morning like a champ, not once complaining about missing breakfast, and we made it the hospital right on time.
The first stop was in radiology for a CT scan of her head, which proved to be the biggest challenge of the day. Harper was a bit overwhelmed by the technicians with their scrubs and the big machine, and she melted shortly after we entered the room. It took a little longer than anticipated, but with the help of a very patient technician and a stuffed bunny rabbit they were able to get the pictures they needed.
From there we went straight to the neurosurgeon, who gave us the good news that her bones looked just fine and there was no sign of infection in them. No one is really sure where this suture came from- she does have stitching on a bone flap in her skull, but this is a different type of stitch in a different location, so who knows? He then informed us that in his 25+ years of operating he had never seen anything like this- it's not every day a four year old suture just suddenly pops through the scalp. But, Harper has never done things in a typical fashion!
He decided to take a chance at something to avoid the operating room. They covered the area with numbing cream for 45 minutes, then said they would take just one shot at snipping the stitch and pulling it out… so I curled up with Harp on the table, snuggled her up close, and it worked!
They were able to get the majority of the stitch out, but there is still a small piece in there. It could be cut out, but he said that for now it isn't worth the risk of surgery. So, we are hoping that it will work it's way out of the skin on its own, like a splinter, and we will keep an eye on the area for signs of infection. He said he cannot guarantee that she won't have to have it cut out down the road, but he's hopeful that it won't come to that.
I could write a book of all the answered prayers we have had with this kid… it is truly amazing how many times she has defied the odds or avoided surgeries or procedures or done exactly what no one expected. God has proven Himself time and time again, and I really should know by now not to worry! But in spite of my doubting, He still answers our prayers, still works His wonders, still remains in control… through it all, He is faithful, He is mighty, and He is good.