A Little Setback

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2

When the doctors sent Haddie Joy home from the hospital, she wasn’t on the feeding tube anymore because she seemed to be really nursing like a champ. Alas, by Monday she was struggling again: very uncomfortable and not wanting to eat. They took Haddie into her local pediatrician and he said that they needed to return to the feeding tube again.

Sigh. . . They had hoped that the aortopexy would make a major improvement in her eating so this was a big disappointment, and honestly, it’s just hard to see her not gaining weight, acting uncomfortable, and refusing to eat.

So Haddie is back to using her friend the feeding tube, but even that has been a challenge. She pulled it out one night and they’ve also had to deal with a leak. I hear that Brooke’s dad made a trip to Nashville to get a piece to try and fix it. Keeping little Miss Haddie fed and cared for is a team project.

Peter has returned to work, and Brooke’s friend, Angel Engel, is coordinating people to stay at the house to help Brooke care for Haddie Joy and the rest of the family. If you’d like to help, you can contact Angel at yellowdaisy42215@yahoo.com or (270) 498-9433. It looks like they’re going to need help for quite some time.

Today things got even more complicated when Haddie started running a fever. It’s considered very serious because of her surgery and the fact that she had already been on antibiotics because of the surgery. The incision looks good, but they have to take her back to Nashville tomorrow (Friday) for the surgeon to take a look at things. We’re not sure what will happen there, but they might want to put her on IV antibiotics.

Please pray for Haddie and for all of the family. This is all new territory for them and although they are very blessed with many people praying and caring for them, it’s taking a toll on them physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Even Shaylea is battling a rough cold type thing. She’s been a trooper spending so much time with others and being off of their routine while Brooke & Peter have been at Vanderbilt with Haddie, but she is participating in a 4H Horse Club and really needs to be able to practice on Saturday in order to take part in an upcoming show. Would you pray that God will just heal her body and strengthen her so that she won’t have to miss out on her practice Saturday? As a mom, Brooke knows how much the horse stuff means to Shaylea and she’d really like for her to be there.

Brooke & Peter are just asking for God to have mercy on them. This all just seems like so much to bear. They know that God will not give them more than they can handle and they know that God works all things together for good for those who are called according to His purpose. They are so thankful for those words, for God’s promises, and His faithfulness. Just keep praying for them and lifting them before the throne of grace as it says in Hebrews 4:16.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16


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5 Responses to A Little Setback

  1. Tina says:

    Thinking of them tonite, praying…I can imagine how hard this must be, what a trial…thank you for the update.

  2. gayle rives says:

    Dearest Brooke,
    Am praying for: the Vandy team to be able to find and treat the cause of Haddie’s fever, that she’ll not loose weight while things get settled for her nourishment, for Shaylea to get well (and stay well) and, as always, for a rest time from the rollercoaster ride for you and Peter.
    In Christ’s love,

  3. Rachel H. says:

    We love you all! Praying, always praying for you. ❤

  4. Breck Collins says:

    My prayers continue to be with the family.

  5. Gail McKinney says:

    Father God, I come to you tonight interceding for this precious family who have shown so many what faith in you can do. God even tho this setback has come we claim you in charge and we give you all the glory for being in charge. Thank you Father for Haddie Joy and Lord if it’s Your will to heal her and help her to be able to eat without the discomfort and pain that it seems to cause. Lord I pray renewed strength for Brooke and Peter, and I pray healing for Shaylea so that she can ride tomorrow. God, bless this family like nothing no one has ever seen. I pray these things in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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