Friday, August 22, 2008

Prayer Request for Baby Ethan

My sister had her son on Tuesday, August 19. He is a healthy baby boy and is eating, burping, sleeping, tinkling and pooping just fine, you know, the things most 3 day old babies do, I guess.

I just got back home from a visit with him. He is adorable. He sucks down a bottle like he's just sure it's the last one he's ever going to get. It's a sight to see! Mother is sleeping over and gets up with him at night, cooking supper for Jenn and doing all the things doting grandmothers do for their daughters. She fixed a great supper tonight.

But this is not about that.
Ethan was born with a birth defect. I have a strong dislike for that phrase, but it is what it is. It's called coloboma, I believe. It's like his pupil is running down into the colored part of his eye. It's only in his left eye. The right eye is normal.
It looks something like this, only picture a baby with it...

Ethan's is almost exactly like that, only it's his left eye. I was looking at him tonight and you'd really have to know it's there to notice it. Jennifer and Nathan are handling it well. They are concerned, of course, but know that God will use this for His glory somehow someway. The doctor they saw in the hospital said worst case scenario, he'll have to wear glasses as a child and will have vision problems. Yay!!!! It could be much worse and we are grateful that it's not more serious. This is a hereditary defect and not something Jenn did that caused this. I was glad he assured her of that, because I knew it might be in the back of her mind...
Ethan goes to a pediatric opthamologist in 2 weeks and he's the best in the state. I saw him years ago when he treated me for a viral eye infection and my doctor had gone out of town - he referred me and this man met me before church on a Sunday morning to debris my eye! He's a fine Christian man, I do know that, and we have full confidence in him as a doctor. He is the best.
However, God is better than the best, and can heal any vision problems Ethan may suffer as a result of this. My prayer is that this will clear up before he even goes to the doctor. If God chooses not to allow that to happen, I pray He will direct Dr. M. in treating Ethan and that Ethan will have no major long term problems with his vision. Most of all, I praise God for the health of this precious baby boy and the gift of life He has blessed Jenn & Nathan with. Each little life is a miracle.
Please join me in praying that Ethan will be healed of this eye defect and that Dr. M. would be directed by God in treating him if God chooses not to heal Ethan. I know He can heal him, but sometimes His ways are not our ways and all that. We want God's will to be done for Ethan, nothing more, nothing less. Please entrust with me Ethan's welfare into the hands of the Great Physician if you will.
Thank you so much...


8 comments:

LAURIE said...

Laurie Ann:
I will add Ethan to our church prayer blog.

My oldest son David (he is 25 yrs old now) was born with congenital cataracts and it was noticed on day 2 at the hospital. For a few years nobody ever knew he had it, as it progressed we had to get medical attention for him. But to this day he is able to live a normal happy life with no handicaps even though the doctors called him "handicapped". God is able! -Blessings, Laurie

Earthmommy said...

Prayers coming for the little guy!

God Chaser said...

I join you in prayer and agreement. Father God bless ethan and may he have no problems with his eyes. Lord we know you can fix this, it is not too big for You. we ask for healing but God if you choose to dootherwise may you be glorified for we know this for Your glorification. In the Name of Jesus, which hold all power and authority we pray. Amen

Denise said...

I stand in prayer with you my friend for precious Ethan. May God have His way and will.

Tracy said...

Praying with you for sweet baby Ethan...

Andrew Clarke said...

I just prayed for Ethan. I prayed that as you say either he will be healed by God directly or the doctor will know exactly what to do. We know God uses all things to serve His purpose. Among our children, 3 had to wear glasses at some time, and three needed some podiatric treatment. They are still a blessing. It happens, and the way God acts in regard to it is a way He shows us His love. Easy for me to talk, I know. I'll remember to pray again for Ethan.

lori said...

Hey there girl!
First of all thank you for the SWEET award...
You too are a blessing to us "out here!"

Next....I will be praying for Ethan..My youngest who is 8 now...*deep sigh* was born with a lazy eye...the pediatric ophthalmologist became our friend early on...It's not something we've had corrected...it's not interfered with his vision...but I understand how anxious the eyes can make everyone...
I'll keep him in my prayers..and God's will be done....

NOW...I'm going to the well...for another dose!:)
peace,
lori

Dawn said...

Praying for Ethan <><