Lourdes is responding well to the antibiotics. She tested positive for e.coli bacteria. It is uncertain whether she picked this up at delivery. Regardless, we are so very grateful it was discovered before we went home and for the complete diligence of the NICU nurses and doctors. They are all just phenomenal. I could write forever how wonderfully kind and caring her entire team is. God bless these wonderful physicians and nurses.
The blood culture came back negative on Saturday which means they start counting the days on antibiotics from that point. We will be here fourteen more days from this past Saturday if nothing else comes up. The surgeon wished us a very boring next fourteen days and we couldn't have agreed more.
The doctor came in today to confirm the follow-up abdominal ultrasound tomorrow morning. The last one was performed at 4:00 AM so I assume this is the routine time. We are asking the intercession of all the saints and angels to make this scan completely clear of anything. Please remove any previous discoveries and make her kidney clear. In particular, we are praying to St. Gianna Molla, Bl. Matt Talbot, Fr. Emil Kapaun, St. Joseph, Titus Brandsma, St.Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Megan Boever, Nick Niewald, St. John Paul the Great, St. Faustina, and our patron saints to remove the mass from her kidneys. We have called the Pink Sisters, Carmelites of Jesus Mary and Joseph, Carmlites in New York, and the monks of Clear Creek Monastery.
Thank you for offering any prayers, sacrifices, and for notifying anybody to pray for clear scans. If you are aware of any religious orders, thank you for asking them to pray or to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
As with any upcoming health concern, you waiver from moments of complete faith and trust to shaking at the possiblities of the unknown. You know God has a plan. Your head knows this, but often your heart speaks a different language especially when looking into the face of your beautiful child. I was in a tizzy the other night and my mother simply emailed me these beautiful words,
"Peace Lindsay. God's Peace. God is holding her in the palm of His hand."
Yes, this I know. If you feel so called, we will be praying nine rosaries between now and her scan. Also, we will be praying Mother Teresa's Favorite Memorare Novena tonight and tomorrow morning.
Mother Teresa's Novena
An Express Novena is 9 Memorares in a row.
In 1983, one of our Superior sisters had gotten sick in Eastern Berlin, and Mother Teresa had to appoint a replacement that could handle the Communist government. The sister that they appointed as the successor forEastern Berlin needed a Visa. Mother Teresa gathered her nuns and started praying the Express Novena (9 Memorare’s).
On the 8th Memorare, the phone rang, it was a Communist official stating that it would be 6 months until they would receive the Visa.
After the 9th prayer, Mother Teresa started the novena again.
On the 8th Memorare the second time, the telephone rang this time, it was a Communist official who stated you will have your Visa immediately!"
Mother Teresa had great courage and once stated that "I never refused God anything".
What you do,
is make the sign of the cross,
then state your intentions
then (sincerely) pray the Memorare prayer
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me.
REPEAT NINE TIMES while stating your intentions.
May God reward your generosity to our family. We will forever be indebted to you for praying and sacrificing for our daughter. Please know that I pray for each of you in thanksgiving and also for any intentions that are on your heart.