Jennifer, who is amazing and yet another nurse that has signed on to be Pierce's permanent caretaker, just told me that the nurse practitioner, Pat (who is also amazing), said "I think we have miracle baby on our hands." Pierce's potassium level is down to 6. Yesterday at 6:30 a.m. it was 10. That was when the doctor called us in because they didn't think he was going to make it. In fact, they had never even seen a preemie with that much potassium in their blood before, let alone one whose heart had pumped with lethal levels of it for 48+ hours. They told us that Pierce's condition of not being able to regulate his cells was irreversible. Still alive around in the early afternoon, we were told "if he makes it, he will be the miracle baby of all miracle babies."
Well, he is healing and is making glorious progress. He seems to be regulating and reversing his potassium on his own as they have not been able to do any treatments for it because his blood-sugar was so low. I have sensed God saying to the medical staff, "You don't determine when hearts stop, I do." It doesn't matter how much potassium is in a person's heart, if God doesn't allow or call for the heart to stop, the heart won't stop. Jesus said, "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father" (Matthew 10:29). A bird doesn't die unless God allows for it to die. This is the kind of God we are seeing at work here in Pierce's life. He is in absolute control of everything. Yesterday, when they told us that it is hard for 23-week-olds to mature on the cellular level and that for Pierce, everything was breaking down on the cellular level, I remembered that "in Him (Jesus) all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17) and that "He upholds the universe by the word of his power." (Hebrew 1:3). Jesus is in control of and sustaining every aspect of creation, even the tiniest quarks. Christ has sustained Pierce on the cellular level and has defied medical diagnosis. Praise God! Everyone praise God! He is the only one that could do this.
Please continue to pray, there is a long road ahead. We are still in a crucial period. Today at 7:42 p.m., lord willing we will make it to the 5-day mark with Pierce. And then on Tuesday, lord willing we will make it to the 7-day mark, which will be an incredible milestone.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Nik, Lindsay, and Pierce