Thursday, October 7, 2010

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Dear friends,

Madeline is mostly doing good. It’s hard to assimilate all the news, if you look at it minute by minute there is a lot of good news and a lot of bad news and urgently needed prayers. It kinda looks like the DJIA. But if you average it out, it’s mostly slow progress and favorable news. Some days Madeline gains weight, and then other days she loses it all again.

The doctors are still trying to find the right combination of medication, feeds, diuretics, and additives in order to get her stable so she can grow more effectively. Please pray for Madeline, that she DOES grow and gets healthier with each passing day. Whenver I see her, she seems like such a normal child for her age, smiling, crying, pooping, and sleeping. She recognizes mom and dad well and has her favorite nurses.

God has been so good to us. When I think about what we’re going through, I praise God that we can still stand, that I still have a job, that things still get done around the house, and that my other 3 girls are still cared for. Thanks again to all who have shared this burden with us by serving us and praying for us. I still find it amazing how many things Lisa and I have not been able to get around to that have just been taken care of, we are so blessed.

Please continue to pray for Lisa and I, for strength and energy each and every day. Pray that we can lean on God to get us through this no matter what happens. Pray for Soundings, business is slow to pick up after the summer and it’s time to start paying more bills (yikes!), pray for an abundance of business to come our way.

On another note, just found out that Kate and Chris and baby Michael will be rejoining us soon here at Children’s. Michael needs another procedure related to his heart done. Call me sick but it will be nice to hang out with them again, although I am certain this is the last place on earth they want to be. Pray for Michael, that the procedure goes extremely well for him.

Shanker & Lisa

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