Ashley

Knit Together

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In 2013, we found that we were pregnant with our second child. We went in for our first ultrasound appointment. When we are in the appointment, they checked everything as far as all the internal organs, measurements of the baby, everything like that. She was looking at all the different organs, but then she kept stopping in one area. Of course on the screen, I don’t know what she’s looking at, because I’m, you know, not a tech or anything. But she kept kind of looking at one spot. She kind of paused for a long time. But she didn’t say anything during the appointment. As we were leaving, she said, “You know, I kind of have some concerns about his left kidney. It looks kind of dark.” Which to us, we didn’t really know what that meant. But she said, “Let’s do a follow-up in the next few weeks just to kind of watch his left kidney.” And so, came back a few weeks later, that time, both of his kidneys were looking pretty dark, but they would always kind of focus on one kidney at a time. And so it’s kind of like a potato shape. And so they would show me the length of the kidney. They were saying it’s measuring big. The reason it’s measuring big is because you could see these pockets in his kidney. They’re basically like these black dark spots, which they described as air pockets, cysts that are making his kidneys basically, if you picture a sponge. The more holes the sponge has in it, the bigger, it’s going to kind of expand. And so they had referred us to a kidney specialist, a pediatric kidney specialist here in New Mexico. So every time I go for the ultrasound, they would send those ultrasound results to him. He said, without a doubt, our son has Polycystic Kidney Disease on both of his kidneys.

If a child has polycystic kidney disease in one kidney, that still, you know, a hard road, but he could still manage because you can function on one kidney, but he had it in both. And so with two, and he had the cysts completely over his entire kidneys. So a kidney specialist was saying his kidneys are not going to function because there’s so many cysts on these, like when he’s born, he’d either one, not going to make it, which, you know, we’re hoping that that’s not going to happen, or two, he’s going to immediately have to be on dialysis, which is basically a machine that would function his kidneys for him. So you’d have to be on that immediately. Because when they’re that tiny, he can’t have any sort of kidney transplant. Whereas, if he found out later in life, like if it was a 10-year-old boy and his kidney stopped functioning for some reason, we could give him one of our kidneys, and he can function with that. But at that size, you know, the kidneys are so tiny that there’s no, nobody, or you know, there’s no infants that are going to give you a good kidney because those babies need their kidneys at the same time because they’re so tiny. And so yeah. So it was a really scary thing to not know what was going to happen when he was born.

We started having prayer chains. My mother-in-law, had her whole church praying, and people here were praying from our church for August, that he’d be healed. And at that time, my husband and I were kind of thinking about what we wanted to name August. We are really big on choosing names that have meaning. So we chose the name August because August means magnificent. And then his middle name is Jayce, which means healer. We’re believing that our Magnificent Healer would heal him. Going to the ultrasound each week, I was always believing, Oh yeah, maybe this week is going to be the week they’re not going to be there. They’re not going to be there. And sure, sure enough, every week, they were there and they were getting bigger, you know, they were still growing and everything. Whenever it came down to having August, we scheduled it on a particular date that the kidney specialist was in the hospital because they wanted him to be available. So that right when he’s born, we can, if needed, immediately put him on dialysis. The kidney doctor was there when August was born. And obviously my, you know, my regular ob and everything. He was born and he was 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches, which we believe that’s even a miracle in itself because it’s divisible of 7,7,7, which is the number of completion. As soon as he was born, he immediately peed on the doctor. And we just started laughing because it was just amazing to see that. One, it was, it was funny, but two, it was just incredible to be like yeah, he’s peeing. Like something is working, because they were concerned that he wouldn’t be able to pee on his own. He got to stay with us in the room for probably about 20-30 minutes, just to kind of give him some one-on-one time with mom. And so I could feed him and everything and then they took him to the NICU to check him out, to give him ultrasound and to check the vitals and everything.

He sat me down. he said, “You know, I’m not a believing man. But,” he said, “I can’t explain why the cysts were there three days ago and why they’re not there now.”

They took him down to the NICU and he had to stay there for a few days. While he was there, they gave him an ultrasound. As she was giving the ultrasound, she was looking on the screen and it was looking at the same thing we’ve been looking at, since he was in my stomach. It obviously, it looked a little different because they’re doing an ultrasound directly on him rather than through me seeing him. She was looking at him and she said, “What is…so what are we looking for? Like what are we looking at?” I was like, “Well, we’re, you know, checking his kidneys because he has polycystic kidney disease.” She said, “I don’t know what I’m looking at because I don’t see anything. I don’t see anything on his kidneys at all.” I was looking at her “Are you sure? Like you know, I’ve seen them this whole time.” And she goes, “No, there’s nothing there.” Which was amazing in itself. So I immediately went and told Shawn because he was sleeping in the room. And we just were crying and just so thankful that God had done this. So the next day, I go back down there to meet with Dr. Miller, the kidney specialist. He’s the one who had we had a meeting with all these months, about what August was diagnosed with. He sat me down. And he said, “You know,” he’s like, “I’m not a believing man. I don’t know if I necessarily believe in God. But,” he said, “I can’t explain why the cysts were there three days ago when we were meeting and why they’re not there now.” And basically, he didn’t, attribute it to a miracle because like I said, he didn’t see himself as a believer, but he’s like, “I can’t explain this, but this is really amazing. Because it was definitely there and it’s not there now and I have the proof of it on all these ultrasounds we have seen.”

So, to this day, we go once a year to see Dr. Miller just to do follow up with him. And he wants to see him every year until he’s about ten. We have to get an ultrasound at the hospital. And if they send the results to the kidney specialist. There’s this one ultrasound tech who I’ve seen you know, maybe not every year, but we’ve seen her probably two or three times, and every time I see her she’s always like, “Well, why? Why are you here?” And I’m like, well, because obviously she doesn’t remember, cuz she sees so many patients, but I always tell her the story. Like when he was in utero he had polycystic kidney disease. And when he born, it was gone. And he was he was healed. And it’s a miracle. And she always tries to kind of explain it like well, maybe, you know, maybe they were seeing, I don’t know, tried to kind of explain it medically. And I’m like, “Well, It was there, the kidney specialist who this is all he does. Like he’s a pediatric kidney specialist. He doesn’t focus on anything else other than kids’ kidneys. He knew what he was looking at and he was the one who told me. It wasn’t just some a random ultrasound tech or something telling me. It was the number one kidney specialist here in in Albuquerque telling us these things. S o every time I meet with her, she’s always like, “Oh, okay.” You know, she almost like she doesn’t believe, like she doesn’t really understand why I’m there every year with August. You feel kind of like well, they may not believe but I know, I know what God did and I know, what I saw with my own eyes. And, you know, they have all the reports and all the pictures of the kidneys, in utero and everything. The proof is definitely there.

It’s just really amazing. God has his hand upon August, regardless if he needs to go on dialysis, or he doesn’t make it, and that’s a scary thing to think. But I just kept believing like, no, God’s going to heal him. I couldn’t think of anything other than that, because that’s what gave me peace. It’s like, no, he’s gonna be okay. And it might even been, like I just had to believe it. Otherwise, I’d drive myself insane, thinking what could happen, but I hadn’t ever experienced anything miraculous like that up until that point. So, when it actually happened, it was like, Whoa, like this is, you know, this is real. God really did hear our prayers and came through, so it was it was truly amazing. We were so thankful for all that God did.

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