Monday, October 18, 2010

Karis Update...

Last Sunday, Karis had a seizure-something I would not want any parent to ever have to watch happen to their child. While the seizure was happening I immediately called upon the name of Jesus and apparently (according to Brad) started praying the blood of Jesus over Karis REALLY loud. This a trait I get from my mom. I've actually have always laughed at her because in certain situations like the Northridge earthquake while my family was on the 17th floor of the Disneyland hotel or my 32nd hour of labor and 3rd hour of pushing, she very LOUDLY starts praying in the spirit. Apparently this is how I respond in such situations. And so, after an all day family trip to the ER and 4 or 5 follow-up appointments, 4 months shots, an EKG, and ECHO, and EEG this past week I am happy to report that Karis is doing great! To be honest, she was doing great within 5 minutes of actually having the seizure. I however was not. This week I must have heard 10 different times "welcome to parenthood". This is the part that no one tells you about. I never realized I was capable of being so scared in my life. I had a few uneasy nights of sleep following the ordeal. On top of everything my husband was going out of town. Brad rarely travels for work, but this was the one week in the past year he was going to be speaking at a conference in Ventura. Luckily my mom flew up from Camarillo so I wouldn't be alone. I think having her here was just what I needed. I actually ended up having a great time with my mom and she was able to be there for some of the appointments so I wouldn't have to brave them alone. I'm pretty tired of seeing my little one with wires all over her body.
   And so today Karis had an EEG-translation- I had to sleep deprive her since 7:00am so that she would be nice and tired for her test (they need her asleep for the test). It was an interesting morning keeping her awake considering her test wasn't until 12:30. I did everything I could think of- diaper change, bath, outfit change, diaper change, swing, tummy time, shop at Target (we love Target), diaper change, go outside and watch cats, outfit change, diaper change and finally get in the car to go to Kaiser. Within 3 minutes of being in the car she was out. I finally just let her sleep. I secretly wanted to hop in the back seat and join her. It's exhausting keeping a 4 1/2 month baby awake against her will! We got to Kaiser 20 minutes later. She was NOT happy about having to wake up. Luckily, and I honestly believe thanks to many of your prayers she slept like a champ throughout the entire EEG, even through the nurse attaching 23 prods to her cute little head. The EKG and ECHO came back perfect and we will know the results of the EEG in the next few days. The nurse did tell us today after the EEG "She has beautiful sleep!". Brad and I have felt so blessed by your prayers and encouragement this past week. We have felt completely loved by our family, friends, and church- what an awesome community for Karis to grow up in! We are trusting that God our little one in the palm of His hand!

A few verses I've been clinging to this week:

Isaiah 41:10
"Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

 Psalms 55:22
"Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall."

Isaiah 26:3
"You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast because He trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord is the Rock eternal"


  1. Wow. I can't believe you had to go through this. I really hope it was just a fluke! I can't imagine...

  2. Love your writings! I was laughing to myself in the beginning where you prayed out loud in the name of Jesus! I can ONLY picture myself doing that! haha so funny. I too get it from my mom ;) So happy karis' reports are positive so far. Praying for the wonderful Boek fam!

  3. Oh man, that sounds so scary!!! I'm so glad that all the tests are over with and that Karis is feeling fine. There is nothing worse than seeing your child in pain.

    Prayers are still coming!!!


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