"I am humbled and blessed to be a part of this miracle. I would do it all over in a heartbeat after seeing her (Nicole) yesterday. God is so good...."
Keep in mind, this is coming from a lady that just had a hole gashed in her side and had spent a few days in total misery and discomfort. As she watched Nicole play and bounce around this morning in our room you could just tell that what she said was the truth. She would endure all of this again for Nicole....and she says that she was humbled. I would like to say that I am humbled as well. Here is a picture taken in Nicole's room this morning. I can see Wendy being in Nicole's life for a very long time.
Nicole has had a lot of visitors since we have been up here. I started to list them but there have been so many I am certain I will forget someone so I am going to forego that temptation :). But here is a great picture of 3 of her primary teachers this year at Mansfield Christian as well Cy Smith, the superintendent at MCS. Please know that Nicole, Titia, and I are all thankful for those that have visited, called, prayed, posted FaceBook messages, and sent texts to provide encouragement at this critical time. It has meant so much to us.
Where do we go from here? Well, the docs have said that they see no reason why Nicole can't go home on Monday. I am no doctor, but from watching her bounce off the walls today I would have to agree. I am afraid she is going to take laps around the floor tomorrow. Keeping this girl down with SID rockin' in her is going to be a difficult task. The last thing Stu Killian said after seeing her this morning was..."good luck". He could see that this little girl with a fully functioning body is going to be a dynamo of energy. That is a great problem to have!!!
The last thing the staff here is working on is the balance of her anti-rejection meds. It truly is a trial and error type thing. They start out with doses of medicine and then adjust them up and down to try and reach known ranges where kidney rejection is avoided and her body can still function. We have found the staff here at Rainbow Babies and Children to be totally incredible. The docs, surgeons, nephrology team, nurses, and everyone behind the scenes to be competent, friendly, professional, and encouraging of parental input. I could not have imagined a better experience. A couple of the docs don't possess the best bed-side manners, but that can be overlooked by their competence in their field of expertise. We are thankful to all of them.
Finally, a little lesson in being selfless. Jesus stated in John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
Wendy Killian has lived out this principle for Nicole. No, Wendy did not die in the process of giving Nicole a kidney to help her live. She could have. Titia and I are well aware of that risk and I am certain that both Stu and Wendy were aware of that risk as well. It does happen. However, I do not doubt that the love of God working in this woman would have permitted her the grace to do so if that is what Nicole needed to live. I totally believe that to be true. Look at what she said above....she was humbled to play a part in this miracle. The true miracle of this transplant so far has not been an improvement in kidney function but a demonstration of the radical love of God. What reaches has God made to demonstrate his love for us, his children. Creation, life, breath, Himself, His Son, the death of His Son, and the everyday miracles that we take for granted. We are called to demonstrate this radical love in our own life with the ultimate sacrifice being to lay day our lives for our friends. If I would have seen nothing else in my life other than this transplant from a humble teacher to my daughter then I would have seen enough to know what true love is. Thank you does not seem sufficient.
For His Glory,