Friday, July 30, 2010


Lily had another renal ultrasound today. I walked out of that appointment, speechless, but tickled pink nonetheless. As the sonographer was looking at her kidney, I mentioned that they thought Lily had a pelvic kidney, in utero, but that a previous ultrasound (after she was born) had determined that there was no pelvic kidney, that Lily only had one kidney.

The sonographer said she'd give a look just to make sure. Sure enough, no kidney in the normal back area, but to my TOTAL surprise, she found that Lily has a pelvic kidney, fully functioning! I could not believe what I was seeing! Understand, Lily had an ultrasound when she was a few months old. There was no evidence of a second kidney. And now it's there! The sonographer said that she saw that Lily's known kidney was a normal size according to her age. That gave her reason to believe that another kidney was there. Otherwise, her kidney should have been bigger.

I know this sounds unbelievable. I still can't believe it. Some may chalk it up to misdiagnosis. It happens. I know what I believe. Praise God! But here's the rub: Lily's main problems included a VSD that is healing and giving the doctors a reason to believe that it will eventually heal itself and one kidney. Sure, there are other smaller issues, but do you see what I'm saying?! It is possible that these main problems will not even be there. If that's the case, and everything else remains status quo, our only other worry will be warding off sickness. Now, T-18 scares me. There is always that fear that some major organ shutdown or some other drastic thing could occur. We've got it good right now, but I'm always looking over my shoulder for that to change. Then I turn around and see this beautiful little girl, smiling and growing and being so precious, and I focus on today and what we've been given to be so, SO thankful for. It renders me speechless.

On a different note. . .please pray for Erika and her unborn little girl Hannah Joy. While an amnio recently revealed that Hannah does not have T 13, 18, or 21, there are some concerns, including a two-vessel cord and heart defects. Erika's blog is Please pray for this family as they deal with the uncertainty of what's ahead.


  1. God is SO good! Amazed, too, about the second kidney! :)

  2. Amazing news. Miracle isn't it? Vera was believed to have a duplex kidney and kidney cyst, then at 1yo, they weren't there and kidneys were normal. Unbelievable. know what you mean, things can change anytime but for now we'll just take the good news!

  3. PRAISE THE LORD! Lily is every day proof of His mercy and majesty. That is one overwhelming and amazing blessing. I'm so happy for you all Jill, and Lily Grace will always be in my prayers.

  4. Jill, that is simply amazing. I love you cuz, and the family. Pass out hugs for me.