Pray for Sydney

I thought I had finished using this blog, but it seemed to be the best way to let everyone know how you can stand in faith with us and pray for Sydney and how to update you on her journey.

To get you up to speed, Sydney was born Nov. 6th at 41 weeks. She seemed completely normal for the first 12 or so hours but then started spitting up blood. The doctors sent her down to the NICU and x-rays showed that Sydney had air in her abdomen. She had emergency intestinal surgery and they discovered her sigmoid colon had ruptured because her meconium was very thick and backed up. The surgeons had to give her a colostomy bag and we were unsure of what caused all this to happen. 

However, this week tests came back and Sydney has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. It is a very serious condition and to find out more about it you can go to cff.org.  When we imagined adding a third to our family we hoped for a healthy full-term newborn with no complications. To have this diagnosis has been difficult for us but we know that there is a purpose in this situation. We have hope in our God who has been so good to us and who performed miracle after miracle in the lives of our twins. We are blessed by an incredible team of doctors and nurses, and are very encouraged by the medical advancements we are learning about for treatment of CF. Ultimately we know that the doctors do not have the last word, and trust that Sydney's future is in the hands of Jesus. So we are going to believe for another miracle, and would ask that you all join us in prayer. Here are the things we are specifically praying for:

  • There are mild and severe cases of CF and it is impossible to tell now what hers looks like. We are praying that she will have a very mild case with no symptoms and that she will have a very long life. Specifically pray that her lungs would be strong and healthy and that her pancreas would function normally.
  • Pray for her to stay healthy and free from sickness. This first year is extremely important for her long term health.
  • Pray that God will get much glory through her story and her  life.
  • Sydney has been in the hospital now for over 2 weeks so we are ready for her to be home. Pray that she can make progress with her bottle feedings so we can leave the hospital.
  • She will have her intestine reattachment surgery sometime in early 2013, so pray that it goes smoothly.
  • We still have weekly therapies for Liana and Adleigh had a heart procedure scheduled for 2013, so pray that God will continue to heal them and help us manage all of the different treatments.

We have been extremely encouraged by our Elevation Church family and feel so supported during this time. The scripture we have been praying over Sydney everyday has been Psalm 103:1-5.

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Thank you for believing with us!


Dawn Elmore said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The Elmore Family (Dawn Elmore)

♥ Made 4 More ♥ said...

Ferris and Wade,

Chris and I are standing with you in prayer! I believe that God has His hand all over Sydney just as he does with Liana and Adleigh!

Big Blessings to your family!
Love in Christ,
Chris and Karen Luke

suzanne spantgos said...

Ferris and Wade, I have been keeping Cat up to date with what was going on with Sydney. The whole time I was telling her she kept saying.. I know mom I know... and I said well how do you know? Cat said the angels told her in her dreams and that Wades new baby was a strong girl..... I have always believed that Cat has a powerful connection to Jesus.
We are all praying for Sydney

Sonora Kay said...

Praying for you and your family.

Sallee Carvalho said...

I will be praying for you all and I will send this out in order to get a prayer chain started in California. God bless.

Galvin said...

Hi Ferris and Wade, I came across this page via a Twitter post. Just want to drop a note of encouragement for you two to press on, to keep trusting in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6), and know that He is and will be with you and family through it all, and that His glory shall be made manifest in baby Sydney's life. Prayed for her, you two and family, and I believe your church community will continue to be there for you, just as He will. Blessings.

Galvin from Singapore

Anonymous said...

You're in our thoughts and prayers!!!

Rick said...

Wade & Ferris, I stand in agreement with you believing God! Believing our God is faithful and able to do all that He has promised! Sydney is a whosoever and she has whatsoever, in Jesus' Mighty Name!

Jon Bjork said...

The Bjorks will be praying!

Stacen said...

Wade and Ferris,
We will be praying for Sydney. Our daughter was born with CF last year and spent over 4 months in the NICU with multiple abdominal surgeries, a ileostomy, a intestinal reattachment, etc. We want to encourage you that even through all of these trials God has been more than faithful to our family and has used our Noelle to serve His purpose! Our home Church, Elevation, has stood with us as well, to help bring us through the tough times. If you ever want to talk to a family that has been through this and continues to deal with the complications of CF (our daughter is almost a year now), please don't hesitate to contact us! We will continue to stand in prayer for your daughter and your family.
Stacen & Jennifer Smith

Anonymous said...

Hi, you do not know us personally but I work with Sallee who has started a prayer chain for your family. God bless, you are in our prayers. Best of luck and with happy thoughts, Andrea and the Hidalgo clan.

Patty said...
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Patty said...

My 5 year old Grandson, Grayson, was diagnoised in April 2012 with CF. This too was a shock to our family, but through it all, God has remained faithful. He places people in our path almost daily to love and listen to us at just the right time. It sounds like you've already gotten Sydney's team of specialists in place. Know that we are praying for Sydney and your family.
Hugs, thoughts & prayers are with you all!
Patty Brooks

Dana said...

The Ramseys are believing with you and praying for you!!!

Anonymous said...

Praying for your family and believing God to continue the healing !!! You are not alone !
Much love to all
janie t.

alicia said...

Praying for you that the healing power of God would come upon your daughters. We love you much and you are a blessing by your ministry. God has a great plan for your children He will come through. :)