Besides the tip (the injured/cauterized/stitched part), her finger is coming back to the sweet little finger we know. It turns out the allergic reaction that happened for days and days basically burnt her entire finger, and the hard, dead, scabbed-over skin is coming off and bright new skin shines through!
The Raleigh doctor is extremely pleased and expects a full recovery! We see him one more time on Wednesday, and then I think we are done! Yay! We might need to do a little physical therapy with an occupational therapist, but God has worked a wonder in healing my sweet 2 year old.
Here are some ways I've seen God work. If you don't believe in God or aren't so sure about who this Jesus guy is, I would love to tell you more about Him!
1. When the accident happened, a panic followed by immediate calm came over me. Faith stopped crying pretty quickly and was able to show the EMS guys and the doctors at the hospital her finger.
2. My weak stomach was able to maintain the many hours spent looking at Faith's finger- during all of the appointments and different people needing to look at it. Really, I am in awe that I was able to do that- I couldn't have done it on my own.
3. Her bandage "accidentally" came off on the Sunday a week later to reveal the blistering and swollen finger- otherwise it would have been until THURSDAY before we saw another doctor.
4. When nothing was making a difference (now we know we kept putting on the bacitracin which was causing the reaction), we were able to get a same-day appointment in Raleigh for the second opinion- which gave us enough time to organize childcare for Timmy and arrive early at the appointment.
5. The Raleigh doctor immediately knew what was happening and told us to wash her finger off (an answer to prayer that he could come to an immediate diagnosis)
6. The church where we currently belong has met many of our physical needs (provided meals, helped with childcare) and prayed for us regularly. It is amazing to see God's people ban together to intercede on our daughter's behalf!
7. Jeff and my time in the Word has been sweet, peaceful, full of much needed correction, reminding us that God is the ultimate healer, that He has a plan in ALL OF THIS, that entrusting Faith to His care brings sweet relief, and that our strength in times of hardship comes directly from him. We were able to interact with doctors in a gracious and loving way (the ER doctors looked at both of us at one point and said that).
So, when all is said and done, I know that the Lord has a perfect plan in all of this- I don't know it in the entirety, but I do know it has pushed Jeff and I to trust Yahweh with our beautiful child. I've heard that parenting is a sanctifying process (meaning it makes us more like Jesus- meaning holy) and we've seen a glimpse of that in these last few weeks.
The joy of the Lord is our strength.
A special clover! Faith's newest favorite activity is picking flowers, clovers, and leaves to bring into Sunday school, Bible study, or the house!
You think an injured finger could stop this girl? I didn't think so either!
What happens what I say "Say CHEESE!!" Silly faces!