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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Walk (07/20/06)

TITLE: My walk through the valley of the shadow of death
By Millicent Pat-Nwaoyo


My doctor checked through my vital signs. The look on his face was not so encouraging or so I thought. “Sorry madam, I am afraid we will have to keep you here in the hospital for close observation but don’t worry, you will be fine” I was about thirty weeks pregnant, I had been having headaches, my feet were swelling and here I was at the doctor’s office. My heart began to race “Oh my God, why me? Not again! I had lost my first pregnancy to severe case of preeclampsia1. This time, my care provider placed me on 75mg aspirin daily, this he said will reduce the risk of re-occurrence of this dreadful disease. I heard a clear still voice in my head say “my daughter, fear not for I am with you, walk with me” I began to feel stronger in my spirit and I was determined not to loose this baby.

As I lay on the hospital bed praying and reading the Bible, I began to speak the prayer of David “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me…”(Psalm 23 vs 4). It dawned on me that as a child of God, there will be tribulations but God will be with me, walking with me every step of the way. I began to find comfort and solace in the word of God.

While conducting his morning visits on the third day of my stay at the hospital, Dr Jude said to me “Madam, we will have to carry out a Cesarean Section on you, your Blood Pressure is not looking good. Don’t worry, everything is under control”. What does he mean everything is under control? I wondered. The clear steel voice kept ringing those words of comfort in my head and I relaxed. I said, lord wherever you lead I will follow. Few hours later precisely at about 9:00pm that day, I was wheeled into the theater for the operation. Gosh, was I scared! Anyway, my baby girl was delivered at thirty weeks and five days gestational age, she weighed 1.15kg. When I heard her cry, the whole world came to a stand still, I did not even know when I was stitched up and wheeled back to the ward. I felt all my problems were over but I did not realize how wrong I was, the journey had just begun.

Summer was whisked off to Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) shortly after her birth. She was there for precisely thirty days. The first few weeks, she was kept under close observation because she suffered apnoea2 attacks and respiratory irregularities. After thirty days, she was handed over to me. She was still so little at 1.3 kg. I could barely hold her. I was given a brief lecture on how to take care of a pre-term baby. The first two months were the most difficult days of my life, everyday I woke up not knowing what to expect. We spent weeks at the hospital because she was choking so badly that her food was coming out of her nose. Later, we had to deal with anaemia3. God was so faithful through these very difficult times. Just at the point I thought I was about to break, all the pre-term related problems stopped one afetr the other. I began to lead a normal life with my baby. It’s been precisely a year since it all happened and I have become stronger in my faith in God because I have become more reassured that he is indeed a “very present help in trouble”. (Psalm 46 vs1).

1. Preeclempsia: Pregnancy induced hypertension
2. Apnoea: Cessation of breathing
3. Anaemia: Too few red blood cells in the blood stream resulting in insufficient oxygen to tissues and organs.

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Joanne Sher 07/30/06
Wow - what an ordeal you've been through! Would have loved to hear more directly how God helped you through it. He truly IS a very present help in trouble, isn't he?
Allen Scovil 07/31/06
You related your experience very well. Some work on punctuation and a touch of proofreading for typo's would make it better.
Ann FitzHenry07/31/06
Thank you for sharing your story. I enjoyed reading about your experience.