Thursday, September 6, 2018

#LittleManGael's Journey to a Better Vision - Part 1


Cataract

I first mentioned my second born's eye condition on this post. I am so grateful to all the people who have helped us during his Cataract Surgery. My half-brother Doctor helped us to connect with other doctors in PGH and by God's grace, the operation went well. So Gael has been Aphakia (absence of the lens of the eye) since then and his glasses helped him a lot with his vision.

Fast forward, when Gael turned 3 yo, his doctor announced that he can be operated already. Since then,  we started praying for Gael's IOL operation. His Optha said we need to prepare at least 120K for the entire costs should we want to have the operation be done in Medical City.

But since we don't have the means at that time, we decided to delay the operation and trusted God to lead us to the right people and hospital. At the back of our minds, we can still go to PGH for the operation though I dreaded the process of dealing with government hospitals. I couldn't blame them though and I am.grateful they do exist. They helped countless people including us. However, I'm really begging God if He wills it, to have it in a different hospital because it is really hard. 

The waiting process was not easy. I have the tendencies to be anxious and impatient. We want him to be operated at the soonest. It hurts us everytime he got hurt or bump because of his eyesight. But the Lord always comforts us and assured us that if we love Gael, how much more God's love for him? He wants the best for our son and we just need to trust him in this journey.

We met another Optha thru our small group leader. She gave us another option, much cheaper than Medical City. She said, we just need to prepare for the cost of the lens since most likely the doctor's fee and the cost of procedures will be covered by Philhealth. Thankfully also, husband's new HMO is way better than the previous one. It has a certain portion for Congenital Diseases.

However, since the lens is a bit pricey and we can't put up the money for it, we still put it on hold. According to the doctor, there's no effect if it will be delayed, but the soonest it will be done, the better so his brain can also adjust the soonest.

Recently, the Lord made a way. He touched someone to donate money specifically for Gael's lens. A friend contacted us on his condition and pledged the money. It was another answered prayer for our family and our hearts are rejoicing! "The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him (Lam. 3:25)! Nakakaiyak talaga ang Lord. He cares and knows the needs of His children.

Cataract

At this moments, we are now coordinating with the new doctors about the operation. We thank God for His goodness. This is all about Him and all the glory goes to Him alone. Please pray with us for a smooth and easy preparation and for the entire process of the operation. Pray also that we will continue to trust the Lord no matter what. May this encourage you as well to put your hope to the One who is faithful.

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NIV)

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