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God’s Miracle Child

This is the story of Skyy Michelle Royal, daughter of Kateya Tyndal, granddaughter of Michelle St. John (aka Grammy), great-granddaughter of Clint Bullock. IMG956511Skyy Michelle Royal was born on May 7, 2014 at 11:57 pm, weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces.  While we were devastated to learn that Skyy had a hole in her heart through a routine sonogram, we were unprepared for what was to come.  After three days of labor, we were elated to finally meet Skyy.  The nurses cleaned and wrapped her up and put her to her mommy’s breast, only to realize she couldn’t feed. Giving her mommy 5 minutes to get acquainted, they whisked her away to do a thorough examination.  And this is where our rollercoaster ride began.  It turns out she had a condition called Esophageal Atresia with Trachaodsophageal Sifpula which means that her esophagus and stomach where disconnected.  This condition was so serious, within hours of being born, Skyy had to be helicoptered to Maria Fareri Childern’s Hospital in Westchester County.   We were told that in order for Skyy to survive, she would need major surgery but the surgeon was very confident that it could be done.  So at two days old, Skyy underwent her first surgery.  But there was a problem.  The MRI falsely showed that the distance between her esophagus and stomach was approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches apart, when it was actually double that.  This meant that because she was so small and the distance was so great, the surgery couldn’t be done until she grew some.  All the surgeon could do was put in a button so she could be fed directly through her stomach and close her up, leaving her defect exactly like it was for a later surgery.  You cannot imagine our dismay of sitting in the waiting room for six hours, only to be told that they wouldn’t be able to fix it at this time.  So the waiting began!  If you’ve never had to visit the NICU, I pray that you never have to!  It is an experience that will put even the most faithful into a state of dismay.  With blinking and beeping equipment going off, nurses and doctors at a constant and sick babies all around you; it’s all you can do to try a concentrate on your sick baby, while trying to be respectful and prayerful of the other babies and families, who for some are going through far worse then you.   IMG951228At two months old, they were ready to do the surgery.  This time they were able to connect her esophagus and stomach but of course there is a whole process of healing and watching for scar tissue that may restrict the opening.  So Skyy had to undergo several procedures where they had to insert a tube to stretch the opening.  Skyy was also diagnosed with a hernia, they thought she had a stroke because she has a crooked smile (the cutest crooked smile).  They said her kidneys looked a little small and then there is still the issue of her heart.  It turns out Skyy has two large holes in her heart and a few small ones.  While the small ones will likely close on their own, the two large ones will need to be repaired.  Of course, like everything else, this is not so simple!  Because the two large holes are very close together (they are literally only separated by a thin sliver of tissue), this surgery will be the most difficult.  So the solution that her cardiologist has suggested, is that we wait (yes again), for Skyy to grow to see if the holes will shrink some for the best possible outcome.  So for now, she has a band around her heart to control her blood pressure.   To date, Skyy has had five surgeries and several procedures and spent the first three months of her life in the hospital.  Her esophagus surgery was a success and she is now eating solid foods.  This in itself is a blessing but not without some challenges.  Children with this condition have to chew their food really well to avoid choking.  Well since Skyy only has four teeth, we have to make sure the potions are small enough as to not create issues.  Incidentally, Skyy loves “real” food and we were elated when she no longer wanted baby food!   While Skyy has many issues, we call her our miracle baby!  This past year has been very challenging and their is more to come.  Just last week she had to be hospitalized for three days after a high fever resulted in a urinary tract infection.  And next week she has to undergo same day surgery to readjust the band around her heart because she is growing.  And then there is her heart surgery.   While this is a very difficult road, their is plenty of joy as well.  Skyy makes every day better.  She is so loveable, funny and packs a mean right cross.  We just ask that you pray for our little miracle because God is a miracle worker!  And if you don’t believe in God, you don’t know Skyy Michelle Royal!

Skyy on her first birthday

Written by Grammy 5/17/15

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My new necklace

BNC-2TJust wanted to let everyone know that I am extremely happy with my purchase from Clint. This is the necklace that I purchased and it is much better than I expected.

The three components of this cross made from nails symbolize different aspects of the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The simulated leather cord represents the leather straps that were used to beat our Lord. The wrapped wire reminds us of the branches of thorns that were twisted into a crown to mock the King of Kings. The nails are symbolic of the large spikes that were used to pierce the hands and feet of our Savior. Let this cross of nails forever be a reminder to you of the great love that Jesus has for us and the suffering that Jesus endured for our salvation.

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My Testimonials

I have a couple of Testimonies I would like to share with you. Many years ago there was a time that I was depressed because I had bills that were due that amounted to $1500.00 and at that time I only had $1000.00. I prayed and asked God how am I going to pay these bills with what I have, and I cried out to Him for help. At the end of that month, all my bills were paid and I had $100.00 left over. God is good.
Another time recently while my wife and I were away at her mother’s funeral, someone living in my home stole two of my rings and pawn them. I received a call from the police department that they had arrested this person. When I returned home, for three days I sat by myself and I was so angry, because I felt how could someone that I tried to help steal my precious rings that I worked so hard to earn, and all of a sudden, something came over me and I thought, wait a minute, If I was getting so upset with the person who stole my precious rings, maybe I was worshipping the rings more than the forgiveness of the person who took them. At that very moment, there was such a calm that came over me that to this day is hard to explain. At that moment I forgave that person and prayed for that person and I asked God to forgive me for worshipping a man made idle, and at that very moment such a great peace came over me. There were tears of joys of the burden that was just lifted.