I just received a second phone call (2:09am) from the transplant coordinator. The lungs are "no good". That is all I know.
We're are going to try and get some sleep now and look forward to a good day tomorrow. It's been amazing to see the support tonight, especially the huge number of people who came out of the woodwork to comment for the very first time. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts, and for those of you who mentioned us on your own blogs over the past few hours.
We are humbled by the sincere care and support of so many who may never even meet us on this earth.
Please, continue to pray for the donor's family, as they may still be grieving. We hope that the lungs and/or other organs were good for somebody out there...
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Hugs and prayers... a let down... but waiting for the right pair is better than the wrong one.
Oh, how disappointing!
Well, God is still God and I know He has a plan and His timing is perfect. I pray that Tricia's lungs will come soon.
I'm sorry this was a dry run. I know I felt a big surge of adrenaline at the thought that this could "be it", so I can only imagine how YOU both felt.
Biggest ((( hugs ))) & many continued prayers.
Hugs from California too. I am thinking of the donor's family too.
So close. It could still happen at any time. You guys get some rest.
God's hand is in all of this... being an ICU nurse I see these events play out and see God's power work... He makes all things beautiful in His time... will be praying for deep sleep tonight for both of you...
Thanks for all the updates!! I pray this is the only dry run you go through!
That's very sad, but I hope someone else can use the lungs and/or other organs. The donor and their family are heroes. Hoping that Tricia gets her new pair soon...
up in the night for a drink and checked in....I'm so sorry for the let down but praying for a grieving family tonight. I will be praying tomorrow (and tonight) that you can rest in the promise that God knows the day and the hour of Tricia's new lungs.
Blessings to your family
I am so sorry for this obvious disappointment. But we know that all things work they way they should and when they should according to God's plan.
I will pray for rest and the right lungs to materialize ASAP.
Love to all 3 of you,
Susan from WV
Nate and Trisha,
My prayers are with you this early morning and for the donor's family.
It warmed my heart this evening when I read all of the supporting post from all over the world. You truly are a wonderful couple who I enjoy getting to share in your live's. I feel blessed to get to know each of you through this blog.
I will continue to keep Trisha in prayer so that the "PERFECT" match will come soon. Now we know the dry run..... lets play ball now. :)
Goodnight and God Bless
Thinking of you all tonight... praying for peaceful rest.
awwww man! I'm sorry....
prayers still being said... just another sign that God is still picking out just the right pair for Tricia.
Prayers for the donor and family, the gift of life is the most incredible..
Oh.... poop. That really sux. Sorry for the dry run, guys. I pray you'll get to sleep. The rest of us can leave our computers now and actually you know, *do something* today.
Tomorrow is another day!
Thank you for updating. Still praying for Tricia. The donor family as well. He truly is the author of life. What a beautiful story he has written for the Lawrenson family.
I'm so sorry. That sucks.
I can't believe how many people are posting at 3 in the morning! You are loved!
It's incredible that between the time I started to type my comment and the time I hit "publish", four more people had already commented. The amount of prayers going up for you guys is amazing!!
We will continue to pray for you and the donors family.
We love you guys.
As for God, His way is perfect.
Still praying for you and your family, and the donor family.
Wow, another turn in the journey. I see the handiwork of God in all of this.
Praying for you guys that the real deal comes sooner rather than later. I check your blog often and was moved to tears when I read all the TX updates. Thank you for sharing your story with the world - all of you are a true inspiration.
Prayers of course continuing... Rest as well as you can tonight and may the next call be the match.
I am sorry that these lungs were no good. I am praying that the good lungs are coming soon. Maybe this dry run was a way to get you prepared for the real thing that will happen very soon. I hope you are able to get some sleep. I am praying.
awww, so sorry. I know it's going to happen soon though!
I'm so sorry for the disappointment. What a roller-coaster you guys are on. My thoughts are with you and of course with the grieving family of a loved one that was lost.
I've only just caught up with the latest news, sorry to hear the lungs were'nt suitable for Tricia. Sending you both a huge (((HUG))) and I hope you managed to get a good night's sleep.
Praying for the donor's family and friends and also for the next call to be the real one.
Much love to you all.
prayers for all involved...
Continuing to pray for the perfect pair. Good night and prayers for peace from Canada's west coast.
I feel some degree of disappointment for your family. Heavenly Father knows what He is doing, but praying to Him to let Him know our wishes doesn't hurt! My prayers are with the donor's family and the other people the donor could help.
Oh, I was soooo hoping, with you, that this was IT! But thank you, once again, for being so open and vulnerable in allowing all of us to move through this time with you. I pray that, now, you will be able to feel God's peace and the support of His people as much in the hours ahead as you did in the past few hours of emotional high. The simplicity of Psalm 46:10 has held wonderful promise in the midst of much turmoil for us in the past couple of years..and I pray it will do the same for you tonight, as you continue on this path. "Be still, and KNOW that I am God."
Oh wow.. that is such a let down, I hope everything goes well for Tricia.. She seems like a wonderful person. Wish you all the best and I will keep you all in my prayers. The lungs will come soon. =)
I'm so sorry that didn't work out. But you have our continued prayers. God is still working. Praying for you tonight.
Nate and Tricia, the perfect lungs will come!.. Ugh, we sure didn't want to join the "dry run club," but we learned a lot from ours and we're hoping your next call comes SOON!
I was just "awakened" and knew I was supposed to check. Can't even imagine the disappointment! Will continue to pray like you're my family. What a privilege to do so. May you continue to trust God, period! Not trust God to bring new lungs. Just trust God! You've shown us all so well how to do that. Nate & Tricia, I will not preach His words back to you, for you already know them so well! With much love from Michigan!
I am so sorry that it wasn't meant to be this time.
Keeping you all in our prayers.
Tricia and Nathan,
Praying for the right pair...at the right time. God's timing is perfect.
I am praying for you guys right now, and will continue to pray as you prepare for this, and in addition, will continue to pray for whoever the donor will be.
emily haager (CA)
sad. very sad. we continue to place our hope and trust in God. It is amazing how many people are cheering your family on!
Go Team Confessions of A CF Husband! Let's keep praying for this precious family.
Coast to Coast and across the world we lift this family up to Our Great God.
False alarms (or dry runs as you call them!) can be devistating....I hope you are able to take from this that someone out there made the decision to donate, so hopefully that will keep your spirits up as you wait. Thinking very much of the family right now who lost someone and hoping your call comes soon.
False alarms (or dry runs as you call them!) can be devistating....I hope you are able to take from this that someone out there made the decision to donate, so hopefully that will keep your spirits up as you wait. Thinking very much of the family right now who lost someone and hoping your call comes soon.
Sorry this time wasn't meant to be. There will be the right time and the right lungs when God sees fit. I know you are disappointed...I'm disappointed! Get some rest. Tomorrow is a new day.
So sorry to hear this disappointing news Tricia and Nate, false alarms are so emotionally draining and I really hope you two are coping ok today. Thinking of you both very much and hope Gwyneth can give her Mommy and Daddy some extra special cuddles to help pick them up again. Thinking of you all xxxx
Continuing to pray .... may God bring you rest, peace and perseverance ... may God bless the donor family and bring them comfort.
Thank you God that you know the beginning from the end, and even though this wasnt the time, you know what that perfect time is. Thank you for Tricia and Nate and their strong faith, you are teaching me so much through them.
Up for a potty break in the middle of the night and had to check in. I am disappointed for you but God sees the big picture and His timing is perfect. God Bless you.
For the Lord knows the plans HE has for you...
sending continued prayers and love,
I am so sorry this wasn't a match. I am continuing to pray that Tricia's new lungs will be here soon.
Sending you both hugs!
Amy in Oregon
I am so sorry that these lungs were not meant for Tricia. I will continue to pray for her. Prayers to the attempted donor's family today.
I'm sorry the lungs weren't good. ((hugs)) We love you and are praying.
Sounds like life on the waiting list can be a roller coaster ride. We will pray for all the people involved. Nate,Trish, Gwyneth, Extended family, nurses, dr's and the donor's family. Hope you get some rest and you are in our prayers!
Do you know anything at all about the donor? I had a dream last night that it was a 14 year old boy from TN and that they would not work for Tricia, but that there was someone else on the list that they would work for. And that this 14 year old kid saved someone that needed a heart, lungs and liver.
All in God's time. This wasn't God's time for Tricia. I know it's disappointing, but these obviously weren't meant for Tricia.
I will continue to pray.
Awwww.....thoughts and prayers always with you!
Sending hugs your way. It just wasn't in God's plan YET, and His timing is perfect. The right pair of lungs will come.
Nate and Tricia,
Keeping you in my prayers, as always.
What a das news that those lungs are not for Tricia. Hope that the next call isn't a dry run!
It is better to know they are "no good" now than to find out later when Tricia's already "wearing" them. *PRAYERS FOR NEXT TIME*
Many prayers being said that the right pair of lung are found soon.
Praying in Colorado…
Blessings to your family. I will continue praying for strength both mentally and physically as you wait for the Lord's timing in this. I have been reading since January, and your story has reminded me that the Lord has plans to prosper, and not to harm, and He gives us only what burdens we can carry.
Love and prayers,
Alison from Canada
We all know that God has his own plan. The lungs will come in His time.
So sorry this was a dry run for Tricia. Get rested...
We will continue to pray.
What a roller coaster ride your night has been. I'm deeply sorry this run didn't work out. Will continue to pray for T's comfort and for the family who lost a loved one tonight.
I'm so sorry. Woke often last night praying for Tricia and will contiue to pray. Praying God will provide new lungs for her soon and a healthy body as she waits.
Praying your call with your exact match will come soon.
Hope you all feel peace today.
my heart goes out.it must be hard to ride this roller coaster. my prayer is that it is short and not to bumpy. keep your head up tricia! gods got the best lungs out there somewhere and your name is written all over them!=]
"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me."
The LORD replied:
"My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."
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"Every blessing your pour out, I'll turn back to praise. When the darkness closes in Lord, still I will say Blessed be the name of the Lord. Blessed be your glourious name.You give and take away.You give and take away. My heart will CHOOSE to say Lord blessed be your name."
I'm sorry for the disappointment you must be experienceing.
What a roller coaster of a night, huh?
We will keep interceding for the three of you. . . and yes, for the donor's family as well.
So sorry to hear the news. Everything happens for a reason! We just have to have faith in God's plan!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!
We pray for God's peace for you all while you continue on this journey. May His hand cover you always...
I couldn't wait to check your blog when I woke this morning. Sorry that was a dry run and yes, His timing is perfect. Hang in there! Praying those right lungs come soon! Still praying...
Prayed for you all through the night. Woke up to the disappointing news and yet still praying for your peace this morning. You are loved and being held in His hands.
When our pastor read this passage yesterday morning, I immediately thought of you guys--
. . . since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives . . .
You are truly in our prayers all the time!
We are still praying for you all and for that donors family. Its a better thing the Doctors caught the un-match right now rather than later! Thank the LORD that HE is in control. Thank you for sharing your journey through this with us on your blog.
I hope that you have both been able to rest after being on pins and needls so late. I am praying for you guys adn those new lungs adn the gracious person and family who woll give that gift to Tricia. Also praying for last nights donor... I sure have learned to pray even more by watching you guys go though this! Thank you for allowing me, a total stranger to see your lived so transparently and by that helping my faith to be challenged and grow. Much love and prayers to you; all three of you!
I'm so sorry these lungs didn't match. I pray Tricia's "new" lungs will come soon! Also, continuing to pray for the donor's family as they grieve the loss of a loved one.
I don't know what to say except that God has a plan, and his will is perfact. I woke up last night several times thinking about ya'll. I will covet you in prayer!
God has the perfect plan, and he will carry that out in His time. Until then, continued prayers for all. Much Love, and big Hugs!
Praying for your family and the doner family. Keep your hopes high as the mighty God we all know has great plans for Tricia and the rest of her family.
Blessings from Texas,
I know that must have been so hard.
Praying for all of you.
I've been out of town all weekend and came back to find I had missed a lot of excitement. Praying for you all as you continue to wait. May He give you strength, encouragement, health, and peace.
Darn. Well ... I'll just have to keep praying for some good lungs to show up!
Praying that the right pair is coming soon and giving thanks that the doctors are wise enough to not put Trisha in a compromised situation with anything less. Still praying for your family and the family of this particular donor.
You have changed so many lives by opening up and sharing your journey. I pray that you would find encouragement in how far reaching your message has been heard during this frustrating time.
May God bless you richly as you continue to seek Him!!!
Will be praying for you guys that the call is soon. Also for the family of the donor that God will grant the comfort and that their wishes would be able to be fullfilled and they could bring life to others.
I am so sorry for your disappointment. God has a plan for you all! Continued prayers for you!
I am joining Amy in praying for you all today at 2pm. I have asked my friends to join us too!
God's timing is perfect!!
I couldn't believe the lump in my own throat and the butterflies in my stomach when I had first heart that you got "the call." I cannot imagine what it must have been like for the both of you! I prayed a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for giving the transplant team the wisdom and discernment when examining the donor lungs in determining that these were not the match for you. I know that there are so many people pulling for you and I am sure that they wanted these lungs to be your new lungs. Ultimately, the Lord knows what lungs you will be receiving and will be preparing you for them. Until then, I continue to pray for your strength. I will also continue to pray for your tx team. Have a great day!
I can only imagine that let down you are feeling is great, but our God is good and He will provide. I will continue to pray for you, as well as the donor's family.
I'm sorry. I know you are disappointed, but don't be discouraged. God is still in control.
Hi Nate and Tricia,
Yes this is very disappointing. I too had hopes that when I woke up this morning Tricia would be in surgery. You want the best match for her. Hopefully someone else in need was able to use the lungs. The donor was very generous and yes, I am praying for whomever that unselfish person is. Your chance will come again.
Cute photo of Gwynnie. Her expressions are so cute now. She is so alert.
Hugs and prayers to all of you,
Cheryl from Fairfax
PS. Do you ever call Gwyneth "Gwynnie"
"our greatest glory lies not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall" - nelson mandela
raining prayers from Columbia, South Carolina - Staci
God's timing will be perfect. I pray He comforts you during this time of disappointment. I hope you have a good day!
I can't even imagaine how you feel!!I will keep praying for the new lungs to be coming soon.
Thanks for reminding us to pray for the grieving family.
We are praying and praying for the right lungs to be available. Keep comfort nestled in the arms of the Savior.
*hugs* to your family.
I guess my hope was meant for another family afterall..and thank God someone was so unselfish and made the beautiful decision to donate!
Tricia is such a strong woman, she will fight until those PERFECT lungs come! It will happen in due time, and it will be a wonderful thing! We too went through a few 'dry runs' while my daughter was waiting on her liver, i know what it feels like to be told its a "no go", but at the same time its such a sweet, and glorious day when you're told "its a go!" :) it will come! God Bless the 3 of you!
I am so sorry! You guys were in my prayers and thoughts all night. The donor family is in my prayers. Praying for the right set of lungs to come along. The family picture from last night was amazing.... Many prayers and hugs....
Ohhhh, I'm so disappointed for you! But just think how you'll look back and be able to laugh and brush off frustrating nights like these after the real transplant. These times will make the real transplant that much more special and momentous. Soon, my friends!!
Out of curiosity, what do the doctors look for that makes lungs "no good" or not?
I'll be praying for you all day. Give Tricia a hug from all of us.
I was hoping for different news this morning. I am still praying for you and for strength and healing for the donor family.
I hope you all got some sleep. It had to be hard to do. I'm still praying.
Christy in KY
I can't imagine how disappointing that must be! Praying for the perfect lungs to find their way to Tricia!
Gods timing IS the perfect timing! You will be singing your song real soon and it already reflects your lives. Stay HEALTHY the best you know how Tricia and our home is praying for yours and for the family who had to let go of someone that they loved as much as you (&all of us)love Tricia. Its comming and its going to go smoothly and Tricia will soon be able to never lay her baby down.
prayers prayers and more prayers
It's an emotional rollercoaster, isn't it? I'm sorry it didn't pan out for Tricia this time, but we want a really perfect match for her.
Will continue praying for the parties involved with the donation and for Tricia to fight off any infection and be all ready when her lungs are!
I'm so sorry to hear this. Continued prayers that new lungs will come soon.
Wow! I read on 65 Roses that Tricia had gotten the call and went immediatley to your blog to see the news first hand only to find this latest post. Sorry this wasn't "it". But as so many have said God's timing is perfect timing. Thinking and praying for you all.
Awww, Man!!!! Thought of you during the night-- sent up prayers.
Sorry to hear this wasn't 'the one', but how wonderful to see all of the support you have! Beautiful.
So sorry for the disappointing news. I am praying for you all. God is in control and I know His plan is best. Hugs and Love to you.
Hugs and prayers. I'm sorry this time wasn't to be.
I will continue to pray that Tricia gets her new lungs soon!
Riding the roller coaster with you---hang on tight! Praying with you and for you, that this will still be the week.
In His love,
Lori in VA
Continued prayers and ((((((( HUGS )))))))
I am sorry that this was not a match. But please do not lose hope. It does happen. My cousin has CF and she had a son and was in need of a double lung transplant. She moved almost 1/2 way across the country to wait. And it was not for anything as she received a call for a double lung transplant a year ago this past March 16th. It has been one year and she is doing great.
Miracles happen. You are witness to that everytime you look at your daughter.
Hold on. Keep spirits high.
I'm sorry that the lungs didn't work. I pray that they can find the right match. But God knows best.
I am so sorry for the dry run. Love and prayers out to you all. Praying for the donor family as well for their loss. God just must still be getting things ready for when it is time for Tricia. God Bless...
I'm sure everyone that is following your lives via blog feels an enormous letdown. You are blessed for your perspective in this, that even though Tricia is still waiting that there may be people who had their lives saved last night thanks to a donor and their family. It is still a huge letdown for everyone cheering and praying and hoping for Tricia to be matched soon with the right person who made the right decision under the right circumstances. In sort, we are all praying for a miracle.
Best wishes and love to your family from ours. @->--
I'm thankful and amazed. I'm thankful that there are so many people praying for Tricia, baby Rose, and Nate. I'm amazed how many were up in the middle of the night commenting on the blog. Either some Americans have bad sleep habits or these middle of the night commentors are in other parts of the globe where it is day time.
My eyes feel funny today after a restless night's sleep.
Your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. ~L
My heart broke when I read this...
I'm praying for the donor's family, for their grieving, and to thank them for their willingness to help others in death.
Also, praying for Tricia, may the next time be IT, and in the meantime that she can keep in good health and spirit!
I'm sorry to hear that this wasn't the right match, but I have faith that the right lungs are coming any day now. Stay strong. You are in my prayers.
Oh No..I can't imagine the let down.I know a good, no Great pair of lungs will be ready for Tricia soon. You are in my prayers and many hugs being sent your way.
prayers are with you both and with the family who lost a loved one.
Can't imagine how you feel, but will pray for continued faith, health, perseverance, hope, and, patience.
I'm so sorry. Hugs from Houston! I'll keep you all in my prayers.
Still praying and hoping. Also said many prayers for the donor regardless of who gets his/her organs. Thank God that person is a donor. Thank God!!
God bless you both (all). I hope you rested well.
I cannot imagine how you all feel right now. Keep trusting the Lord's plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Praying for you that you will be surrounded with the love and peace of God, and the rest you need after a long night.
Hugs to you all...
Nate and Tricia,
may hope be your ray of sunshine for the day!
Still praying for you.
Continuing to pray for you and donor families.
I had been following you all for the past couple of months but was one of the quiet ones. I have been and will contiune to be praying that her new lungs come soon. I know that you all believe just as I that we may not understand it but God has a plan for everything even when it isnt in the time frame that we want it. I know he is with and watching over all 3 of you. Here in TN and all my family and friends are praying for you all and thinking about you.
You guys were the last thing I thought about as I drifted off last night and the first thing I thought about this morning. Then my compter was acting up! FINALLY I could get in. My prayers are continually with you! I cannot even fathom what a roller coaster ride of emotions this is. Take care...
praying still...praising God who is holding you in His hands! jen in al
Awww, darn. Praying for you guys, and the donor's family. And for the one, or several, who are recuperating from surgery today thanks to the donor's gift of life.
I am sorry. Hard stuff all around.
Woke up at 5a this morning with you three burning on my mind. While I'm disappointed for you both, I'm grateful for the time you now have to rest together while waiting a little while more. We love you guys!
Wow, it's crazy though to see how quickly it will happen when they do find the right lungs! Maybe God wanted you to have a test run so you could see what it was like -- to be prepared for next time! He always has a plan :-) Keep trusting him -- and keep smooching that baby! :-) We will be praying!
Nate and Tricia,
Praying you are getting some good rest. I will also continue to pray for God's good and perfect will for Tricia's new lungs. Little Gwyneth is so precious and I'm sure lights up your life each day. Thank you for letting total strangers come along on your journey. It has been such a blessing to see God's hands move in your lives throughout this process. Peace be with you!!
(((((((((((Tricia and Nate)))))))))
The prayers continue then... God is faithful.
Love in Christ to you and family,
Elly in Missouri
The minute my eyes opened this morning, before I was even out of bed, I grabbed my iPhone and looked at the blog, holding my breath.
I'm sorry that this wasn't the right time for you, but it *will* happen when her perfect match is ready.
With thousands of prayers happening, how can it not?
I am sorry. Your positive attitude is such an encouragement. In God's time.
my first thought was the verse in psalms-maybe?
"but i will hope continually and yet praise Thee more and more!"
and b/c of some hard family situations going on these days, another of my favorites is "i will offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually which is the fruit of my lips giving praise to His name!"
and boy it truly is a SACRIFICE to praise Him at certain times, isn't it? but when we do He changes us from the inside out!
continued thoughts & prayers for ya'll!
I am so sorry to hear this. I'm sure it's discouraging, but keep your chins up! It's all in God's timing!
Like so many others, logging onto your site was the last thing I did before bed and the first thing I did upon waking up this morning, anticipating the next step in your journey. I so appreciate your willingness to share with us, the general public.
I talk w/God about you all so often and will continue to pray the right pair of lungs come along.
Much love and prayer from Ohio...
You don't know me but I read your blog often as it's linked off my friends blog, briana-momtoboys. I was a premie myself (born three months early and weighing only 1 lbs or so (that was in 1979)) and I'm a former reporter who has covered people/kids with CF. Your family is courageous. We'll keep up the prayers for you!
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Lamentations 3:23, NLT
Our Great God has something btter in mind for Tricia.
Oh no... I bet you are so disappointed. But like someone else already posted, a bad match wouldn't be a good thing.
Praying for you to get the "real" call very soon!
And I just wanted to let you know that your blog inspired me to register as an organ donor - I just registered online, and will ask all my friends and family to do the same!
I'm still praying ~ for y'all and the donor family. Hopefully as you said the lungs will be suitable for someone else. God bless!
Praying for you today. Praying for the next set of lungs to come quickly.
Sorry that you had such a letdown. I know that you know that The Lord works in mysterious ways so he is definitely just making sure that Tricia gets the best lungs possible. Your time will come soon Tricia and we all can't wait for Nate to video you without the vent walking to Gwyneth. Many prayers and hugs for you and the donor family.
Sending lot's of prayers your way...I'm so sorry that this pair of lungs didn't work out for Tricia but I'm sure it will be soon.
So sorry for your disappointment. Praying for rest and peace for you. May Romans 8:28 be real for you all today. Hugs.
Wow, I missed a lot over the weekend. Loved all the new pics - one of my faves is the new perspective one - how cute!
While I'm sure that this "dry run" was a big disappointment for you both, I was so touched to read your request for prayer for the donor's family.
To see God's hand in this over and over again....I wonder if anyone could read this and NOT believe that God exists.
I can only imagine the let down that you are feeling after the adrenaline surge and hope.
I'm still interceding in prayer for the three of you and for that precious donor's family that is willing to give the gift of life.
Hugs to your sweet family.
oh I wish I could hug you - but will pray for you guys - I was up all night with my little one and continually checked in and prayed for you all! Sunshine
Sorry Tricia and Nate. I know how difficult this must be. My dad had 3 "dry-runs" for his kidney (once as a back-up) and ultimately never received a transplant.
What stands out to me (a new reader) is your optimism for today (how you are not devastated is incredible, i would be)and your care and compassion for the former owner of those lungs.
So sorry that this did not work out for Tricia. I am sure her turn will come and soon. But as you said hopefully the lungs or other organs will work for someone else. The fact that there is a family willing to go with organ donation and help someone else in their time of loss is a most wonderful thing.
Y'all were on my mind subconsciously all night. Every time I rolled over and slightly woke up, I remember thinking of you and saying a prayer. I'm sorry these didn't work. But God knows and He wasn't surprised, was He? :) He's got y'all in His protective hands! And you know His way is perfect! Hopefully another set with your name on them will be just around the corner. God bless y'all today - still praying.
(Laurie in Mphs)
oh Tricia and Nate...you are in my prayers, as is the donor family!
God is still at the throne and in charge of all things!
I guess this lungs where not right. God has a plan.
I continue to pray for the donor and Tricia!
Wow! I've missed way too much in such a little time. I forgot my nightly "check on Nate, Tricia and Gwyneth". Sorry it wasn't her time for the lungs, but it will come! Praying for you and the possible donors family!
I am so comforted knowing that you both already trust in God's will. I, too, am disappointed at his news, but am grateful that the doctors had the foresight to decline the match.
You two are in my prayers, as always. The outpouring of support is not surprising when you 'know' you guys like we do.
Maybe, just maybe, this dry run was intended to inspire someone to become a donor. It sure was exciting to think about this donor's life possibly providing such a miracle after his/her death. Although I've always been an organ donor, I had never looked at it this way.
Thank you for bringing us along on this amazing journey! Praying for peace throughout all of this...
refreshing in ohio
Prayers and Hugs for your family! Thank you for always keeping us updated. Your story and pictures amaze me!
God's timing is perfect, remember HE loves you and holds you close.
Tricia and Nate,
I'm so very sorry that this didn't work out! I hope that these lungs were a match for someone, as their donor or their family obviously wanted to give that gift. I know first hand how heartbroken a donor family can be when wishes don't work out.
Tricia, god knows just where your new lungs are, and I know know know that you will get them at just the right time.
my heart just broke for you...we will continue our prayers for you and your family and hope for a perfect match soon. we will also pray for the donors family in this time of loss. god bless
Our prayers are with you and the family! God knows the perfect timing for Tricia's new lungs and He will provide!
I found out about your story on Pastors.com. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Praying for peace that passes all understanding. Our God is a BIG God and He loves you guys so much and knows every single need for Tricia's body...God is preparing her body for the perfect set of lungs for her....!
dang it...I'll be praying for you guys through this time...
Hugs and prayers from Raleigh....
Saying a prayer that God gives you patience, perseverance, and understanding of His plan for Tricia.
Can't say anything that has not been said yet, but still praying- for your spirits and for peace, and for those new perfect lungs! Praying for the donor's family as well as the recipients. May your turn be very very soon!!!
I'm one of those who commented for the first time...yet I have been reading your blog and praying for your family for awhile...I woke up this morning hoping for different news, but will pray that Tricia's lungs will come soon. Your daughter and wife are beautiful! BTW: The Lord led me to your blog via just paging through blogs on blogger one day.
I'm sorry to hear that...I am still praying that Tricia's new lungs will be on their way soon. Praying that the lungs will be the right ones for someone who needs them....
Oh darn it!...
Guess this is definitely what you call a dry run and no wonder how it is an emotional roller coaster for all involved even us, strangers, who are praying for you all. Don't let this disappointment drag you down but persevere and keep praying and hoping for the right lungs at the right time, God willing. Keep thinking positively as you are currently!
Continuing to pray hard and hugs,
I'm so sorry this wasn't the one. Praying that you won't be discouraged and that Tricia's new lungs come soon.
Been a while since I commented. I'm sorry it was just a dry run. Hopefully not much longer. I also wanted to say how good I think Gwyneth is looking. She is starting to look a little more like my 34w4d preemie twins (albeit smaller) Her face is really filling out, it seems. What a little fighter she is. I also had to tell you that I ran into another twin mom of 24 weekers at the playground last week. I said, "Oh, I follow a blog of a 25 weeker." We realized we were both reading your blog. I just thought, wow, what a small world. BTW, her twins were 21 months, now, and runnign around all over the place, just to give you some more hope.
Wow, I was out and about all day yesterday and didn't check your blog...wow I missed an exciting day!
Here's hoping another set comes along soon. Prayers for you and your family, the "almost" donor family and the "soon to be" donor and family!
You guys are truly an inspiraton!
Oh, how tough for you guys. Best of luck in the aftermath of the dry run, and I am definitely keeping the donor's family in my thoughts.
I'm sorry you both had an emotional and disappointing night. I'm thankful that the transplant team is so thorough in their testing to make sure the lungs are "perfect" for Tricia.
I'm praying for peace and rest for you all today...and a new phone call with the right lungs ASAP!
Nate & Tricia (((HUGS))). Yes, I will certainly pray for the family that lost their loved one, and pray that the person's other organs are able to save the lives of others.
You two and Gwyneth are never far from my thoughts & prayers. Stay positive and focused. (But I don't need to tell you that!)
So sorry, but praying that the Lord will lift you up and give you a joyful day today as you continue to wait.
Dear Nate and Tricia,
My pastor, whom you have met, asked me to forward this to you. You have many prayer warriors in Northern Virginia because of him. We pray that the next call will be the ONE!
"O troubled soul, beneath the rod,
Your Father speaks, be still, be still;
Learn to be silent unto God,
And let Him mold you to His will.
"O praying soul, be still, be still,
He cannot break His promised Word;
Sink down into His blessed will,
And wait in patience on the Lord.
O waiting soul, be still, be strong,
And though He tarry, trust and wait;
Doubt not, He will not wait too long,
Fear not, He will not come to late.
I'm so sorry that today's not the day.
"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31
I'm so sorry. I will pray that Tricia gets her new lungs very soon and that God be with both Tricia and the donor's family when the time comes. Huge hugs to you all.
sorry for the disappointment...but im sure waiting for the right pair of lungs is better than just transplanting the wrong pair. I continue to pray for the donor's family as I know they are still grieving their painful loss of a loved one. I hope the organs turn out to at least be useful for someone. Tricia's turn will come. Praying for her too.
My disappointment can hardly compare to your own. Prayers for you all and those who loved the donor.
I'm so sorry.
But hold fast! The right ones will come soon!
Still praying, fervently.
Sorry for the disappointment. I can't even begin to imagine what that must feel like. We are still praying for both families--for peace, wisdom, patience and healing among many, many other things.
I'm so sorry this one did not work out. I continue to pray for all of you!
One observation for you... in scanning through the comments attached to this and the previous posts, one thing is striking to me. Tricia and Gwenyth literally have people all over praying for them around the clock. Nate, with your blog you have basically created a 24X7 prayer chain for your family. I hope that fact provides you and Tricia strength on what I know must be a tough morning for you.
I'm so sorry. God has his hands in this... the right pair will come in His time.
Much love from MO.
Praying for the reduced lung pain, and no infections for Tricia, weight gain for Gwyneth, rest, peace of mind and high spirits for all of you.
I'm so sorry for the let down :(. ((HUGS)) and know that God will provide!!!
I'm really sorry they were not a match, I will say a prayer for the donor's family. ::HUGS::
Nate, Tricia, and Gwenyth,
I missed reading this blog yesterday and popped in first thing this morning. I can only imagine the emotions you guys must have been going through over the last several hours. I'm crushed that the lungs were not a good fit. I think of you guys quite often throughout the day and we are praying for all of you daily. Warmly,
Hey, Nate, Tricia and Gwyneth
I have been following your blog since Patience asked for prayer for your family. I wanted to let you know how much this blog has changed my life. I thank God that you have been willing to share your story with all of us who are looking in. The way you have shown the strength in faith that you and Trisha have is amazing and real. I have started attending church again and long to have the faith to carry me through any situation. Your family is such a blessing to so many people especially me. Thank you, your story has inspired me to want to be a better christian and person.
prayers and hugs
I'm sorry for this disappointment. You both must be exhausted; I hope you can rest today and spend time with Gwyneth.
It's wonderful to see the support of prayers and love you have from everywhere. God is doing amazing things through you and for you!
Still praying for the just-right lungs to come along, at just the right time for you.
So sorry to hear this, but I believe Tricia will receive the most perfect lungs very soon.
Hugs to all of you and please know that a lot of people are praying for your family like you are our own.
Nate and Tricia,
I am continually amazed at how many people are watching, waiting and praying for you. Thank God for brothers and sisters in Christ! I found your blog through my sister-in-law. I got a text to my cell phone yesterday from her telling me that there was a possible lung match and I felt my heart leap with joy for you. At the same time, I was sad for the family who was grieving. I've never met you but I am joining you in prayer. I'll continue to pray for you as you continue this waiting game.
LOVE the picture of your family. So precious!
If you have a second or two, could you answer what most may think is a silly question... What is the criteria for donor lungs? I am guessing more than just the blood type have to match. I apologize for my ignorance on the subject. Lots of California love heading to you, Tricia, and of course Gwyneth!
Nate & Tricia,
My heart breaks for you, then rejoices in knowing that ALL things are in His hands. Our finite minds cannot even begin to grasp His infinite love, knowledge, presence, etc. Praying (with the rest of the globe)that He is cradling all 3 of you--and all donor families around the world--today.
So sorry for this letdown. I can't imagine the anticipation you must feel only to find out it's not a match. We're praying for you.
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