Those of you that have been reading the blog for a while will be familiar with Olivia’s story and how she came to be part of our family. If you’re new to the blog I would love it if you read about that fabulous and emotional time in our lives back in January/February.
On May 12th we took Liv into Port to GHESKIO to have her second HIV viral test done. The first time we did it in February we waited less than a week for the results, which were negative, dropping her chances of being infected with the virus to less than 10%. This time around we’ve had to wait longer. Very long.
On Monday while we were up the mountain missing our girl we got the phone call. Olivia is NEGATIVE.
Olivia is now in the clear.
She is not and won’t be HIV positive.
The anti-bodies that showed up on her original blood work will just work out of her system in the next year.
Chris and I had a sense of peace over the whole thing over the last few months and had just sort of started believing that Olivia was in the clear. She’s been so healthy that it was hard to think that she might be sick. She hasn’t even had as much as a cold and the only fevers she’s had in the last two months were the direct result of her vaccinations. All of that said, there was an overwhelming sense of relief that passed over me when we got the news. It’s one thing to know in your heart, but it’s another to have someone else confirm it for you.
To all of you that have held our family up in prayer over the last 5 months (or longer) as we’ve walked through this, THANK YOU! Chris and I have felt your love around us and it’s been amazing to see strangers and family and friends alike all journey with us in this. We feel incredibly blessed that God picked us to be Olivia’s parents, and that he knew we could handle the journey that we’ve been through. I believe Olivia is a testament to God’s hand in things and of how his will plays out in people’s lives.
We feel very loved.
**Photo credit: last two pictures taken by Uncle Ben.