Tuesday, August 26, 2008
In answer to my last post, the doctor called the morning of the appt. and canceled. She said that I can do my tests when we return from OK (sometime next week). We thank the Lord that she submitted a good medical request to the airlines which moved our date of departure to Sept. 23. I am trusting that this will give ample time to make sure my body is receiving the meds well and to rest up before our return. Thank you for all of our prayers.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Please also pray for my sister Sara as the doctor put her on bed rest for a bit as she was having bad back pains and she still has a few more weeks of pregnancy. She's been a big servant, but now needs a big break!
On a fun note, a dear college friend got all of our kids "Webkins." I had never heard of them, but now all the kids' animals are registered online with lots of games to play. We all are vying for internet time now! We had 3 public computers checked out at the library today as well as a laptop, making use of their wireless--kids laughing and pointing while mom enjoyed checking emails. I'm taking photographs in my mind, these are such cute memories.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I think that my health is improving a bit because I haven't needed a nap for the past few days. I am taking anti-fungal pills currently along with some Wild Oregano Oil which a friend said will really help. Little by little...
Uncle Brian invited us to go on a bike outing with his middle school youth group. We had a really enjoyable time.
We have been blessed by many families from Brian and Sara's church who have lent us bikes and also a mini-van to drive this month. Wow. Thank you!
Friday, August 8, 2008
The Lord has answered our prayers by giving clear lab results. Only one thing has tested positive thus far--the Coccidiodes Fungus (Valley Fever from
We are so thankful to have answers and for the quick and thorough care at the Clinic. A big high five too to Lesli K. for first mentioning Valley Fever months ago and to Dave F. and others who wrote with great “survival” stories.
Who would have thought that I had carried this for several years since our
There are, of course, some lingering questions and continued items for prayer. How will we manage to get this expensive medicine to our home overseas for one year? And how necessary really is our doctor’s advice to remain in the states for another 2 weeks into September? And what can “rebalance” my emotions and body after these months of antibiotics, etc.?
But, those answers will come, for now we are rejoicing in the good news of a correct diagnosis!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
We have been waiting for results. My next scheduled appointment is this Thursday at noon with an Infectious Disease doctor.
Meanwhile I am enjoying the time here but struggling with some symptoms that I didn’t have before I took the TB medication in May. It’s hard for me to know then if it’s from my illness or lingering side effects. They include emotional things like mild anxiety attacks, feeling overwhelmed easily, and fatigue. It seems like something is out of balance. May the Lord shed light on what’s going on and may He grant strength, joy and boldness for each new day.
“I’m hungry,” said H, at that belly-rumble-before-dinner time.
“Here are some nectarines or bananas,” I replied.
Our little girlie wasn’t craving those things. She grabbed for the olives!! She took a whole handful and was satisfied. Our
Another cute thing she did yesterday was to hold open the automatic door while I steered my cart out of Giant Eagle. She then watched, surprised as it closed and opened by itself! There’s a lot to be amazed of in these here parts!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
"Is the president coming?" B asked sincerely. "Dad, is the president coming down this street?"
Nope, that is in our other country. When a city puts up flags it means that the king is coming. We've even waved to him once or twice.
We love flags. E said today that he wants 3 flag stickers on his water bottle--USA, Spain, and our couscous country. Flags. They truly are emblems of the lands we love!
Friday, August 1, 2008
We set off at 6am this morning, arrived, and was prepped for the bronchoscopy. When I entered the operating room, I saw my vast number of CT scan films up on the wall (some stained by olives that I tried to import in our luggage!! Oops!). Then the anesthetic kicked in and I only remember opening and closing my mouth on command. Everything went smoothly, thanks be to God.
They will know the results early next week. They are testing for numerous things--TB, different fungi, bacteria, autoimmune related illnesses, and cancer, though he did say that cancer was unlikely. He said that many of these things are slow growing so the cultures may take a few weeks. My doctor has been in discussion with 3 other Infectious Disease doctors and I will meet with one after the biopsy results are in. Under his breath he said that the ID doctors like to do A LOT of testing so again we are praying for clarity and that we begin down the right road for treatment.
We are so very grateful for you and your concern and prayers for us. The Lord is near.
Off we go now--to rest and read!