Friday, July 2, 2010

Updates On Dad

Here are the updates mom e-mailed everyone today....
Update #57 - Friday, July 2, 2010
My husband was out of the biopsy by 9:30 am. Everything went well. Dr B. was able to get 6 tissue samples. The preliminary diagnosis is tumefactive MS. We will know more in 2-5 days. My husband is talking and doing well. He is actually able to speak more clearly than he has in several weeks. He is able to lift his right arm all the way now. He walked 100 feet yesterday with the walker and with the therapist beside him. Now we must continue to pray about following whatever treatment the Lord has chosen for us to follow. It's His plan. We just have to know what it is in order to follow it obediently. We trust Him completely for with man this is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible.
Update #58 - Friday, July 2, 2010
I found out that we will need to be watching for adverse reactions to the biopsy for the first 6 - 24 hours which seems to be typical when you are dealing with the brain.
Once back in the room after the biopsy, my husband started crying and saying something about "all the people". Then he was saying stuff like he "saw all the people" and "he saw the nations". I asked him if he meant the "lost people", people who do not believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and he said "yes" and started crying more. I asked him if he would like for me to pray for the lost people and he said yes. Once I prayed, he stopped crying and talking about it. Some of you might be thinking he was just having a delusional moment from the drugs or the biopsy, but I personally believe that the Lord showed him a vision of lost people that need to be reached. I also prayed that the Lord would completely restore my husband so that he can preach the word to the lost people. We will keep praying about that.
My husband's head started hurting around 2:00 pm or so and they gave him a pain pill which he says helped.
Then about 4:00 pm he started crying again and said something like "shouldn't have to pay for it". I asked, "Pay for what? The biopsy?" and he said, "yes." I told him not to worry about that and he said, "He shouldn't have to pay for it." I said, "Who?" and he said, "D." who is his boss. I said, "Honey, D. isn't paying for your biopsy. He is paying for your monthly insurance." He said, "I know but he shouldn't have to." I said, "He doesn't have to. He's doing it because he wants to." Then he said something like "even though I can't go back to work now." This went on for a long time and he said, "But I want to thank him." Then he said, "I don't even see him any more." I told him that once he gets to feeling better we can go see him. I asked him if he wanted me to email him but I couldn't understand his answer. So, after giving it some thought, I decided maybe I should share this story with all of you and also say: D., my husband and I are both very appreciative that you have been paying for his insurance this whole time even though he isn't able to work now and even though he doesn't even get to see you any more.
That episode lasted for 45 minutes. Then he closed his eyes for about 15 minutes, and just now at 5:00, the TV came on as I was typing this email. I looked up and he had started using the buttons on the side of the bed. That is the first time he's even attempted that this whole hospital stay. That means he is getting more of his cognitive abilities back. Praise the Lord!
The plan is to continue steroids through the weekend and hopefully his symptoms will completely resolve with just the steroids. If not, they will consider doing plasmapharesis again which likely means an additional ten days in the hospital. Also on Monday they said we can take out the catheter to see if his bladder will work. Please, Lord, please let it work. And they are hoping the final pathology report will be back by Monday to confirm the diagnosis of tumefactive MS. They want to send him home on a tapering dose of steroids and said they want him to be on an MS drug by the time he's off the steroids. We still have a lot of praying to do about that. We are willing to do whatever the Lord wills. We haven't heard from Dr O. since Tuesday so we don't know if she will want to suggest a different course of treatment than before or suggest the same one which was taking the oral drug Imuran.
Thank you for all of your prayers and concern. Remember that with man this is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible.

Well, there you have it. I'm off to eat dinner. Thank you all SO much for the prayer!! =D

16 Greetings from Elven Friends

Anonymous said...

I am so glad your husband/father is doing so much better. We pray for him every day. What a vision/dream from God! I am glad that everything is brightning up at least a little.

God Bless,

faithngracegirl said...

I'm very glad that your dad is talking now! Praise the Lord. I'm still praying!


Anna Gray said...

I am still praying for him!

Kade said...

Wow... he saw a vision of the lost. If only I had his heart now in my body, what would my life look like?

Kade said...

you're a very brave girl.

continue praying!

Eldarwen said...

Zoe, thanks!! I'm glad he's doing better, too! 8D

Moe, me, too!! 8D

Anna, thanks!! 8D

Kade, yeah. I thought that was pretty amazing when I read that. It's so good to know that his thinking skills haven't diverted so much that he has forgotten the lost. Even when he's going through all of this, God gave him that vision and he understood it. :) Thanks! Well, with God, ALL things are possible... 8D

{Okay, sorry. I'm using this new face like crazy, because my friend Tay used it, and I thought it was adorable! 8D Is it not? 8D}

Eden said...

I'm glad to hear that your Dad is doing better. I'm praying that he continues to improve! Blessings!

P.S. Thanks for following my blog.

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm glad your dad is doing better!

Moe said...

I didn't comment on your fathers vision... that is great! I know that he has great influence for the lost. Wether it be in evangelistically (is that a word??? ) or in prayer.

On a different subject... what did ya have for dinner? *mouth watering*


Eldarwen said...

Eden, thank you so much! And, you're welcome! :D

TGE, me too!

Moe, I agree! Evangelistically.... well, if ya find a way to spell it, surely someone can't come along and tell you it's not a word, right? Because if it wasn't a word, how could you spell it? o.O jk That DOES NOT apply to every word. "Evangelistically" is the exception... not the rule. lol 8D For dinner, we actually had breakfast. :) Eggs and scones. Ooooh.... scones.... they were GOOD! Made by yours truly. ;)


Erin said...

I am so glad your dad is doing better. I've been praying for him every night and morning. And you have all these lovely followers to pray along with you and me. I know that whatever the Lord has planned for him, He will make sure you dad gets there safely :) With God ALL things are possible.

With love and prayers,
Erin <3

Renae said...

I think that God is going to use your Dad for something big. We may not know what it is, but as the Bible says, "All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord."My whole family is still praying for you and your family. Frankly, I also think you and your family are incredible to be trusting God with everything. Whether I could do that, I really don't know.

Eldarwen said...

Erin, thank you so much! I agree! I know! I love my followers! :D

Renae, thank you for praying and thanks for the encouragement! I think you're right!
No, I think you could. It's at times like this when you find you're stronger than you thought. :)


Sierra said...

Hey Eldarwen, I am definitely praying for you dad! I havn't been on blogger for a week or so, so now I just finished reading all of your updates. Trust in Jesus! "And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God" Romans 8:28


amy said...

I'm so glad that your dad is doing better! The Lord is good!! I've still been praying for him. And for all the rest of your family! How are you doing? I know it's really hard to have your parents at the hospital and be home with just your siblings!

By the way, when are you drawing the winner for your give-away? I'd really like if you picked my name as the winner(hehe), 'cause I've never won a blog give-away before. :P


Eldarwen said...

Thanks so much, Sierra and Amy!
Amy, we're doing okay here at home! Thanks so much for asking! Oh my, I totally forgot about the giveaway!! I will post about it as soon as possible!