For those of you who have read my entry from last night...I'm feeling better today but, there is no time for stress attacks or pity parties...there are other people who are hurting and have bigger problems than mine.
Roger received this email from one of his co-workers, Kenneth, who is Josie's grandfather. She is in desperate need of our prayers. She needs healing in her body and for God to intervene in her body rejecting her lung transplant. Please pray for her but also for her family as they all go through this trying time together.
Here is Kenneth's email to his co-workers. I am removing her phone number from this email since I am posting it on the web.
Pam and I just got back from St. Louis. Just want to give an update on Josie.
My understanding is that from September to now, Josie has lost 50% of her lung function. This is due to what they call Humeral Rejection. There are several types of rejection, and this one usually strikes right after the transplant. The docs have no clue as to why after two years this has started. This rejection is natural, as it is doing what the Lord intended it to do. It has sent anti-bodies in to attack the foreign body. Which just happens to be the lungs..
What the docs have done and are proceeding to do is what they call Plasmapheresis. They are pumping the blood out of Josie, extracting the platelets with (hopefully) the anti-bodies, and putting it back in. As of today they were going with five to seven treatments. One every other day, giving the body time to produce more blood in between time. So she will be in at least another 14 days. At the end of this they will do lab work on the blood to see what the anti-bodies are up to.
Her number is ***-***-****. And with most teens she has fast fingers. And loves to use 'em. Please text as often as you can. And please continue to pray. She just wants to come home.
For the most part she is in good spirits. She is hurting some still after surgery this morning to install the lines in her veins for this procedure.
Heather is doing well. She is one strong cookie. But when she breaks, it will be ugly.
Holly, Heidi, Haley and Pam are planning to go up this weekend. Pray for traveling grace.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008