Thursday, February 4, 2016

75 days inpatient - Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016...75 days in the hospital

BJ has been extremely exhausted. That's what this treatment does, so it's expected. He definitely isn't having the horrible side effects that this treatment is known to cause. Over the past couple weeks, his bilirubin has gone up and come back down. The concern was that it was high and that the stent in his bile duct was possibly blocked. But his ultrasound looked unchanged from the one just after the stent was placed. The GI doc even came to talk to us about going back for another ERCP to replace his stent with a larger one. BJ was not in agreement with that idea, neither was I. His medical team agreed, and decided to just watch his bilirubin levels for now. Miraculously, and after much prayer, his bilirubin started going back down to normal levels. The medical team said they didn't really have an explanation for the decrease. We just smile, because that's a simple answer's God. When we step back and look at where we've been and where we are, we absolutely see God's work here. Even some of the medical team is agreeing that something else is at work here. BJ's response to that? He prayed that people would see God through this fight, and he is happy that his prayers are being answered. BJ's mental strength and steadfast faith in God continue even through his profound physical weakness and this tiring monumental fight.

As far as his blood counts go, his white blood cell count is still less than 0.1 (expected); with 2 units of platelets yesterday, his count today was 32k (awesome for him!); with 2 units of blood on Tuesday, his hemoglobin was above 10 today (good!). His electrolytes were a little off, but since he's back on IV nutrition again, they can add what's needed to his bag of TPN.

We're still praying for the total elimination of nausea, the increase of appetite, with resulting weight gain and muscle strength, no more pain, no more swelling, no more obstacles to his complete healing. And more importantly, we are thanking God for the good work that he has began in BJ. We are praising God for all our blessings.

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have LIFE, and have it abundantly." John 10:10

"Your kingdom come. Your will be done, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN." Matthew 6:10

"For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you WILL PERFECT IT until the day of Christ Jesus." Philipians 1:6

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6: 11-12

"In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." Ephesians 6:16

And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and IT WILL MOVE; and NOTHING will be impossible to you. Matthew 17:20

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