My dear friends and family!
Thank you for your patience and for your kind words of encouragement, your thoughts and prayers, and for your friendship. Doubtless this has been some of the hardest few months of my life.
First thing first, Theresa is out of the hospital down in the Bay Area. She had surgery shortly after we got there, where they placed a stint in her liver and took more biopsies. Then after a few days of intense care, they finally diagnosed her with a very, very rare auto immune liver disease. She responded well to steroid medication and we were able to leave once her numbers normalized, adding to just over three weeks we were in the hospital! She has to go back down to San Francisco to have the stint removed and have her medication changed off the steroids as those are very bad for you long term. She will be on medication for the rest of her life and will require regular monitoring/liver test to insure her liver is functioning properly. Her pain is definitely down but her liver is still very tender from all it has been through. She also has to be careful what she eats, but overall, it is a huge blessing having a diagnosis and a plan! No more wondering!
Secondly, forgive the long delay in getting any updates to you. Once we got home there was so much to do with the house and the boys. My best friend, Steve, the Navy Surgeon also organized a work day for the Saturday that we got home, so a bunch of men from church came over and helped finish the last of the wire and fill in the ditches! I believe it was that day I tore my hernia mesh. All those days and nights sitting idle then a surge of work was hard. And all the hospital coffee gave me more kidney stones. I have had them before, so I should have been smarter about it!
Anyway, I tried to manage the pain for awhile, but it kept getting worse and worse! I do see more docs this week!
I will do better about keeping you updated. To add insult to injury our internet at the house has also been crashing so I have not had consistent service in which I could log on and write to you all! Very, very frustrating!!!
Thank you all again so very much!
More to follow…
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate