Here is an email that my Mother wrote about our latest condition. If you have time I would appreciate you taking the time to read the email and pray. Thanks. You may not know it but you all have encouraged me through this site with our partnering in the gospel together. Again, thanks.
“We’re out of ideas.” Not exactly what you ever want your doctor to say, but this was the news we received on Tuesday. Kevin’s case has been examined and re-examined by every medical brain Dartmouth has to offer, he has been tested for every obvious and obscure condition, and his transplant doc admits that everyone (and I mean everyone) is baffled. Both he and the doctor in charge of plasmapheresis (whom our transplant doc describes as the most brilliant man he knows) were convinced that the plasma treatments would be the answer. But after 3 weeks, they are back to square one, seeing no results that indicate any real improvement and so plasmapheresis has been discontinued. Whatever it is that caused his original kidney failure is back at work on the transplant, and nothing they have tried to do is reversing it. For now, he will be continuing chemo (4 infusions over 10 days and then a week off) and his next two treatments will be Friday and Tuesday in Keene. We are thankful not to be making 3 trips a week to Dartmouth for awhile.
The latest new development is a serious joint inflammation in his knee making it impossible for him to walk. His knee started stiffening up on Friday, and by Sunday he couldn’t stand or walk. On Monday he could only get around by wheelchair. On Tuesday when we went up for his chemo and transplant appointment, they got him right in with the rheumatologist on his case after seeing his knee. The doctor drained a surprising amount of fluid and gave him a cortisone shot, but as of today he has seen little improvement and can only hobble around with a crutch. Cam has been with us since Saturday…I don’t know what I would have done without her help (and keeping us laughing). =) He has had this rotating joint pain for months that comes and goes at random, but nothing has ever lasted this long or been this swollen and painful. So whether it is related to everything else or something completely new—yep, you guessed it…no one knows. If it hasn’t improved by Friday, they may schedule an MRI to see what’s going on in there.
The team of doctors at Dartmouth now feels they need to send him to Boston for a fresh set of eyes and some additional brain power. We don’t know the date yet, but he will probably be going to Beth Israel for a consultation in the next week or two.
As we take this next step…to quote John Piper again, “The question is not whether ______________ is easy, but whether Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Fill in the blank with your own circumstances. We all wrestle at times with questions, but it’s all about asking the right ones. I can never be reminded of that too often.