UPDATE: This morning Debbie had her first visit with a doctor since returning to the States. We feel so blessed that we were able to see a specialist so quickly. The doctor was very kind and spent nearly an hour with us. He began by assuring us that the care we had received in Peru was good. He had already studied all of the lab reports and other work from Peru. He came in the room already very familiar with the situation. The doctor had excellent "bed side manner" which was a blessing.
We have mixed feelings about today's visit. The bad news is that the doctor says that Debbie does indeed have cirrhosis of the liver. The extent of the damage and the exact cause is still not clear at this time. The doctor said that because of Debbie's young age she would likely need a transplant in the future. Doctors can obviously not give any real timetable at this moment. The good news is that her liver function tests are close to normal and a transplant would not be necessary soon. In simple terms, the issues with her spleen and low blood counts are results of liver damage. Doctors will manage these problems and the portal vein hypertension with medications. The doctor suspects that her low platelet count and low white blood cell count will stabilize in the near future.
Debbie had a massive amount of blood testing done today. Debbie will have an endoscopy procedure with further banding of varices in a couple of weeks. Follow-up work, diagnosis and treatment will of course continue for some time. Needless to say we will continue to need your prayers now and for a long time to come. We do feel at peace though after today's appointment.
We are basically unpacked and settling in to the mission home here. God has blessed us so richly with great Christian friends all around us. We already miss Peru, our friends and the ministry there. However we know God has perfect plans for our family. We love you all....John
Dylan update: (57 days and counting) We do NOT have results back regarding his lung biopsy. It may not be until tomorrow now. Doctors did make their rounds and their focus today is getting his pain under control and his potassium to the correct level. Dylan continues to need a lot of pain medicine just to be "semi-comfortable." He is also requiring oxygen at night as he sleeps. With no clear plan in sight @ the moment, we are definitely taking everything one day at a time. My leave-of-absence from work is up August 1st, which I plan to extend as soon as possible. Please keep Dylan and the rest of our family in your thoughts and prayers www.lyon911.com