Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Only Possible Word

Joe is doing just great.  It's hard to believe it has only been 2 1/2 short months since his transplant.

We knew from the very beginning that God had His hand over the whole situation.  What I didn't know is how perfect His plan would continue to be.

Right away, Joe started feeling better.  Within DAYS his creatine (toxins) levels were back to normal.  Everything went as well as, if not better than, expected.  We got accustomed to doctors telling us how amazed they were with his progress. And we're not talking about some third-rate operation. This is Mayo Clinic; the BEST in the WORLD for transplants.  Every milestone seemed to be reached earlier than expected.  He was even allowed to come home last month.

When he left, they told him that he would still need to come back periodically for check-ups.  He went back two weeks after being home and then again three weeks after that, which was Thursday.  Once again, all the tests came back with great news.  The new kidney is doing her share of work, and then some.  She has filtered his toxins down to a level equivalent to that of a normal person.  His blood pressure is under control and his water retention is obsolete.  But that's pretty average for any transplant patient.  What continues to astound the doctors is Joe's body's complete acceptance of this foreign kidney.

Our bodies are amazing in that they know automatically when there is a foreign substance.  Our immune system automatically fights this new invader.  In the case of a transplant, we don't want the body to fight the new kidney.  Therein lies the perfect balance of immuno-suppressant medication.  Too much, and Joe will catch every cold, flu, or worse that wisps by on a breeze.  Too little, and his body will reject the kidney.

Immediately following the surgery, the doctors put Joe on three anti-rejection medications.  Through blood tests, they realized quickly that it was overload.  When he was released from the hospital, they took him off one of the medications.  He was taking 14 pills per day for the other two.

As I mentioned, he went down Thursday for a routine check-up.  He has been doing so well, they have now reduced his anti-rejection medication to FOUR pills per day!  From 14 to 4.  In only 2 1/2 months.  In fact, his white blood cell count shows that they are not even fighting the kidney.  All of this is astounding to the doctors.  The only possible word is: miracle. 

where Glory meets my suffering