Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday update - May 20th

We may not have much to report for a while as Theo continues the recovery process.  As a result, our blog posts will not be as frequent.  If we don't have an update, it means that we are still praying for Theo's kidney and bowels to work again!

At this stage, Theo is still sedated and on a ventilator, his belly is still huge, and he is receiving dialysis to take some of the pressure off his kidney.  Dialysis helps to regulate the toxins in his body and remove fluid/reduce swelling.  There is almost nothing that the doctors can do to speed up his bowels or make his kidney recover, so the treatment at this stage is to support him until his body is able to work properly on its own.  

Nick reminded me of the lyrics to "Great is Thy Faithfulness" today.  (Such a great hymn.) This verse, in particular, encouraged me today.  We continue to have bright hope for tomorrow.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Ok, enough about Theo!  Many of you have asked how Whitney is doing.  Let me tell you, I have one amazing sister.  The world is a better place because of her.  While she is still in pain, and still recovering, you would never know it.  She is genuinely honored that she could donate her kidney to Theo.

I don't post this to solicit donations, but instead to allow you all to read about her experience in her own words.  My family has formed a team to walk in the San Francisco Kidney Walk on June 2nd, and if you click the link, you can read Whit's story.

Thanks for your continued prayers!

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