We were encouraged first on Friday, when Theo's labs started to look a little bit better. Still, there were some conflicting signs (his creatine was down while his BUN was up, when typically they move in the same direction), so we were anxiously awaiting Theo's lab results this morning. While his numbers are still not perfect, his creatinine has dropped to 0.85 (a normal adult level, but a little bit high for a kid), and his BUN also dropped. I can't explain how thrilled, or how overwhelmed, we feel. We've been patiently waiting for this day for several weeks, and we are so thankful to get to it without another setback.
We continue to pray that Theo's kidney function will improve even more, so that Dubya will last him a very long time. The better his labs look now, the more likely the kidney will survive longer. Typically, transplanted kidneys only last 10-15 years, at which point the recipient needs another transplant, but we are hoping that Dubya will power Theo significantly longer.
|His shirt reads: I have 3 Kidneys. KAPOW!!! What's your superpower?|
As you can imagine, we feel like our blessings are overflowing right now. I'm cautious, too, though, as Theo has had several "good news days" followed by less-than-stellar developments. Still, we are thankful for being where we are right now. It's been clear to us over the past few days that Theo's kidney must be working because his energy level has been ridiculously high, he's started to drink out of a sippy cup again (for the first time since December), and his physical development has been remarkable. Two weeks ago I thought it would be months before he started crawling again, yet now he is crawling, rolling over, pulling up, and holding onto our hands and walking. Theo is a miracle.
We are thrilled to share this positive news with all of our faithful prayer partners and friends. Thank you for walking alongside of us as we've waited for this good news!