Good Reports

Sorry to be so long in updating the blog. I’ve sent a couple updates by email that didn’t make the blog. If you’re not on our email list and want to be, just let us know.

We had a good week with test results. While Tuesday didn’t show much change in neutrophils (they’re low, but OK), it did see his liver enzymes drop considerably, from over 100 to down in the 80-85 range. Then Friday they dropped even further (75-80) AND the “toxic metabolytes” dropped for the first time since we removed his medicine. This is a good sign, indicating that his immune system is working to supress them. There also was an increase in one of the “B Cell” measurements that the doc told me he couldn’t explain. :) So definitely a good report week. Yeah!

Now our big challenge looks to be getting on the same page with the docs about our departure date. First of all, we need the numbers to continue to improve (or just hold in some cases). We’ll have tests again this Tuesday and Friday and Julie is scheduled to fly home to Wisconsin the following Wednesday. We’re holding on to hope (however slim) that we could all go home together. I suspect that if the numbers continue to improve this week that we’ll have a conversation on Friday. I don’t think they’re going to be wild about letting Josh go that quickly, but I also expect that if we don’t speak up at some point, Josh and I would probably be out here for another month or more. Joshua’s health has to come first of course, but unless the docs are adamant that he not leave, we will all be home for his brother’s birth.

So for you praying types, thank God for good reports, pray for more like them, pray for discernment about if/when it may be time to say “sorry docs, but we’re outta here” and keep praying for Julie and baby #2 of course. :)

Josh continues to be his unflappable self. It really is remarkable how well he is handling this lengthy confinement. He never complains and almost always seems to be enjoying himself. I asked him to write something for the blog, and here’s what he wrote:

puzzledHi everyone, 

I am having a great time and simply can’t wait to get home! I’m going to be taking a trip with my dad for a week to Kentucky to do some stuff! Actually alot of stuff. I’m Going to Mammoth cave, a water park, a zoo etc. I also really miss my cats too!

Can’t wait to see you all soon,

Josh

 

Julie is fine and looking forward to being home for the last month of her pregnancy. I’m enjoying our “adventure” with the exception of my ongoing sleeping troubles. I think I managed 7-8 hours last night, the only problem was it took me 12 hours to get it.

I’m skipping most of the details on things for the sake of brevity. If anyone wants to hear more about what’s going on out here, just email, call or Skype us. If you need our Skype names, just email.

Many Blessings,

Clark, Julie, Joshua & Timmy (we think:)

2 Responses to “Good Reports”

  1. Heather Says:

    Josh,

    Glad to hear last week went well. Your trip to Kentucky sounds like it will be a lot of fun! I am sure your cats miss you too. I hope the rest of your week it super fantastic.

    Take care,

    Heather

  2. Jennifer Says:

    The Kentucky trip sounds great!

    I will continue to pray for all of you!

    ~Jennifer

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