Monday, March 2, 2009

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The big news of the day is that Krista is having an easier time getting up and using the walker to get to the commode. She's done it over and over, and usually needs just a little assistance to get there, and just a good push up to get back. It is so much nicer for her to be able to take care of business outside of the bed.

We also discovered that Krista's pureed diet restriction doesn't just mean mashed potatoes or cream of wheat. There's an actual pureed foods menu! We were expecting everthing to be liquified, but the pureed dishes seem to be ground up versions of the original. So the turkey and gravy entree is a ground turkey patty with gravy poured over it; the hamburger is like a salisbury steak. The foods are soft enough for her to lightly chew. The only drawback is that the brown gravy on the hamburger was too acidic for Krista to enjoy without pain.

The rest of the day takes much longer to explain the whole story... and due to the sensitive nature of the topic I'm going to spare you the details of the journey. The end if it is that what the doctors had thought was a "period" Krista has had since before Valentine's Day is really a different problem in that area that causes some pain but doesn't appear to be immediately dangerous. There are still some unknowns about the particulars: it could be due to a something like a hemorrhoid, it could be from an infection, or it could be a cyst. They would need to take a biopsy to be sure, but because Krista's platelets are low they cannot risk making an incision.

So we are praising God for the good progress, and continuing to ask for His protection and healing -- and patience and wisdom along the way!

Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
(James 5:10-11)

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