Thursday, June 4, 2009


It's been three days of improvement now. Krista stood up a lot and felt good with it too. She put some music on and swayed around. She was able to make lunches and take care of some things around the house. It's good to see her taking more independent steps. She even started taking her Shaklee supplements for the first time since the transplant.

But it hasn't been all positives. The steroids that she has been taking have been making her have extreme hunger swings which sometimes hit soon after eating. Even after being stuffed by the In-n-Out Burgers Katherine Marton brought us for dinner (thanks Katherine!), Krista still had an incredible burst of starvation hunger about a half-hour later.

The steroids can also play with her emotions. This evening she was reading about some of the long-term probable effects of the transplant -- cataracts, nerve damage, sunburn sensitivity, etc. So when she developed some small mouth sores tonight, it triggered a flood of fears. She said that she feels like a prisoner in her own body. She just wants to be normal and to be able to help others rather than always be focused on herself and her problems. I reminded her that today was about the most normal day she's had! Oh, those steroids... it's probably time to start taking a break in between doses.

Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
for the LORD will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being snared.
(Proverbs 3:25-26)

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