I got to the hospital late this afternoon and found Katy looking radiant. This morning her doctor ordered meat in puree form. She had protein for breakfast and again this evening. If her amylase and lipase levels don’t change very much after that test, she may be able to come home soon. The food stayed down and she had very little nausea. That is quite a change from two days ago.
Tonight when her GI doctor came to check on her, she told him how much better she felt. He discussed with her the possibility that much of her pain, nausea, and GI trouble for the past year could be coming from an overgrowth of bacteria in her small intestine. He and his partner had decided to start her on a course of antibiotics four days ago that targets the bacteria in the bowel without circulating through her entire system. Yesterday, that “poisoned” feeling she has been complaining about for weeks had subsided. Her food, although just a few bites, was actually enjoyable for her today. When her doctor talked with her about the overgrowth of bacteria, he said, “Katy, I’ve been thinking about this and praying for wisdom for the last four days.” And at the end of the conversation he said, “I just want you to know that my partner and I are really excited that we are able to take you on as a patient.” Then he talked to her about being sure her Remicade treatments are given when they are needed; not waiting until things are so bad. He gave me the homework assignment of finding a home health care agency we liked and trusted so that he could make arrangements to have her receive Remicade infusions at home. I don’t want to be afraid of enjoying this turn of events. We’ve all seen how quickly things can change. But tonight I feel like jumping for joy. If so many of her troubles have come from a simple bacteria, then there may be an equally simple solution to get her feeling a lot better. There is no “cure” for HPS, but we have been told all along that it is possible to live a much more normal life with HPS than what Katy has experienced so far.
Thank you, Father, for giving us a doctor who knows where to go to acquire wisdom. Thank you for the loving care Katy has received at this new hospital. Thank you for the peace and radiance that Katy has because of her total faith in your plan for her life. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!Comments: