Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Another Good Report

This was another day of blessing. We went to the hematologist today and Kathryn's labs were all good with the exception of the amylase and lipase levels being elevated again. Kathryn had suspected that would be the case because the pain in her left side and back returned during the night. However, today's start of the new medication to thin the bile in the pancreas (Actigall) is fast acting and does not have the side effects of Urso. We are hopeful that Kathryn will be eating again soon, and these pancreatic malfunctions will subside. The Methotrexate is working perfectly, and labs do not show any signs of liver distress. The hematologist was also astonished as he examined her because she is better in so many ways. He remembered her six weeks ago sitting in her wheelchair unable to get up on the exam table. Her legs were covered in band-aids and she was bruised everywhere. This week her skin was clear, the wounds were healed, her abdomen was normal, and she was able to walk, talk, and laugh!

Before we left the office her doctor said, "So the next time an HPS patient with albinism from India walks into my office, I'll start with Methotrexate at the top of the list." Those are one in a million odds, but hey, it happened once! Kathryn hasn't been able to eat for a couple of days, but I think she is going to do very well because she has so much more hope and so little complications to her drugs. We are talking more excitedly every day about her senior project, and this time I really believe she is going to make it.

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.
Dale Carnegie


  1. Wonderful! I love the joy of this! Let me tell you, I have so much respect for you trying to finish school right now, Kathryn. Honestly, it's hard enough to do while healthy much less while ill. It is such a blessing to hear reports of God's faithfulness and answers to prayer -- He really does give us all we need to do His work in this world! Love to you all, Aleah

  2. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Also, Heather, my young seeker, walked into the kingdom tonight,invited Jesus into her heart and life! Hallelujah! Love, Aunt Lil