Those of you who are Facebook friends already know this, but because many of you aren't, and many of you know and love my Dad (Bob DeWaay) I've decided to share a quick health update here.
-He was recently hospitalized with a hemoglobin count of only 4. He has had multiple blood transfusions, a bone marrow biopsy and a lung biopsy.
-He has been diagnosed with Churg-Strauss syndrome. It is very rare and he is in the last stage of it (Vasculitic stage).
-It has affected his lungs, heart, kidneys, and bone marrow.
-He has fluid in his lungs and on his heart (congestive heart failure)
-His bone marrow is not producing any red blood cells.
-If he is not making red blood cells after 30 days they will do another, more extensive, lung biopsy.
-We don’t know if the damage is permanent.
-He is home now and being treated as an outpatient with blood tests on Mondays and Thursday and infusions (if needed) on Tuesdays and Fridays.
-All of this is being treated by high doses of Prednisone. If that doesn’t work they will try another immune-suppressive drug.
That is all we know right now. Please pray that he would respond to the treatment and begin producing red blood cells and, above all, that God will be glorified through all of this.
A Song of Ascents.
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.
December 2012 Update
January 9 2013 Update
January 25 2013 Update
March 7, 2013 Update
March 22, 2013 Update
April 17 2013 Update