Monday, November 9, 2009

Day 1 Treatment in Arizona

Dear Family and Friends,

I haven't updated our blog in a while and I apologize. Here is what has been going on:

About October 21 Mark started showing some flu-like symptoms and we ended up at the hospital because we could not get his fever down. Our doctor thought that his port might possibly infected but the blood work came back negative and everything looked fine.

The next week he also had fever, headache and shaking again and after those symptoms persisted and he started having difficulty breathing we again ended up in the ER. All the tests they ran seemed to show that everything was fine and so again we went home.

His liver doctor ordered CT scans and tests to make sure everything is OK. We still don't have all the results of all those tests so you can be praying about that.

We had a good trip on Saturday out here to Phoenix, we were totally spoiled sitting in first class! Wow! What a great experience that was!

We made it to our condo just in time to watch Bama play!!! The condominium we are staying at is amazing the view is awesome from the balcony- we are so thankful for this great place to live for two weeks.

We are overflowing with gratitude to all of you who have made this possible for Mark to be here! We have had so much confirmation from the Lord that this is where we are supposed to be and we know He used so many of you to make that possible for us.

Day 1 of treatment didn't go exactly as we had thought. We got to the treatment center and were both very pleased with everything and everyone we met!

However, after they accessed his port he had another reaction with chills, shaking, fever and headache. The doctors at the medical center felt after they heard our history of the past 3 weeks that his port must be infected in some way even though the blood work didn't show it yet.

They had to send us to a local hospital where they did testing and came to the same conclusion that his port must be infected.

We will go at 7a.m. to the hospital for a procedure to have his port removed. It is an outpatient procedure and we should be finished at the hospital at noon and able to drive to the medical center and resume treatment.

Please be in pray for Mark as it took a lot out of him today and he needs his strength. We are praying that the port is indeed the cause for all of the recent problems.

The weather here is absolutely beautiful and Mark and I both have enjoyed sitting out in the warm sun and soaking up the rays!

We feel the prayer support and cannot convey how much that means to us!

I will update tomorrow evening and let you know how everything went.

With much love and gratitude,

Mark and Lee

Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always, Again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentleness be known to all men, the Lord is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to god:
and the peace of God,which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great update, Lee. We are surely praying hard. I asked the ladies in my Bible study class this evening to really pray these next two weeks. I hope the port removal went well and that Mark is well on his way to receiving the treatment that he went to get. I'm so glad you have such a great place to 'hang out' while you're there. Love, G