Monday, August 23, 2010

August 13 - Ask and you shall receive

Ask and you shall receive. God worked another miracle in our lives yesterday.
The dialysis is working so well, that PK's creatinine level dropped by 33%.
Praise God. The phrenologist had set our expectations for a very small drop
(1%) and his nurse was excited to hear the number this morning. We are not
doing back flips as we must maintain cautious optimism, but we did cry tears of

So, what does this mean? Only God knows. This does not confirm anything about
her kidneys as it has only been 24 hours. I compare this to the "Biggest
Loser", when after week one they all lose a ton of weight. Some keep losing the
next week, some don't lose any. As the nurse said, we only have one data point
which doesn't tell us anything. We do know that God can drop the level how he
sees fit. We do know that God can start those kidneys whenever he wants to.
Sarah and I are continuing to be patient and prayerful.

The verse I keep on my heart is: "Do not be anxious about anything but in
everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to
God." Philippians 4:6

Many of you have asked about her brain activity. We have been so focused on her
kidneys, that I have not mentioned it in a few days. We are now one week from
her seizure activity. She has been receiving a small amount of medication for
it, and thankfully no seizure activity has come back. She will be having
another EEG today to look at her brain activity. Thankfully, the same doctor
who read her previous two EEGs will be reading this one as well even though we
changed hospitals.

Praise: She took a bottle for the first time yesterday, which is a huge step,
because it shows she can breathe while eating and not choke. Sarah got to give
the first bottle and I got to give the second. Note: She burps like a 16 year
old boy.

The Prayers:
1. Pray that Porter's kidneys kick into full gear so that the dialysis is

2. Pray that creatinine level continues to drop so we can get to a normal level.
3. Pray that the EEG results are positive, showing no seizures and normal brain
activity levels.
4. Pray that the seizures we saw last Friday were an isolated incident and do
not return.

5. Pray that Porter has the strength and determination only God can give to keep

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