Riding A Bike

When did it get to be mid September? Could time just stop flying?

People, there is a lot going on. Everywhere I turn there are prayer requests and struggling, hurting loved ones.

Illness, infirmity, weariness, problems and loss.

The prayer list in my mind is only getting longer, without much getting scratched off.

I have an update on The Boy. He was released from the hospital yesterday evening after another two doses of IVIG. He was admitted with counts of 8. I feel it’s safe to say the Promacta is not working, although the doctor has not taken him off of it just yet.

He dropped his classes last week. It’s hard to be a student with blinding headaches and other side effects constantly all up in your face.

He will most likely have the immune suppressant therapy soon. He is not looking forward to the chemotherapy, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. He is having a lot of pain and side effects with treatment that isn’t working, so maybe it’s time to focus on what has helped in the past.

When he had this therapy 9 years ago, he had no results for 5 months. No elevated platelet counts, no good news. It wasn’t until he had a terrible ear infection that his counts started slowly climbing. He stayed at a still low, but much safer number for quite a while before he finally achieved a fairly normal number.

I remember asking his U of M hematologist, Doctor Boxer, at the time if it was normal to have such a lag between treatment and recovery. He said it was not normal at all.

His doctors had done everything they knew to do and nothing had worked. He had suffered through the “Boxer’s Brew”, as the nurses affectionately called it, with no change to his dangerously low platelet counts.

We believe God fixed him.

We believe God used the horrible, painful ear infection to somehow jumpstart his immune system into behaving the way it was supposed to, to stop mass producing the antibodies that coat his platelets, causing his body to kill them as enemy combatants. I can’t see any other explanation.

We are asking for prayer for The Boy and The Dane. They are in this together. It will not be a walk in the park. He seems much more susceptible to side effects than he ever has in the past. It has been a difficult 4 months for them in this first year of marriage.

There is one thing we have learned from our previous experiences with our children and their medical histories, God shows up.

In so many unexpected big and little ways. He really does.

It doesn’t mean we get everything we want, when we want it, if at all. But His presence and comfort along the way make it bearable.

I feel like we are using a particular set of faith muscles we haven’t used for a while. But you never forget how. It’s like riding a bike, right?  We are counting on it.

I am reminded of the verse that God has had rolling around in my mind for the last couple of years; Is anything too hard for the LORD?  Genesis 18:14.

We are praying for another intervention from The Great Physician.



  1. sajdear said,

    September 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM


    Just wanted to know that Bill and I have added Connor as well as all his loved ones to our daily prayers. We do serve a mighty God and He is able to heal.

    God Bless, Sandra

  2. Laurie said,

    September 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Prayers for the Boy and his Dane. It has to be tough for both of them and, hopefully, it will make them an even stronger couple. Prayers for the rest of you Nuthatches as well.

  3. deb said,

    September 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    So sorry the Boy is having to go through this, but heartened that the Dane is there by his side. Prayers for a quick and strong response to treatment. A big hug sent to you.

  4. BFG said,

    September 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Ditto, Ditto, Ditto– prayers for a quick turn-around

  5. September 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Kelly there are no words to express the sadness I am feeling for “The Boy” and your entire family. Living with a chronic illness not only humbles that person it at times makes the person say WHY? Then we get right with our heart and head and go to the Lord for His healing. I will keep your family in my prayers for recovery and comfort.

    By the way we had 37 new ladies show up last Thursday for our 1st Welcome. I don’t know how many ladies we have in total but I think it must be at least 200. Mike has been working with the Men’s satellite that started last week and I have been praying with the group for the ladies evening class and the presentations will being very soon. I am still leading, Moses for the third time, and I love every chapter and word in Exodus.

  6. warrenp94 said,

    September 15, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Sorry to hear about the Boy…just keep praying and keep doing! Someone, somewhere will help pull this together!

  7. Robin said,

    September 15, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Please know the girl cousins in New York are praying for The Boy, The Dane, the remaining Nuthatch group, and each and every health care worker that crosses The Boy’s medical path. We will keep Genesis 18:14 close in our hearts and minds!

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