And He said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Update Day 2 and Day 3

Sorry for no updates yesterday.  It's continuing to be a whirlwind tour, but we are grateful for the physicians here as they seem to be taking a proactive approach to test, uncover, and truly get to the bottom of M's diagnosis.  Yesterday, Tuesday, was a very long day for M as she began the morning doing a 4 hour IQ exam to determine what damage, if any has taken place.  Praise the Lord!!!!  M's results indicate that from an IQ point of view she is still just as brilliant as her original IQ exam found in 2008.  While that indeed is good news, it was not able to answer or provide insight as to why M can be forgetful with certain words, important life events, or even names as you have possibly heard us explain or been witness to...After the IQ Exam, we went off to do an EMG (Electromyography) Test.  This was another 2 hour test and then finally we did a test that we had never heard of....a Thermoregulatory Test or "Sweat Test."  This was another 2 hour test that as you see by the pic, left my Princess looking...well, pretty purple... and of course I couldn't help but to immediately start singing upon first sight The Flying Purple People Eater.  Although, I do need to clarify that it should be perceived that we see it that M needed to watch out for a monster in Rochester that ate Purple People...Rim Shot, please.....
Mayo Turned her Purple!!!
Then it was off to a really long shower and done for the day.  Before our day was officially over we did dine at a fine Italian Ristorante where the Lord provided for two awesome encounters and two new friends.  The folks in the area are so friendly.  Please pray for our new friend, L, who has a tough decision as to moving forward on her treatment with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

We had an early start today, day 3.  M was admitted into a detached Mayo hospital, Saint Mary's.  She was admitted into the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) for evaluation.  This is the fourth EMU to monitor M. The goal for our time here is to have a lot of seizures for Mayo to observe and use in their diagnosis/treatment plan.  Please pray that the docs will get the information they need because M has only had one seizure so far today (which was caught in the study), but has not had anymore since then, which is odd because she had 8 on Monday.  The doc said he wants to create the worst case scenario.  Thus, the goal is to record as many seizures as possible while she's in the EMU and then do a couple more tests back at Mayo.  Then, she will have follow-ups with the physicians and hopefully determine a treatment plan.

As of right now, we aren't sure as to how long we will be in the EMU, but our hope is to be out by tomorrow or early Friday allowing us to come home sooner and be with Critter. M has to have a lot of seizures in the next 12+ hours for that to happen, though.

Please pray again for our new friend L and her treatment decision for her cancer.

Please pray for M and her strength.

Please pray for the docs and staff that they truly can find out what is happening and that a treatment option, that will be successful, will present itself. 

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