A few weeks ago my husband, Robert, was told, by the doctors, he needed to have a biopsy done on his new kidney. The most recent blood work, which he has done every three months, looked a little suspicious. The doctors needed to see IF anything was going wrong. The earliest date was about a month out. So it was time to play the wait and see game. No worries. Both my husband and I know God is good. We began praying for the kidney to be well and this to just be a small glitch. For the biopsy to show all is well.
A few days ago, while still waiting to have the biopsy, Robert had his routine appointment with the transplant doctor. He found out he completely misunderstood the reason for the biopsy. The blood work showed his body already started rejecting the kidney. The biopsy was to find out how much damage, to the kidney, has occurred so far.
Thankfully, the doctors already have a plan set in motion. Once the biopsy is done, and they know the condition of the kidney, they will start him on a 30 day plan. It will begin with two days of 6 hour sessions of IV meds. They say everyone reacts differently to the meds, but most patients get extremely sick for a week or so. The next step will be 15 days later with an 8 hour day of IV meds. This will have a severe side effect of nausea and exhaustion. The last step, in this 30 day cycle, will take place 15 days later with another two days of 6 hour sessions of IV meds. The point of the meds is to kill the antigen in his body, from the new kidney, so his body will stop rejecting it. If it doesn’t work with the first 30 day plan of meds they have a couple more, stronger meds, they could try.
According to the doctors, this (AMR~Antibody Mediated Rejection) only happens to 7% of kidney transplant recipients. They also say there is only a 50/50 chance of the meds working and his body going back to fully accepting the new kidney.
When Robert first found out about the biopsy he asked me not to tell anyone. He said he didn’t want anyone to worry. I told him I could not keep this to myself. I said I didn’t think it was a good idea. For one, I thought it would be best having more people than just us praying about this. Second, how could he go around acting as if everything was ok when it wasn’t? I’m happy to say he did take my advice and reached out to a few close friends he trusts.
When we discovered the seriousness of this and what Robert would be going through over the next few months I knew it was time for ME to reach out and ask for prayer. This was much bigger than I could handle alone.
I am OVERWHELMED with love! The calls, notes, messages, hugs and beautiful words of encouragement have filled me with God’s love. I know the next few months may totally and completely suck in regards to what Robert will be going through. But you know what? That is okay. I believe God will continue to be in every detail of my life as well as the lives of my family. There will be many many blessings given to us along the way that only come from God. I will search, each day, for these blessings from God.
Will you pray for me and my family, please? Prayers that we look past our circumstances and focus on what God has planned for us each day. That we focus on the day in front of us and not worry about what the next day may bring. Prayers to be filled, daily, with God’s love and His peace that surpasses all understanding.
The song Word of God Speak by MercyMe is my prayer for us today.