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Answered Prayer

praying hands bibleAs I mentioned in an earlier post, Overwhelmed, Robert and I both eventually reached out and asked for prayers after finding out Robert’s new kidney was being rejected.  Several friends and family had asked if they could add our prayer requests to prayer chains they were a part of.  Of course we said ‘yes’.  As far as I’m concerned prayer could only help, not hurt.  There were people all over the country praying for Robert the family and I.

Some were prayers for Robert and I to be filled with God’s peace as we waited for the day of the biopsy.  Others were for God to have His hand over all the details of the biopsy and for all to go well.  There were prayers for God to guide the hands of the doctor performing the procedure.  Many prayed for Robert and I to rest in the fact that God had it all under control.  Some prayed for the results of the biopsy.  Prayers the doctor would be told Robert’s kidney was healthy and it had not been affected by the rejection which had begun. trust & believe

I prayed for similar things but in a slightly different way.  I told God I knew how awesome and powerful He was.  I knew He could do anything and nothing was impossible for Him.  I believed God would protect the kidney Robert recently received.  I asked God for the doctors to be baffled by the results of the biopsy because it would show no damage having occurred.  I was asking God for a miracle because I knew He could do it!

At 9 o’clock on a Friday night, eight days after the procedure, which felt like a month, Robert received a call from the doctor.  While he was talking to the doctor on the phone, I couldn’t tell if it was good news or bad.  Robert had very little to say.  I think Robert was speechless.  The doctor was telling him the results showed the kidney had suffered NO DAMAGE!  They thought they mixed the results up with another patient because it didn’t make sense.  They were expecting to see damage.  The point of the biopsy was to find out how much damage had occurred, not if there was damage.

Keep Calm Powerful GodOur specific prayers, that were expected to be answered in a mighty and awesome way, were.  I wish I could personally thank and hug each and every person who has been praying for me and my family.  It means more than I can express with words.

All week I’ve been sharing, with anyone who would listen, how awesome God is and how He answered our prayers.  By sharing, I hope to encourage others to reach out to God with their requests.  I believe God will reveal Himself to those who do, in a wonderful way.  I believe God does answer EVERY prayer.  We might not get the exact answer we’re hoping for, but God will answer.  We must trust that God’s plans for us are far greater than anything we could imagine or hope for.

Do you pray for things in general or are you specific with details when talking to God?  Has God answered a specific prayer of yours?  If He has, I encourage you to share.  It’s encouraging to others and helps you remember the power of God and how much He loves you.

My prayer for us today ~ Lord, thank you for the gift of prayer.  May we take time, throughout each day, to be more specific when lifting up our prayers to You, whether it be praise, thanksgiving or requests, Amen

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A Joyful Heart

joyful heartThis past week I’ve sensed the Lord and His hand in the details of my life.  I’ve felt and seen Him work in my life many times before, but this week has been different.  I’m not quite sure how to explain it.  In the midst of the unknown medical situation Robert is dealing with concerning his kidney, I feel an overwhelming sense of peace and joy.

Thursday morning was Roberts’s kidney biopsy.  Everything went amazingly well, better than in the past.  They gave him something that completely relaxed him.  He slept through most of the recovery.  Then before we knew it, it was time to take him home.  We were home much sooner than expected and happy it was behind us.  Robert slept the rest of the day and the rest of us had a quiet relaxing evening.

Friday morning Robert announced he had planned a surprise night away for us and all the details for this to happen were taken care of.  He wanted to have some alone time together before he starts the new meds and becomes sick.  I was speechless!  He had never done anything like this before.  We have had many getaways, but we always planned them together.  Our time away started with a wonderful dinner and ended the next afternoon with a late lunch and a little shopping.

On Sunday, 3/9/14, I shared my story of healing at the church we attend, Covenant Community Chruch.  It was truly an amazing experience.  To my surprise I wasn’t nervous about sharing my story.  I prayed continually throughout the week for God’s peace and trusted I would be given the words He wished for me to share.  Of course I did prepare and practice, I’m not TOTALLY crazy!  Sharing the beautiful stories God has given me fills my heart with joy.

I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you. Psalm 22:22

After the service I had the privilege of praying, with others, for those who wished to be anointed with oil and prayed over for healing.  Praying for others, lifting their prayers up to God Almighty, calling upon the Holy Spirit, is incredible.  I asked God to help me remember who I prayed for so I can connect with them at a later time to see how they are doing.  I can’t wait to hear how God revealed Himself to them and answered their prayers.

O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.  Psalm 30:2

What I thought would be a long dreadful week of waiting for Robert’s test results has been a week filled with divine appointments.  Robert’s mind has been kept busy with continued Chaplain training.  He has been surrounded by other Chaplains and Pastors who have been encouraging and uplifting, right when he needs it most.  I believe this is all part of God’s perfect timing.  God is so good!

I’ve also been kept busy, but not in an overwhelming way.  I’ve had time to work on my daily bible study, edit my manuscript and enjoy my family. I even had time to enjoy lunch with a new friend.  This might sound crazy, but I’ve even enjoyed doing the little daily things like laundry and dishes.

I heard this song on the radio today while heading out to pick up the kids.  It’s a constant prayer I have.

My prayer for us today ~ Lord I pray you give us the opportunity to share with others how you are working in our lives. I pray you prepare the hearts of those who will hear our testimonies and it will point them to You, Amen

Overwhelmed

sunflowerA 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.Matthew 19 26

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.Love never fails

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.

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