I just spoke to Dr. Sonali and the biopsy results showed Andrew has mild gvhd, but it is healing. The g.i. doctor who performed the scope and the biopsy said he didn't see anything remarkable or aggressive when he scoped the gut. What does that mean? It's encouraging because he has a mild case and it's healing, responding to the therapies he has been on for his liver and other issues. With that being said, Dr. Sonali believes Andrew's liver issues may be less gvhd and more attributed to the tpn (nutritional supplement given through a tube), medication or because he hasn't eaten in over three weeks. Is this an answered prayer? I think this is what God wants at this time and I am happy Andrew doesn't have rampant and aggressive gvhd that could have given Andrew no chance to live.
The biggest issue remain his lungs. The lungs are in very poor condition. There was some tiny improvement today, as his oxygenation levels in his blood gases have gotten better and his ventilator settings showed some improvement. I had mentioned an anti-inflammatory called Etanercept which has been given to Andrew to help with his lungs and the full dosage of four doses (twice a week) has not been given yet. The last dose will be this Monday. Let's pray Andrew's lungs will respond in leaps and bounds to the Etanercept immediately.
Dr. Sonali still thinks Andrew's chances of survival are still low, but the slight improvement gives some hope and the team will continue to pursue aggressive treatment to give Andrew the best chance to recover. She said that the his improvement is not the miraculous type, but rather small incremental improvement which is encouraging. Pray that Andrew would continue to have the strength to fight!!!
Thank you for your prayers and specific ones at that! God has heard His elect. It could have very well been the other way and that would not have changed who God is. But I am sure thankful for the results. I will take this:-) Last night was a night filled with prayer and tears and I am so grateful he heard my prayers. There is still a long road ahead, but Andrew is fighting! PLEASE PRAY THAT THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A MIRACULOUS TURNAROUND!
Let's Go Andrew's Army! Thank you for the overwhelming support from all over the world. I have been getting more encouraging comments on this blog from people I have never met, compared to the ones I know:-) The body of Christ is big and strong. I thank all of you, who come from all backgrounds and religious beliefs! I thank you for all your prayers and encouragement! I thank you for praying without ceasing! Thank you!!!!