New Blog for Nathanael

We recently started fundraising with COTA to cover Nathanael's medical expenses, so updates about him will be on his new blog from now on: Please check out the blog, pictures, and opportunities to help, and feel free to pass along the link to others. We appreciate your concern!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Please pray (from Brad)

Sunday night, Nathanael developed a full body rash that the doctor today diagnosed as graft v. host disease. For some reason, either related to his central line infection or just because, his body has started to reject the transplant.

As I’ve had it explained to me, GVH (graft v. host) comes in two forms, acute and chronic. Chronic is lifelong and therefore must be controlled over the course of one’s lifetime, like someone who’s had an organ transplant and has to take medication their whole life so their body doesn’t reject it. Acute can be controlled and managed until such a time that it isn’t a factor anymore. I guess as long as it doesn’t become chronic, then they can treat it until his immune system recovers to where it won’t be a risk anymore. Thankfully, Nathanael is dealing with acute GVH right now.

Bree and Nathanael are in the hospital as they have been for the past ten days. Hopefully, they can come back to the apartment in a day or two but they will be in Cincinnati for an indefinite amount of time.

This is obviously difficult to deal with. We were making plans for everyone to come home and now it will just be Jamison and me. Hopefully, it will just be a matter of weeks before they release Nathanael to Texas and not longer.

God is in control, period, and He is always good.

UPDATE: The GVH rash is beginning to clear, but it looks like Nathanael will still be in the hospital through Easter Sunday. Please continue to pray!

1 comment:

  1. So sorry to hear about the GVHD. So scary. Hopefully they found it early and can treat it. We will be praying for knowledge for the doctors and for little Nathanael's body, for the donor cells to feel at home in Nathanael's body.
    Melissa Merriman