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Posted 2018-09-09T07:20:54Z

Update from the home front

We've been home a month and Samuel has been monitored weekly in Anchorage and also by the long term Seattle care team from afar.  Last week Samuel's liver levels had quadrupled and this week they haven't improved.  Some other blood levels have been declining.  The Seattle team said the liver levels indicate late acute graft vs host disease in his liver.  They aren't requiring a liver biopsy, but are asking for some extra tests this coming week and also want the weekly checks in Anchorage to continue.  Thankfully the first line of help doesn't include steroids.  We would appreciate continued prayers for healing of his liver and for the other levels to come up to normal.

We had quite an entourage welcoming us home at the airport.  We expected John Mark to pick us up after work, but we were also greeted by dear friends from our church and by the Bailey family.  Some people at the airport wondered who had turned 103, but the balloons were celebrating our return after 130 days in Seattle.  Even Milo, Suzanna's dog, was beyond excited to see Samuel.  It is great to be home together!  We thank you all for the love and support that has carried us through this summer and we look forward to seeing the continued faithfulness of the Lord in our lives.  The song "Do It Again" by Elevation has meant a lot to me this summer.  Here is a link to the song and the words to the chorus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B_lnQIITxU

"Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I'm still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed"

 

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Comments (16)

  • Sarah Spurek
    Sarah Spurek

    Praying! Love you both!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Amy Grier
    Amy Grier

    We will certainly continue to pray. I love and miss you guys!❤️

    one year ago · Reply
    • Karen Wenger
      Karen Wenger

      Thanks, Amy! Love and miss you too!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Lael Hibshman
    Lael Hibshman

    Sending up prayers for Samuel!!

    one year ago · Reply
    • Karen Wenger
      Karen Wenger

      Thank you! Was just thinking yesterday what a blessing Andrew was to us in Seattle. We send our love to you both!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Bob Messer
    Bob Messer

    Prayers being said in New Hampshire. Stay strong!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Delores E. Topliff
    Delores E. Topliff

    With you I'm thankful for the warm welcome home and every step of progress but looked up the med. term you provided and realize it is time for solid specific prayers to so invite God's power that every last trace and symptom are annihilated. Thanks for updating us. Strong prayers and much love continue coming your way!

    one year ago · Reply
    • Karen Wenger
      Karen Wenger

      Thank you so much! GVHD is serious. What we're dealing with now isn't out of control, so we appreciate the prayers to see it turned around without it escalating any further.

      one year ago · Reply
  • Michael Bailey
    Michael Bailey

    Thanks for the update - you are in our thoughts and prayers. Great picture!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Kevin Brandes
    Kevin Brandes

    Thanks for the update and you all will be in my prayers.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Diane Debigare
    Diane Debigare

    Will definitely be praying. Thanks for the update. Love you guys.❤️❤️

    one year ago · Reply
    • Karen Wenger
      Karen Wenger

      Thank you, love you too!

      one year ago · Reply
  • Donald A. Winston
    Donald A. Winston

    Thank you for the update: continue to pray for that host graft situation to get under control! So encouraging to be surrounded by friends as you report! Would like to see you guys too! Miss you all!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Kelly Marre
    Kelly Marre

    It’s so good to hear from you all. I continue to pray for Samuel and your family.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Josiah Keller
    Josiah Keller

    Will pray for this specifically. Lots of love for you all.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Sue Sampsen
    Sue Sampsen

    Praying for Samuel and all of you. Thanks for the update. Sending love to you all.

    one year ago · Reply