Thursday, January 7, 2010

Medical Survivor

Today has been an eventful day. We have been visited by TEAMS of doctors who specialize in various fields (i.e. - Neurology, Neuro Surgery, Epilepsy, and Infectious Diseases). Each team has a number of options that they think might explain why Anita has been having these seizures. It almost seems like a reality TV competition where each team tries to win by figuring out what is wrong with Anita. the way they do that is by figuring out what is not the problem and then seeing what they have left.

For example, because we have spent so much time in Malawi, the Infectious Disease team wants to test Anita for Malaria, TB, and various parasites. If all their tests come back negative, they have eliminated their strongest suspicions and they are out of the game. If one of the tests comes back positive, then they will look at treatment options and see if that stops the seizures (then I guess they win the game and we are all happy).

Anita has had at least six seizures today. The good news is that the Epilepsy team has glued about 20 wires to her head and has her on electrical and video surveillance. They have recoded the waves from each seizure and at the bottom of their computer screen is a real-time video of Anita going through the seizure. Everything is done through camera (mounted on our ceiling) and computer monitors in our room and other rooms in the hospital. Doctors can even log onto the Internet at home and watch her in real time (no, I don't have the link).

12 comments:

M or J said...

Wow! Praise the Lord - you sure have the best of the best working on her, so many of the best at that! Still praying for you guys. Thanks for the updates.

Mrs. Recinos said...

We have been praying for Anita and your family all week. I keep remembering how remarkable it was that she underwent her appendectomy here, where she had the opportunity to share the Lord with all of the medical staff. God has a plan for all of this, and he has brought your family to a great medical center. Let us know if there is any way that we can help. You both are definitely in our prayers.

B-Bon said...

I was beginning to think you were describing an episode of "House". Thankful UCLA is real & not a 'show'! Keeping you all in prayer. Our God is faithful and true.
Bonnie W.

Natalie said...

Fervently praying! Praising God too for medical technology. Please give Anita my love.

Caroline Gill said...

Thanks for keeping us posted, Brian. We are all on tenterhooks praying and waiting for good news.
Praise God for all His provisions of help for you and your family!!
Love from all the Gills

Nana said...

Thank you for the undate Brian, we are praying for wisdom for the doctors, and for you and Anita and the little ones. Have told Doug and he is praying as well.
God be with you we love you all.

Blessings from Peter and Norma.

patricia said...

Praises. I hope and pray the med teams find out soon what is the underlying problem and that recovery is only a step away. Blessings and grace and strength on each of you. Patti

Lynn van der Merwe said...

I must agree with B-Bon it did sound like an episode of 'House.' Although your doctors sound friendlier. Please remember to tell Anita that her friends in South Africa miss her and we are praying for her.

Lishe said...

just read how people all over the world are united by praying for Anita, amazing!!!!!
you're all in our prayers every day!

Tim said...

We're praying for you here in Ireland, both for answers and healing and for God's peace and comfort to continue! Love, the Coyles

Michelle in Mx said...

Hey - since your first e-mail we've been close by in prayer. Crazy days - Lonnie know what it's like to be tested and probed to all get out! Blessings on you guys - thanks for keeping us posted!

Peacock Post said...

We will definitely be keeping Anita in prayer and for you, Brian, and the kids. What a scary time for you, dear friends, but so encouraging to hear how you are handling it to the glory of the Lord, putting your full trust in Him and allowing Him to grow you closer through it! Praise Him! Thanks for the updates--we'll continue to follow and be in prayer! Love you guys!