rick & 1j13
Friday, October 11, 2002
Update on Pastor...

Hi all,

Just a quick update on Mike's status. The biopsy was performed this morning. Last night they began doing other tests as well including the CT scan of his chest. Still no word on that - I forgot to ask the doc. Pathology reports on the biopsy should begin to trickle in this evening and should be complete by Monday morning. In the meantime, we have had some complications or side issues (I really don't know what to call them.) They have discovered a heart murmor and irregular heartbeat. They've done an ecco-cardiogram and EKG, and called in the cardiologist. He also has a high calcium level and been given medication to correct it. The oncologist mentioned that he has only had one other lymphoma patient that presented with high calcium, and he was elderly. This is concerning me, although I really don't know what it means except that its not typical.

He has developed problems with his kidney levels and liver levels (too high) and the gastroenterologist has been called back in on behalf of the liver. He came in late this evening and tells us this could be very tricky. He wants an MRI, which Mike is leary of, because the open MRI facility is closed on weekends. They haven't really said much about the kidneys or followed up on that issue.

They all could be as insignificant as signs that his body is under so much stress. It could mean that these areas are cancerous also, or something in between those extremes.

Mike's spirit is stayed on Christ - he's strong, while his body appears to be withering before my eyes. But we are walking by faith and not by sight. He is sustaining me as well. He is a good God still.

God be with you as you continue to lift Mike up.


... thanks for praying.
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