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It’s out of my hands.

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Tom is at risk of internal bleeding if he takes any kind of blow to the body, since the job of the platelets is to clot the blood and his wouldn’t do that adequately at this point. So he is restricted from contact sports and anything that might cause a head, throat, or abdominal injury. Tom’s numbers are at 12k. Normal is 150-450k. Right now, we’re shooting for 70k, or as an 8-year old fan of his called them, “soccer platelets”. There is, however, nothing he can do to bring up his own numbers. It’s entirely in God’s hands.


Entirely in God’s hands.

Isn’t that cool?


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January 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

Posted in Grace Irresistible

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What a difference a year makes, what a difference a day makes

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January, 2012: I blogged that an upcoming post would be about “when you learn about life from a dying friend”. I remember why I wrote that. My friend, Denise Sproul, had died the previous month after a “lovely” battle with leukemia. I use that word deliberately as the loveliness of Christ wafted and emanated from this faithful lady through all the sickness, the treatments, the sorrow and agony. That blog post was never written; one more post later (unrelated), I just quit. Whatever the reasons were, they’re a year old and the decisions and changes in life that they generated are now firmly in place.

January 10, 2013: The wedding is over. I am confident that the young man who covenanted to love my oldest daughter will take care of her and give himself for her as Christ gave himself for the church. I think I’ll start blogging again…..I’m determined to remove things from my busy life that are crushing the music of deliberation and care and love and creativity that should be more evident in this house. But first on the list, the visit to the pediatrician to get his opinion on the crazy bruising my 16-yr son has been experiencing for a month and a half (an appt that the holidays and wedding insanity put off for a month).

January 11, 2013: Very low platelets count, see a hematologist (you know, those guys whose receptionists say, when you call their office, “Cancer, Oncology and Hematology practice, how may I help you?”) without delay, serious warnings to avoid contact sports or anything activity that would result in a head injury.

Lord, NO! Not my son, my only boy. My only Son.

Let there be another way. Hallowed be my name.

What gain would there be in this? My glory.

Lord, make him yours.

Waiting now to see what path the Lord has laid for us… avoiding eye contact for fear of the fear we’ll see in the other’s eyes … taking baby steps in this new place buffeted by trepidation but carpeted with mercy.

UPDATE (Jan. 11, 5 p.m.):

Tom has been experiencing extreme bruising for a few weeks and a blood test yesterday (January 10) revealed very low platelets count. We were quickly set up with an appt with a hematologist at Childrens of Pittsburgh. He has been diagnosed with ITP — idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. We are not sure yet whether it is acute or chronic. When it occurs in children, it tends to be acute; in adults, chronic. Because Tom (at 16) is in that middle zone, it could go either way, and because his symptoms have been present for up to 8 weeks, the doctor tends to think it’s chronic. The only way to tell is to watch it for 6 months to a year.

Right now the plan is track the counts to see if his current low numbers are typical for him, low for him or high for him, then watch to see where they go over the next couple of weeks.

We are very, very relieved to hear it is NOT cancer or leukemia. Praise God. God is merciful.

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January 11, 2013 at 8:14 am

Posted in Life upside down

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