Toni received the second plasmapheresis treatment yesterday. The pain from the incision and central line was pretty tough, but the procedure itself was not too troubling. Expected symptoms occurred but nothing unusual. The good news from yesterday was that the thoracic inflammation in her spinal cord had largely disappeared. Actually, that's GREAT news. The spinal lesion in her neck remains very large and visible on the MRI (that was the first time we'd seen it). The doctors were pretty surprised at how well Toni was doing given the scope of that lesion. It remains very troubling, but we also remain hopeful that the current round of treatment will result in the reduction and ultimate elimination of this lesion as well.
Plasmapheresis is scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week. We are grateful for the prayers and practical help of friends here and in Dallas. As I noted earlier, Anna will go with me tomorrow for the week, so lets pray that she will handle this upheaval well and not fall too far behind in her studies since she'll have me for a teacher this week. Yikes.
It was a great comfort to be in church this morning, rejoicing with the Redeemer congregation. I hope it will not be too long before Toni can join us again.
Please pray that Toni will be given the grace to endure the pain she is currently suffering, including the numerous injections she receives. Lets also pray that the new plasma in her system will be the home for antibodies that will work properly. Please pray for Dr Greenberg and all his associates as they care for Toni and assist her towards recovery. Again pray with us that in anything we suffer we will count it all joy, and offer it to the Savior as service to him.
Tomorrow will be a very busy day as Anna and I get everything together in Austin and head to Dallas, and challenging for Toni as well as she receives another treatment there.
Thank you for the great ways you have expressed your love for her. I will read to her any messages left on this site, so do feel free to leave a comment.