Cassandra was intestinally ill about two weeks ago but nothing crazy or alarming. Last week she was very weak and short of breath. Last night Sept. 27) we got her into the hospital. Her primary issue was anemia. She has received 3 units of blood and a GI scope but no source of bleeding was found. Doctor Longworth is a good man and good missionary doctor. We are thankful to feel well cared for here at Clínica Bíblica, a highly rated Christian hospital in San José.
Pray that the blood she received will not stir up trouble with her transplanted kidney.
Pray that she wouldn't get any infections that are a normal risk of hospitals stays and procedures.
And hunger. By the time after her procedure tomorrow, it will be 48 hours without solid food.
Pray for the boys to rally together to take care of themselves and to be cared for by others.
Pray for wisdom for me as I need to be here and there for Cassandra and for the boys.
Her kidney is fine. She has now had an ultrasound specifically of her kidney and also of her organs in general. The ultrasounds were all perfect. She was very anemic, with the low energy and shortness of breath that goes along with anemia. That was her primary symptom. We need to find where her blood is going. Before her transplant (coming up on 8 years), she had a similar situation with a mysterious bleed leading to anemia. She received a transfusion then also, but they never found the source of bleeding.
She has been tested, scoped, and imaged from top to bottom and no injury or source of blood loss has been found.
Her hemoglobin is back into a range that will sustain life. We hope she will be released tomorrow after a final blood test and a course of performance enhancing drugs. That is, her hemoglobin is back to around 9.5. The docs will prescribe a course of Epogen shots which helps the growth of red blood cells. They want her hemoglobin around 11. (She was at 4.9 on Tuesday night).
Thank you all for your prayers. Continue praying for strengthening. And then watch out at Language School. A full strength Cassandra Fisher is a wonder to behold.
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