Friday, April 18, 2008

There's No Place Like Home - now with DIAGNOSIS UPDATE

Kate has mononucleosis. I guess this should be a predicted outcome for a girl that likes boys so much! We are praying that this will resolve itself and not be indicative of any chronic conditions or a precursor to anything serious. I've been online doing reading about mono and the Epstein-Barr Virus that causes it. Sounds like Kate will be pretty darn tired for a while and will have to avoid contact sports for the next several weeks (cancel that tackle football game), but this *should* be the worst of it.

We'll see the doctor next week and I'll have a bunch of questions for her about monitoring, possibilities of chronic conditions, questions about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and more. Poor, poor pediatrician. I'll be coming in with quite the list! :-)

Yippee -- Kate and I are finally home! We got home around 7pm last night and Kate had the biggest smile I'd seen on her face in a week (with the exception of meeting a horse today -- horses totally rate in Kate's world) when she saw Scott. I was pretty happy to see him and our home, as well.

Kate came home without a definitive diagnosis, but still the strong suspicion of mono or some kind of "super virus." More blood work in a week, but at least she's fever-free for 48 hours and her repeat bloodwork showed improvement. Now, if we can reach the point where she's not sleeping 20 out of 24 hours, I'll be thrilled. On our way home, she pointed to a McDonald's and I asked her if she wanted french friesand she nodded. You've never seen a car pull into Mickey D's so fast! Kate has lost probably 3 pounds in the past week, so if she wants to mainline sugar, well -- she just might be able to convince me. LOL

Thank you for all your prayers and offers of help. Of course we are still concerned about Kate and her well-being, so keep the prayers coming, but we are feeling pretty enthused about her progress. We are also back to embracing the excitement about meeting our son soon! We can’t wait to bring him home and love on him!

You know, every day I am more in love with God’s goodness. This past year has not been an easy one, but it has been one in which has been more meaningful than any before. Never before have I had such a strong sense of God’s presence, an understanding of priorities, a developing appreciation that life is beautiful even in loss or pain.

We are abundantly blessed to have people in our lives that care about our daughter, care about us, and care about furthering God’s grace in the world. We so appreciate your friendship.


Very Lucky and Blessed Mama to Kate and, soon, Addison!


Karen M said...

I know the happiness that comes with just being home. Ahhhhhhhh.... So glad you're both back home. Hope Scott is feeling better, too. Ugh on the Mono :( Keep us posted. FEEL BETTER KATE.

Snowflowers Mum said...

Thank God! No kissing the Milkman anymore Miss Kate!

Glad you finally have a diagnosis, at least you know what you are dealing with!



Patricia/NYC said...

Sooooo GLAD you are HOME, sweet, HOME!!! Dorothy was so right!

And, Miss Meliss...are you secretly a dr?? Didn't you suspect mono long before the tests?? Super Sleuth rock!

Glad you have a diagnosis to work with...GET WELL SWEET KATE!!!
Now...go call Suzanne! ;)
Prayers continue always! :)

Mike & Ramona said...

Oooohhhh having had mono I know how yucky it is! Poor Kate! But there is no better place to be right now that at home. And I'm happy to hear she is on the final stretch.

Barbie said...

I am so glad you have an official diagnosis. I had mono in high school and it just wipes you out for months. It actually ended my track career. So sad. I hope Melissa gets up and back to herself soon!