For everyone who has been praying for us, thank you so much! I have a little praise report:
I talked to the Rheumatologist , and found out a couple things that gave us some hope. First, the Rituxan Infusions Dave took will take about 4 months to show true e and complete effectiveness. We are at about the 7 week marker, and one of his blood test values that show active disease IS actually coming down….a great sign! Plus, aside from the side effects he gets from tapering off the Prednisone, he is feeling good. That is a HUGE sign.
The doc said that YES, the meds could still help heal the kidneys, but it would take a bit longer to achieve that effect. So, while he may have to go on dialysis for awhile, his kidneys could very well respond to the Rituxan treatment a couple months from now. That is awesome news!!
Right now, we are not going to worry about transplant. Dave will check his kidney function every week, and get ready to start dialysis (seeing the vascular surgeon this week, etc.), just in case. But we also believe in miracles of every size. God’s timing is different than ours, so whatever direction we have to take, its fine. It is a scary thing walking in faith. Before this, I can tell you, I have never done it. For some reason, when we are at the lowest, He gives us a dose of Hope. Throughout this whole ordeal God always shows us a little light.
Thank you for your love, and prayers!
***Awesome Verse! God IS faithful!!
Facing the spiritual battle (sin and/or discouragement)
Finally, dear brothers and sisters, I ask you to pray for us. Pray first that the Lord's message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. Pray, too, that we will be saved from wicked and evil people, for not everyone believes in the Lord. But the Lord is faithful; he will make you strong and guard you from the evil one.… May the Lord bring you into an ever deeper understanding of the love of God and the endurance that comes from Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 NLT