Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Update from Tricia

Feeling at my weakest now. But I need to be reminded of the grace in my life & of God's goodness. Thankful for this lesson from the Jesus Calling, "Thank Me for the very things that are troubling you. You are tempted to indulge in just a little complaining about My treatment of you. The best protection against this indulgence is thanksgiving. It is impossible to thank Me and curse Me at the same time...your thankful words, prayed in faith, will eventually make a difference in your heart. Thankfulness awakens you to My Presence, which overshadows all your problems."

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Day Five

We were told that often the effects of the CAMPATH do not present themselves until day 5-7.  Tricia felt great for the first four days after her treatment...better than she has felt in several weeks.  She woke up on day five with a lot of fatigue, the same on day six.

Recovery from CAMPATH is unpredictable.  Some people recover within about six weeks, while others take over a year to recover.  We are not sure if Tricia will feel fatigued every day like this until she recovers, or if she will have ups and downs.

Thank you for your continued prayer.


Saturday, June 16, 2012


Tricia received her CAMPATH treatment on Friday.  We were at the hospital for most of the day.  She became sick about halfway through, so they slowed the med down a bit and she made it through the rest without any major problems.

We drove home that evening, and by the time we arrived home she was experiencing some flu-like symptoms, but by this morning was feeling much better.

We took it easy today, and she'll be doing the same for the next several days until we figure out how this is going to affect her.  Her medications have radically changed, including new meds and new doses of old meds.

Gwyneth and Tricia at the Duke Gardens on Sunday.
We would appreciate your prayer as I head back to work tomorrow and we learn how to balance things...this will be our first real week of summer with the kids out of school and all of us at home, so it should be interesting, especially if Tricia experiences any kind of fatigue.  Thankfully, we have amazing family to help us.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

CAMPATH Tomorrow

Hey friends.

Tricia has had two good days since being discharged, but we need your prayers for Tricia tomorrow as she begins the difficult CAMPATH treatment.

If you are on Twitter and/or Facebook, please use #prayersforpattysue on Twitter and Facebook on Friday at 11am EST. Post link to the blog as well if you can.

Thank you!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Tricia was discharged from the hospital yesterday afternoon.  She has been placed on several new meds to help maintain her "health" and to help rid her body of the C Diff.  As long as she is healthy enough, she will be receiving the CAMPATH this Friday morning around 11am at Duke.  We are staying with some awesome friends until then, and if everything goes well with the CAMPATH treatment, we will be home by Friday evening.

Specifically, please pray that the C Diff is gone by Friday and that there are no other infections in her body before or after.  Any infection could be life-threatening with the CAMPATH.

As it has been explained to us, CAMPATH is a type of chemotherapy that attacks the same cells that AIDS attacks, so being treated with CAMPATH is very similar to having AIDS.  Tricia's immune system will be shot for a long time, even up to a year, which means she will be a huge risk to become sick from any number of other illnesses.  She will be wearing a mask out in public and will be avoiding anywhere and anybody that could make her sick.  Also, CAMPATH can cause severe fatigue...this was Tricia's biggest issue with her cancer treatment 4 years ago.

The goal with the CAMPATH treatment is that the rejection will be stopped, that her PFT's will improve, and that she will be able to regain some of her lost body weight.  We have been told though, before things get better, they more than likely will get worse.

Our life is about to drastically change.  We would appreciate your prayers for Tricia's safety over the next several months.  The slightest infection or illness could quickly lead to very bad things.  Also, your prayers for me as I relearn how to balance my life around Tricia's health needs.  For our extended family as they provide us with support and help, especially in caring for Gwyneth.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Good Day

Tricia had a good day on Monday.  Tests showed that her CO2 is normal, which means she doesn't have to sleep with a CPap machine at night.  She also does not have a sinus infection, which she thought she had.  It was also thought that she might have ulcers in her esophagus, which she does not.

However, her doctors cannot decide yet how to treat her rejection.  She does have a GI bacteria called C Diff, which could cause some major issues if she receives any med that reduces her immune system.  They are all having a meeting this morning to make a decision, and we would appreciate prayers for wisdom.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rejection is Back

Tricia is back in the hospital, and the doctors say things look "very bad".  She has been having trouble breathing the past week, so much so that we had to cut our time with family short in NJ and fly her down to Duke on Saturday.  The doctors believe her rejection is back, in the form of something called BOS.  She is set to receive a medication called CAMPATH, which is a chemo drug that will wipe her immune system out for up to a year.  But, she has a sinus infection that must be cleared up before the CAMPATH can begin.

I drove the kids home on Saturday, and Gwyneth and I are packing the car right now to drive to Duke.  Tricia desperately needs your prayers.  Her PFTs are down in the 20's, which is just a little higher that when she received her transplant, and her weight is actually lower than her transplant weight.  She is in a very precarious situation.

Please, pass this along to anyone you know.  I will be blogging as much as possible, but if you'd like to receive more updates, you can also follow me on Twitter.

Thank you.