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January 17, 2006
First Mate Update: Bad News

I'm afraid today hasn't been a good day for the First Mate and I. Today she started her third week of treatment for her polyoma virus infection, and her blood pressure and creatinine levels have gone up rather dramatically since last week. The doctors informed us today that the FM will need a new kidney and that we probably can't expect too much more function from the current transplant. The average wait for a cadaver donor in this part of the country is four to five years, which means that she'll need to go back on dialysis if the treatment can't recover at least some part of the current transplant's function.

Fortunately at this point, it doesn't appear that she has a problem with the pancreas transplant, so she doesn't have to go back on insulin. She will have to continue with the IV treatments this week, and then she will have to follow up once a week with extra anti-virals for a while. After that, we're hoping that she can stop with the IV treatments and take oral medication in its place. She's exhausted and pretty dispirited about the developments today, but we're hoping that we can get lucky in finding another donor.

Your prayers have been much appreciated, and we certainly can use more of them in the future.

UPDATE: When you have this many commenters and a whole bunch of Southern Baptists on your side, it's hard to remain dispirited about the chances of recovery. Thanks ever so much for all the thoughts and prayers.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 17, 2006 8:01 PM

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