Friday, March 13, 2009
The Harsh Reality - Chapter 16
What does this all mean? Really. What are the consequences of having Hepatitis in your body undetected for 30 years? What can we expect? What should we pray for and pray against?
Since Don has cirrhosis his changes of getting liver cancer in his lifetime have increased by 50%. We laughed about his past fear of doctors. For the rest of his life he will be going into see the doctor no less than 2 times a year..and that is just for his liver "check-ups" Right now, he sees him so often, they are almost best friends!
Our biggest goal is to rid his body of the Hepatitis C. That is what is destroying his liver and as long as it is alive inside of him, it is doing damage...now permanent damage. What happens if this treatment does not work and he is a "non-responder"? Well - we will go to more specialists and try treatments that are still in the testing phases...and if it becomes necessary, he will be placed on a liver transplant list.
I know I have said this in the past, but just to reiterate some very important information. The liver is a remarkable organ. If you have an accident or a tumor and you lose part of it, it will literally grow back. The only time this is not true is in the case of cirrhosis. To give you a mental picture, your liver is like a huge filter for your blood and cirrhosis is a lot like chicken wire running through the liver tissue. If the cirrhosis gets bad enough, it inhibits the liver from being able to do its job.
Want to pray? Please pray that Don is a RESPONDER! Pray that the Hepatitis will die inside of him. Pray mostly that God's Will will be done!