To all my readers and fellow prayer-warriors,
Last week I called everyone I knew to join with me in praying for various issues surrounding my Hepatitis C, and our family has been quite overwhelmed by the length and breadth of your responses. We’ve received messages that we have churches praying for us on five continents, and we’ve seen already the Lord’s hand working in many ways through this all.
I had asked for four different items of prayer:
a. Prayer for quick and accurate diagnosis & ultimately healing…I need my medical overseers to figure out what is happening to me right now (infection or liver failure) and formulate a strategy.
b. Prayer that my liver is not failing but rather that I have an infection again.
c. Prayer for a successful appeal with my health insurance provider to cover my medication.
d. Prayer for my wife (Jennifer) and my kids.
I now have a little bit of information to bring to the table that will hopefully encourage.
a. My blood work seems to suggest that my liver is not likely failing (praise the Lord), but rather I am having a reaction to some sort of infection or antibiotic that I was on. That’s not definitive, but it seems that’s as close to a diagnosis my liver specialist is able to make, so that’s definitely encouraging.
b. In light of (a), I need now to clear the reaction response so that I’m able to go on my new treatment regime. My liver functions appear to be returning to normal, but according to the numbers in my blood work, it’s looking like it’ll take around two months. My specialist doesn’t want me to be jaundiced, nauseated, etc. when the regime begins (as an agitated liver is far less responsive)…
c. …which is still in question. My health insurance provider has received updated medical information and still, for some lobotomy-induced-reason, has decided that I don’t need the new treatment. I have people going to bat for me, but these processes apparently take time, which is all right I guess (seeing that I cannot begin the treatment until the beginning of September at the earliest). Still, I’m going to need the Lord to intervene in a rather serious way on this, so definitely keep praying please!
d. My wife and kids definitely need your prayers. We had the unmitigated blessing of having my sister and brother-in-law out helping us out all last week, and this week my own folks are here for the week. That has been such an overwhelming blessing from the Lord I cannot even begin to express it. My folks leave this coming Monday though, and my wife will be taking care of three toddlers by herself again. I have such a solid-gold bride (those that know her all agree that I somehow married far out of my league…), but she’s borne a harder-than-you-can-imagine yoke for the last 20 months that doesn’t look like it’s going to let up as of yet. Our two little ones are delightful and yet quite a handful, and I simply don’t have the energy to really be much help.
So, there you go. One encouraging clarification and the rest is basically the same.
Oh, and there’s one other thing that I’ll alert everyone to. A dear friend of ours in California (Jacey Dean) has established a fundraising campaign for two reasons:
1. To simply pay for my treatment outright, independent of insurance, if they continue to refuse coverage.
2. To help cover all the other various and never-ending medical expenses that seem to constantly stack up. I’ve been on long-term disability as of one year this month and my employer will stop covering my provincial healthcare premiums as well as all my extended medical benefits for me and my whole family: dental and vision, prescription drugs, etc. Being unable to work and yet chronically sick is a frustrating combination.
If you’ve been blessed by my writing here or on the Cripplegate, or if the Lord simply moves your heart to come alongside us in this way, we would be beyond blessed. Also, if my health insurance provider agrees to cover my new treatment regime, I’ll make that known immediately; I have no desire to raise funding under any sort of false pretense and want to be above reproach with all things.
Finally, many of you aren’t connected to me on Facebook so here’s a recent photo of my family and me, apparently looking like an Oompa-Loompa (I’ve heard “Homer Simpson” as well). Either way, the photo is unedited and that’s how I actually look these days.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Mennoknight” Unger