2013 is here with a bang!

First of all, we would appreciate your prayers for Joel right now as he has the flu. We were at the ER last night and they gave him a bunch of medicine, but if he gets worse, we have to go back and do a spinal tap. He could have had one last night, but he preferred to wait it out.  Poor guy has had so many spinal taps already that he’d do anything to avoid it. But by being on the immunosuppressant, it will take him longer to recover from the flu.

He also saw the rheumatologist this last week and the good news is that the immunosuppressant is helping his liver. The doctor didn’t want to confirm 100% that its autoimmune hepatitis (which is a little frustrating), but he did say he can confirm 1. Joel has an autoimmune disease, 2. Currently the disease is attacking his liver and 3. He is responding to treatment. The only way to really confirm autoimmune hepatitis is to take him off the medicine and do another liver biopsy. But that would not be smart because then he will be sick again and no matter what the biopsy said, it would not change his treatment since he is responding to the immunosuppressant.

The doctor also mentioned the possibility of sarcoidosis, which we had never heard of before. But again the treatment is the same, so for now, it wouldn’t change anything. We’ll just have to monitor everything for that. One thing we were concerned about is Joel’s pain level, which has been high. The doctor increased the immunosuppressant, which is supposed to help. The other concern we have is Joel picking up all sorts of infections because he is immunosuppressed. I have asked the doctor several times about a long-term antibiotic, but he is sure that Joel doesn’t need that. I’m not quite as sure.

Our other big news for those that haven’t heard is that we are moving to Colorado. Mostly so we can be around Joel’s family there, mine are close in Nebraska, and for better healthcare. We LOVE Las Vegas and our friends and family here so it was a very difficult decision to make, but God showed us in numerous ways that this was what He wanted for us. Here is a good example. On the way home from our visit to Colorado over the holidays, I sat next to a guy on the plane who lives in Boulder and Las Vegas. I didn’t have a job at the time, but Boulder is only about 15 minutes from the church I was interviewing with. He said that he sees a rheumatologist in Boulder that he really liked. I thought that was awesome in and of itself because not many people see a rheumatologist. I knew the name of the insurance I would have if I got the job at the church so I asked him if he knew if the rheumatologist took that insurance and he said, “Yes! Because that’s the insurance I have!” I thought that was so cool! And another indication God was telling us He would provide. I was eventually offered the job and I accepted. So we will be moving to Longmont, Colorado, just north of Denver. The u-haul truck pulls out of here February 11. We will be sad to leave Las Vegas, but excited to start a new adventure.

As always, thank you so much for your support, love and prayers.

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  1. Excited for you all!


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