We are living out our very worst nightmare where all of our efforts are all for nothing. Instead, our sweet baby had to endure 10 days of chemotherapy followed by 27 days of horrible tasting medicines, unspeakable pain, mouth sores, hemerroids, and terrible homesickness for what? I am still in SHOCK and just really don't understand how this happens?But as dark as things appear there is still a small sliver of hope (see below) - although the doctors don't think so. We've seen miracles before and all things are possible with God. Please continue to pray that God, in His mercy, would provide a way and that the Lim family would profoundly sense the nearness of God during this difficult time.
They are stopping all the immunosuppressant drugs (to prevent GVHD) and our one hope for a miracle is that there may still be a very small percentage of donor cells in his bone marrow and that they may be able to grow a little bit, they told us not to expect this to happen. They are also stopping the GCSF so we will see how much his counts go down and they will go down. We are not sure when we will be able to get home - we are just stuck here waiting and knowing that this has failed, it really is so hard to be patient and to endure all of this.HERE:
We found a huge open sore on his bottom from apparently not being ambulatory. He remains totally helpless with Jennifer and I, mostly Jennifer, wiping him down in lieu of baths, wiping his poop when he goes and other things a normal healthy 17 year old should be doing. I am glad that I came down a day early after hearing the 50/50 chance of survival. ..Andrew's situation is grim but again not beyond God. As I wrote a few months ago, in 2 Chronicles 20, a couple of vast armies (Moabites and Ammonites) have decided to wage war against Israel, and King Jehosophat rises up and desperately pleads to the Lord on behalf of the people, for help in this great moment of need:
"For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you. -2 Chronicles 20:12
See the Lord's simple response:
"Fear not, this battle is not yours, but mine." 2 Chronicles 20:15
I know many have been so faithful in prayer and we appreciate it so much. Let us keep our eyes upon the Lord and continue to pray in faith. God has a plan in all of this - "He is good and His love endures forever"...and this battle is His. God help us.
In the meantime, if you have not registered for to be a bone marrow donor or would like to start a drive please visit the Bone Marrow tab above or HERE. Thank you!
In His Grace,
Peter & Kim