Here We Go Again…

Had my bronchoscopy at Duke this past Thursday, and thanks to a good friend, made it there and home again without incident…so I thought.

On Friday evening I get an email from one of Lung Transplant coordinators and she conveyed the news to me that I have a mild case of rejection.  I knew that things weren’t quite right, because during the clinic visit my Pulmonary Function Tests were down 6%.  I was attributing it to a bit of chest congestion I had been experiencing, but alas, twas not the case.  And, on top of the rejection, some of the airways in my right lung were showing stenosis, or a narrowing of the airways.

I say here we go again, because I’ve been through this before, and will follow the same treatments as before for both of these.  But even though I’ve traveled this path several times, it’s still a bit sobering when you realize how fragile things can be at times.  Sure, I know God is in total control of ALL things and again, none of this caught Him by surprise, but you still have a sense of helplessness sweep over you when you hear the words, “You’re having rejection.”

So, I look at it as another opportunity to trust.  Another opportunity to reaffirm the work God is doing in my life.  Another opportunity to know that He is still on His throne.  Another opportunity to draw closer to Him. Another opportunity to know that in the midst of trials and suffering, He is still completing His work in me.

So yes, here we go again, but the journey has never really ended!

Take a Deep Breath

It has been quite a while since I’ve given a health update, so here it goes.

On Monday, April 16 I traveled to Duke for a Clinic visit, which included a chest X-ray, labs, Pulmonary Function Tests and a visit with the doctor.  I am grateful to announce that all is well after almost 4 years!

My pulmonary function was up 8%, which up is always a great thing!  Labs were normal, at least something about me is right now! And the X-ray was clear!

We continue to be grateful for the way the Lord has taken care of us through all of this journey and yes, it continues to be a journey with challenges both big and small.  But I’ve been reminded in the last several weeks of this passage which pretty well sums up all God can do!

20  “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV)

I realize this verse is not just speaking of physical things but of the supernatural and spiritual as well, but what a promise to know that God’s power is continually at work within those who believe in Him and call on His name!  And the great news too is that it goes on generation after generation in fact, forever!  And forever is a pretty long time!

So yes, I do take a deep breath, and breathe a silent prayer of gratitude for all He has done in my life!  And boy am I thankful I can!