Skip to comments.Prayer Request for my brother
Posted on 12/01/2011 4:36:56 PM PST by TheMom
In February of this year my older brother went to the hospital due to severe pain and swelling in one leg. Those doctors could not figure out what was causing the pain and swelling, so they sent him home to see his own doctor. His doctor could not figure out the problem either; mean while his other leg started hurting. He was sent to Houston for yet another set of test; still no results. His doctor and the doctors in Houston tried different treatments (medicine) to treat his pain. By this time he has used up his vacation, sick leave and disability time at work so they fired him. Last month he went to another set of doctors, this time in Temple, TX for more test. They determined he had anmemia and hyper or hyposomething (I cant remember) and asked him to come back this week for results of test and some more testing.
I received a phone call from my sister-in-law yesterday telling me the doctors determined my brother might have Myelofibrosis ~ which if not treated could lead to Leukemia. The ran different blood test and today did a bone marrow biopsy. Those test came back that he has Leukemia. Tomorrow the bone marrow results will determine if the type of Leukemia he has is aggressive or non-aggressive. If non-aggressive, he will receive a week of chemo and have to stay in the hospital for at least one month. My sister-in-law said she went blank before she could hear about what will happen if the Leukemia is aggressive.
Please pray that the Leukemia is non-aggressive and that my brother can be healed with as little as pain as possible.
They should not have ANY problem “getting him in” to MDAnderson. In fact, he can refer himself:
The sooner he establishes contact with MDA, the better. They can start to get all of his records and will know right off the bat at the first appointment any other testing that needs to be done and will get most, if not all, of it scheduled and done on that day.
Since it's close to the anniversary, I'l relate it.
I fell on ice. No big deal, unless you are miles away from everybody, and wandered off to get some privacy to answer a call of nature/talk to a man about a horse/bleed a lizard... or whatever euphanism you might want to use for a full bladder.
During a blizzard, on a moutain. Not my best ever judgement.
Slip, fall, ouch.. Like serious ouch. Passing out in a blizzard, repeatedly, hypothermia, internal bleeding, frostbite.
Assurance of salvation and acceptance of my probable future were there also.
But I did make it. Yay! (I suppose... it was nice when things were quiet).
I only lost a kidney and spleen and spent 2 weeks in the ICU.
Avoid if possible.... It always sucks, regardless of how pretty the nurses are.
My first rule, when stuck on a mountainside, during a blizzard, is to check my relationship with Christos. If that's ok, I'll be ok. And that worked for me.
Although, I would really be happier if I had gone home. Not to mention friends and family that know me.
TheMom, our prayers go out to your brother, his wife, you and your whole family, as well as his treating team.
My heart goes out to you, Donna.
Please know that you and Tony will be in my thoughts and prayers.
After my Hubby was diagnosed with cancer, I went through a lot of phases, disbelief, anger..why him/why me, acceptance..
but through all of it, prayer.
Hang in there Girl.
I loves ya, I do!
If I can be of any help, even though I’m far away, please let me know.
A sibling match is the most likely.
He is my brother in law so I would like to be tested.
Know your brother as well as your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know you’ll keep us posted.
Continued prayers, Mom. God bless.
Prayers up, TheMom.
and you may want to contact Freeper Jeff Head who was at MD Anderson also.
Thanks for keeping us informed. Prayers continue...
Thank you for the update. Prayers continue....
Thaks for the update. Prayers continue.
I envy him for his support system.
I do not envy him for the pain and suffering he's about to go through.
Prayers up for that as well.
Thanks for the update. Prayers continue...please keep us posted :)
One more update.
I received a call from my SIL just after Midnight last night, they were transporting my brother to MD Anderson in Houston. I went up to the hospital for a little bit this afternoon. My brother looks like crap and feels 4 times as bad, but the hospital staff are doing what they can to make him comfortable.
The MD Anderson doctor confirmed that he as Acute Leukemia; there are two different types and won’t know which one he has until more test are completed next week. My SIL said they will have to do another bone marrow biopsy because they could not get any marrow from the first one.
Again, I thank all of you for your prayers. I have complete faith that God will hear all of our prayers and get Tony and Lynn through this very tough time in their lives.
Thanks for the update. I will keep praying.
Still prayin’ here in Louisiana!
More prayers sent.
We are continuing our prayers for your entire family. Stay strong.
Thank you for keeping the Thread updated.
We will all be here with words of encouragement and prayer.
As I said in an earlier post, we live in an age of Miracles, some from Medicine and others from Faith.
Your B-I-L has both working in his favor.
We are keeping your B-I-L and the rest of your Family in our thoughts and prayers.
Prayers for sure.
Thanks for the update, TM.
Staying connected to Freepers might be just what you need right now. We’re here for you.
Thanks for the updates.
Heres to the best for Tony and Lynn
thanks for the update, TheMom. Glad you were able to get to the hospital to visit. I’m sure it meant the world to Tony and Lynn. Our prayers continue here for their strength and God’s healing power.
Is Mutt an ethnicity? LOL
Your fall on the ice does not sound like any fun at all.
Thanks for the update. Will continue prayers.
Thanks sweet lady!
The important part is the in-your-face 'Not only can I theoretically die, it may be going on now' And the checking of soul-state that invokes.
I have to admit, I was annoyed, but never frightened. When I finally do get killed off, everyone can know that I am sure and certain in my salvation. ;)
Prayers from folks here on FR, and my home church, and others probably had an effect.
But my advice is get good doctors, and try to not do that. (stepping off into open space) And be ok with God.
My brother is a born again Christian. He was going through an awful time about 15 years ago when God directed him to go into a church for guidance. Not only did God help him turn his life around, He put my brother in the path to meet his wonderful wife. No doubt that my brother and God are on a first name basis, and he has no fear of the after life.
It is the living that suffer from someone’s death. Although, suffer may not be the right word ~ we know they are in a much better place; we just miss the ones that are gone.
And on that note - when people are asked how they are doing and respond ‘I’m alive’ why does the asker always say ‘Beats the alternative’? Does it really? From what I have heard the alternative is a pretty cool place.
It’s an amalgam :-}
And my sister said, yes, they think you will. I just snapped my fingers. I was somewhat disappointed that I'd have to do it all over again, someday.
I'm glad your brother knows Christ. He'll be ok, no matter what happens.
Prayers continue for His will in all of your lives.
Thank you for the giggle ~ I really need that.
The story of your accident is not laughing matter, but you snapping your fingers in an ‘aww shucks’ kinda way is humorous.
God kept you here for a reason. Maybe it was something so simple as to comfort those that are going through a tough time ~ those of us going through the tough time do not see that comfort as something not so simple, but a great help.
Imagine my surpise when I wound up at Albequerque University Hospital with all of my sibs that were CONUS at my bedside... and my rickety old mom (God rest her). Such an outpouring of love, I've never seen before. As a result, I'm closer to my sibs than I have ever been since my voice changed.
What you do, matters. Prayers, visiting, asking for prayers etc....
But even very ill men have a sense of humor and appreciation.
I got gigged by one nurse in the Trauma Care ward when she told me that my mother was there. I asked her to fix my hair... I have long hair.. and then cocked my head to the side, with a blank stare and a drool.
I won't repeat what the nurse said about my little joke. But even a hurt kid needs to laugh... if it doesn't hurt too badly.
So sorry to hear about your brother. I hope it turns out to be the non-aggressive kind, and he recovers fully.
Praying for strength and courage for all of you. I wish there was more I could do.
Thanks for the update...huge Texas size prayers ongoing for your brother.
:0 God bless you all.
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