My mom, a young 81, has dealt with a blood disease for several years. Thrombocthemia was her diagnosis and Hydrea was the prescribed medication. Her platelet count was close to 1,000,000 when first diagnosed.
Over the years, the Hydrea controlled the symptoms, but Hydrea has a side effect and her bone marrow became fibrous. Production of red blood cells was nearly halted, white blood cell count grew and "blasts" of immature blood cells were released by her marrow into her blood stream. (sorry for the quasi-educated description, best I can do).
Mid 2011 she was taken off the Hydrea. Her hemoglobin dropping, little illnesses wipe her out, she is weak. Unimaginable weakness. Regular blood transfusions keeping her alive. Daily I watch her for any sign that maybe she needs checked, sometimes she lasts an entire month between transfusions, and other times barely a week.
Last week, she needed 4 units, her hemoglobin down to a scary 4.8. My sister’s sister in law, a registered nurse, drives her to the hospital for the essential blood, phone in hand, driving 65 in a 35. Love you Lori!
But God has another plan and has heard our prayers. Forgive me but I must tell this story first. My sister attends a Pentecostal church, a church she recently found and fell in love with. Her in-laws also attend, yes they are bible thumpers but of the very best kind! My mom went a few times, she didn't really feel it, people speaking in tongues and all, kinda weird to a main stream Christian. But still we (her and I) decide maybe we should give it a shot and yes this is one spirit filled house of God. Praise Jesus!
Pastor Dan hears of our plight and wants to pray over her, so in December on 2 consecutive Sundays I get her there early and we all gather around her, put hands on and pray. Pastor Dan anoints her forehead with oil. There is power in prayer!
A couple of days later my sweet little 5 year old nephew has a dream and tells his mom not to worry, Jesus is healing Grandma Lou’s blood. Yes we take this as a sign!
That same week at her doctor's appt, her doctor tells her and my sister that a new drug was just approved in December and she is an excellent candidate! His staff will be getting in contact with the pharmaceutical company to get her started! Yes!
But the insurance company denies her, the doctor's office resubmits, denied again! Telling us that when you have insurance, Medicare and a supplemental, they won't cover it, the price tag, a whopping $7000 a month! WTF! We are pissed! Apparently if she didn't have insurance, financial aid was available, nice...
But persistence paid off and earlier this week not only do they approve her but financial aid will pay the ENTIRE amount! The new meds are FedExed to the house, came yesterday!
And BTW, the little nephew had a second dream a week after the first and assured his mom that Jesus was healing his Grandma’s blood. Out of the mouths of babes.