Thursday, October 09, 2008

skye and theology

There's something wondrously clarifying when you have the luxury of just focusing on one crisis.

My wonderful company has freed me to completely focus on the recovery of our dear one.

Skye, by the way, is doing very well. Her pain level since Tuesday's surgery has been far lower than we anticipated. And - more importantly - our surgeon says the surgery went well and he has no reason to think that her recovery won't go well. This surgery is considered 98% effective in stopping reflux which will protect her one remaining kidney. There is even a low probability that her other kidney - currently working at 4% - might improve in its functioning. But if it doesn't, you can live to 100 with one kidney.

Johns Hopkins, the FDA and Q-Med in Sweden, who makes the Deflux Skye received in 2003, are studying the material Dr. Mathews removed, as Skye is the only known case where reflux returned 5 years after the injection of Deflux. And we're only aware of three cases where the Deflux calcified, which we discovered earlier this year when we learned one of Skye's kidneys had failed.

So we're hopeful for Skye and hopefully something will be learned that will protect other children.

But this sudden stopping of my life after nearly four months of intense ramp up in my new job with Gallup has made me want to get back to basics.

I need to read theology again.

Far more foundationally - and more to the point - is that I need to get a fresher and deeper vision of God.

It's so easy to get lost in the wasteland of continuous activity.


Steve McCoy said...

Good words Stephen. Prayed for Skye today, and will continue.


Stephen said...

That's much appreciated. And we're in prayer for Molly.

Jana said...

Thanks so much for your words of encouragement. Just read your blog and will be praying for Skye. We can't do the deflux b/c he is almost positve that it won't work. Did they have to do the slit in her bladder or do the full cut into the bladder? I will continue reading your blog to keep up the Skye.

Stephen said...


thank you so much for your prayers! I will find out about the slit; that's one detail I don't have.