Friday, March 11, 2011

Urgent Prayer Request

Jeremiah 16:19
O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction,…

Our Daughter in law faces some crucial health issues in Brazil.   This is their latest prayer letter update.  If you read this I hope you will pray for her. 

Please pray for Esther as she deals with a new health problem. About a week and a half ago we noticed a mosquito bite (there are many of these as we are still in the rainy season) on her calf that had turned into a sore. Over several days it continued to grow and turned into quite a large ulcer. We went to the doctor last Friday, and he gave her several local anesthesia shots before beginning to cut out the ulcer. When it was done he has cut about 3/4 inch deep and probably a little more than an inch in diameter. He bandaged it up, put her on an antibiotic, and said to come back on Thursday. Well, we went back yesterday morning thinking that it had been healing through the week. When the doctor unwrapped the bandage, we all looked concerned as the ulcer had grown almost five times the size. And then, there was another one that had grown quite large and needed cleaning out. Besides these, there are several others on her legs that are beginning to do the same thing. The doctor gave her more local anesthesia and cleaned out the largest ulcer and then the next largest one as well. As he broke the skin on the new one, he showed me how deep it had gone. I could see down into the tendons and such on her leg. Another doctor was called in to take some bacteria specimens, and we were told that the results would be ready on Monday morning. They need to find out what type of bacteria this is so that they can know what to do to treat it. Meanwhile, Esther is having to take pain killer for the excruciating pain, and is also having trouble with her ulcerative colitis as the antibiotic she is taking is causing the colitis to flare up. The other sores look to be growing as well, and we are asking the Lord that they do not progress through the weekend. The largest one grew from about the size of a quarter to the size of a baseball in just 6 days. Please pray that the others do not do the same! We are praying for wisdom for the doctors and for accurate lab results so as to find the proper cure. The two doctors were concernedly talking back and forth about different things it could be, but it seems to be some type of tropical ulcer. Please pray for God's grace to be abundant to Esther and to all of us through this. And please pray that it will heal instead of continuing to eat away at her leg!

Jeremy was able to talk to the Dr. today and found that the Dr. has been staying on top of this and doing research on his own.  He cannot understand it as there seems to be no bacteria, yet the sores keep growing.  There was a new one on her ankle that has grown since yesterday.  The Dr. said that it possibly is an auto immune disease.  The Dr. said he was more concerned today than he was yesterday.  So as of yet there are no answers except that The Great Physician can intervene, heal, and give wisdom as what to do.  Thanks again to all of you for your encouragement and prayers.

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