Saturday, February 4, 2012

Semi-final update on Summer.

Dear faithful warriors,

I want to thank you once again for taking the time to lift my health up in prayer.  It has definitely been a test in who I will trust, man or God.  While we all understand that doctors are helpful and on many occasions necessary, there are times where they do not have the answers {after all, they are limited in their knowledge in light of an all knowing God}.  With that said, we are still without any concrete diagnosis for my current health situation.  After extensive testing--endoscopy and colonoscopy and a battery of blood tests it was concluded that I am malnourished--which is obvious to anyone who sees me.  But what is causing my body to be unable to digest/absorb nutrients?  On my last day in Nairobi I was able to see a British nutrionist that believes that there are a few crucial links.  One, the ongoing battle/treatment of tropical diseases that my immune system has a hard time fighting off.  And secondly, what they call 'secondary lactase deficiency' which is a result of multiple infestations of giardia and amebas over the years.  I have started a lactose free diet which so far seems to have helped immensely with the stomach pain/cramping.  I am taking iron due to iron deficiency anemia, calcium, fish oils probiotics and a super food called spurulina.  All of this coupled with a high calorie diet and a lot of rest is meant to boost my immune system, replenish good bacteria and get my body out of its malnourished state.

We are still waiting on biopsy results. If these should give us any more understanding we will be sure to let you know.  In the meantime we would ask for your continued prayers.

Desiring to be planted by the water,
Summer

7 comments:

lisa harding said...

Praying for you and trusting God's faithfulness in your journey.

Shauna said...

Sweet Summer - Hoping and praying those things will help. I have been anemic before and what a relief when I took iron and my energy returned… praying you feel like a new woman soon!! [and I believe fish oil helps sooooo much]

blessedmomto8 said...

HUGS AND PRAYERS SUMMER! May God give you strength! And get your body up to FULL NOURISHMENT!! You are such an inspiration!

Jeanniebird said...

So glad for some help. God will strengthen you thru the foods and minerals that He has already made available. My you find encouragement from those around you too. Love you Sum, praying for you and all the family there.
Aunt Jeannie

His Hands His Feet Today said...

Continued prayers for healing!

Oldqueen44 said...

I have 2 daughters with Lymes disease. Both had very weird symptoms. Wopuld that be a possibility?

mary said...

A young girl in our church was recently diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Here symptoms were almost exactly your symptoms. Have the doctors tested for that or ruled it out?