The diagnosis for sweet Bethany has come in. It isn't necessarily awesome news, but it isn't horrible, either, and most importantly, our Father has been making it perfectly clear all along that He is the one in control.
How easily I forget that.
So here is the prognosis, in Lydia's words:
"She has been diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder called Evans
Syndrome. Basically, her body is attacking her red blood cells and her
platelets. There are different kinds of treatment plans, but we are
starting with a round of steroids. Usually, it works to get your immune
system to slow down and allows the blood counts to come back up. Every
once in a while, it will stop the response all together, and patients
will experience a longer lasting remission. Most of the time it works
for some time- it varies in every individual, but anywhere from 1 month
to years. We have no real idea of how well it will work and how long it
will last. We have started the steroids are are praying that the Lord
would use the medicine to send her into remission for a looooong time.
We will be in the hospital here until her blood counts come up to a safe
level and that could take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple
"Please continue to pray for us. Pray for the boys, that they would know
they are loved and never forgotten. Pray for John and I- that in all
the separation we would still walk in complete unity. Pray that the
steroids would be the mechanism for a miracle. Pray for my sweet baby
girl- that her heart would know it's precious, amazing, beautiful
value. Thanks friends!"