Tuesday, March 12, 2013

After the Winter comes the Spring

The LORD is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and good news refreshes the bones.
(Proverbs 15:29-30 ESV)
After praying for 6 years for God to heal David of his debilitating Primary Immune Deficiency Disease, we are seeing God finally answer those prayers "yes."  We are refreshed just like the earth is refreshed after a long winter at the good news that has unfolded before our eyes!

As an infant, David's doctor's determined that he had an "immature immune system" explaining his continued battles with ear infections, bronchitis, and a bout of pneumonia.  After the doctors operated on 2-year-old David putting tubes in his ears and draining his current ear infection which had been resistant to 5 different antibiotics, we saw a sudden decrease of ear infections only to see a nearly-monthly battle with sinus infections.  Despite the drugs to treat his sinuses and nose and prophylactic antibiotics (antibiotics given at lower doses daily to help prevent infection), the sinus infections continued.  David's doctors then decided to take out his adenoids almost exactly one year after his ear surgery.  After the surgery, we saw a slight decrease in the number of sinus infections but a huge increase in tonsillitis infections.  At this point, with the continued prophylactic antibiotic use mixed with the full-strength antibiotics for active infections, David had built up a resistance to 2 classes of antibiotics.

When David turned 4, the age that kids with "immature immune systems" turn the corner and improve, David's conditioned only worsened leading to many more tests which led to his official diagnosis of Primary Immune Deficiency Disease.  David's body was barely producing IgG antibodies (those which fight bacterial infections).  Just before his 5th birthday, David's immune specialist decided that we had done everything we could to fight this immune disease and with his worsening infections and continued antibiotic resistance, the only other option was to give him infusions of antibodies taken from the blood of 70+ donors and given to him weekly subcutaneously through a pump.  Once the infusions began, we did see a huge improvement in his health.  He set a new record of being infection-free for 5 months.  At that point, tonsillitis infections and sometimes sinus infections on top of that began to take vengeance on David's body.

In a year's time, David had suffered from 11 bouts of tonsillitis despite always being on an antibiotic.  In September 2012, we were faced with the decision of allowing David's surgeon to perform a tonsillectomy on him despite the fears of what removing yet another immune organ would do to David not to mention his trend of having the infections move to another site, which at this point would only go to his lungs.  We bathed David in prayer asking that God would allow the surgery to be more successful than we could ever imagine.  God heard our prayers and answered them in the most incredible way!  Since his surgery, David has not had 1 bacterial infection making his new record of being infection-free at 6.5 months!!!!

In discussing David's continued progress with the immune specialist this past Friday, the doctor has made the decision to take David off of the prophylactic antibiotic and see how David's body responds with only the weekly antibody infusions.  We are thrilled beyond words!  As we see the ground and trees around us start to show signs of life after the winter, we feel that Spring for us has truly come, and the darkness of dealing with this Primary Immune Deficiency Disease is starting to be made light through God's amazing work.
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
(Psalm 30:11 ESV)
Tonight, as David prepares for bed, he will NOT be taking an antibiotic for the first time in a year straight!  We are continuing to cover him in prayer asking that God would allow David's body to fight without the antibiotics.  We are praying that the next step in the goal--decreasing his antibody infusions to every other week from weekly--will be able to happen this summer as a result of David's remaining infection-free!  We know that this can happen only through God's power and will.
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
who conducts his affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.
He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is steady; he will not be afraid...
(Psalm 112:4-8a ESV)
We invite you to praise the Lord with us for his continued goodness in David's life and continue to pray with us that God would continue to bless David with good health.
Light is sown for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!
(Psalm 97:11-12 ESV)


  1. Praising the Lord with you all. Continue to pray with and for you.

  2. What wonderful news!!! Will continue to pray for David and your family!!!