Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Day + 41

Last night was not a great night and today hasn't been any better. Elena continued to battle fever, nausea and stomach discomfort all night and for most of the day today. However, thankfully, the doctor and nurse practitioner who came on duty today do have a plan to try to find out what is going on with Elena.

Tomorrow, Elena will have a colonoscopy and an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). Both of these procedures will provide tissue samples and pictures to help determine if Elena has an infection or ulcers anywhere in her GI tract.  This will also help diagnose or rule out if Elena has GVHD.

GVHD stands for graft-versus-host disease. It is a possible complication that happens after transplant. GVHD happens when the donor cells (the graft) attack your body's cells (the host). The donor cells see the body as a threat and attack it.  Different parts of the body that can be affected by GVHD are the liver, skin, and intestinal tract (gut). Obviously with Elena's symptoms and the two tests that have been ordered, the doctors are concerned about the gut.

In addition to ordering these two tests, Elena's doctor and NP made some other decisions as well. They are running several tests on different samples looking for a variety of infections and viruses. They added a second antibiotic to the anti-fungal and antibiotic Elena is already receiving. They also have prescribed a high blood pressure medication for Elena.  Her blood pressure has been slightly elevated since Sunday.

Please pray that all tests, cultures, and bloodwork will provide clear results which will lead to a clear diagnosis and a clear plan to get Elena well.

Please keep praying for better and brighter tomorrows and for total and complete healing for Elena.

Still praying and believing!

In Him,
The Tates

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."
Romans 8:26


  1. Good luck tomorrow sweet girl. Hopefully these test will provide some answers to why you are feeling so bad. Constant thoughts and prayers are coming your way. Love you lots, Aunt Beth

  2. will be praying for the test to go quickly and smoothly! In addition to providing the results/answers needed for your complete healing. We love you!

  3. Praying for complete healing and brighter day tomorrow

  4. Dear Elena-
    Love and prayers are being sent your way and also to your doctors and nurses to help find the answers so you can begin healing quickly. Hang in there sweetheart- you are such a fighter!!! Always thinking about brighter days for you!
    Kelli McCormick

  5. Redmon/Fisher familySeptember 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Dear Elena, We are praying for you and your tests tomorrow. Be patient with the doctors and nurses. They are working hard at trying to find what is making you feel so yucky. Hang in there girl! We love you!

  6. Dear Elena, praying for you and for the tests to go by smoothly and for you to have a fun, exciting, and bright day tomorrow! Love you so much! -Micah Veraart

  7. Elena - we are praying for answers and results to get you on the path to feeling better - we are always thinking and praying for you all - Love, The Slater's