Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Day + 62

This morning, we headed back to the clinic with a long list of questions.

The virus that was detected in Elena's blood was CMV - cytomegalovirus. It is a very common virus that most people have in their lifetime.  Once a person has had a CMV infection, the virus usually lies dormant in the body, but it can be reactivated. The virus is more likely to be reactivated in people who have weakened immune systems. This is the case with Elena.

The plan is to treat Elena with an antiviral drug to slow down the virus reproduction. It can not be cured or destroyed with drugs. It can just become dormant again.

Elena received her first dose of gangciclovir today at the clinic. It is an antiviral drug given intravenously to fight CMV infections. She will receive this drug via an IV infusion every day, twice a day for the next two weeks. Her doctors will continue to screen for the virus weekly.  If the virus numbers go down or the screening comes back negative for the virus, Elena will still receive IV infusions of the drug once a day for another two weeks.

On Monday, only minuet particles were detected. We are thankful that the virus was identified very early and that Elena can be treated outpatient rather than inpatient. That is a huge praise! Thank you Lord!

Even though this virus was detected early, it is still a serious situation.  The virus could still grow and spread. It could infect any of Elena's body organs including her eyes, lungs, GI system, nervous system, liver, etc.

We are asking that you please continue to be the amazing prayer warriors you are and pray that this antiviral drug will immediately make this virus go dormant.

Pray that the virus will not infect any part of Elena's body.
Pray that the antiviral medication will not cause any serious side effects.
Since it can cause harm to the kidneys, Elena continues to receive IV fluids 12 hours a day.

Pray for Elena's complete and total healing.

Still praying and believing!

In Him,
The Tates

"I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. "
Psalm 3:5


  1. Bump in the nice lil road. We will continue to pray that these bumps get out your way. Your courage and Gods help have brought you sooo far, you got this champ!! Love you lots Aunt Beth

  2. Praying for the virus to go dormant, praying that the virus does not impact Elena's organs, and praying for complete and total healing for Elena. Praising God Elena can be treated in the outpatient facility and be able to spend family time together. Praying for all of you.

  3. Go to sleep stupid virus. Now. Elena has too much fun stuff to think about. Don't make me have to come down there and kick your ass. Be gone with you.

  4. Praying that the antiviral drug does its job and does not cause any serious side effects.