The doctors on St. Barthelemy ordered for my wife to continue her medical care in the United States as they have "exhausted" all of their medical resources and knowledge concerning my wife's "mystery" illness. Thus, we have been advised and counselled by our Pastor and mission board that we needed to take a medical furlough due to the health concerns of my wife, Kami.
We began our 1-year medical furlough in in August 2013 and returned to the U.S. We are currently continuing her medical care in search of the "mystery" illness that is continuing to deteriorate her body. Kami has been seen at the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and is currently under the care of the staff at the IMA clinic here in Fort Myers. The doctors have discovered that she has Latent TB which is not what is attacking her body. She was ordered to begin a 9-month antibiotic treatment as outlined by the CDC. She is non-contagious, but the TB bacteria must be removed from her bloodstream so it does not become an active infection in the future. Her treatments will be completed at the same time our medical furlough will be ending.
Our hope is to return to the field at this time. There is a 20% chance that the TB bacteria will need another 9-month treatment of antibiotics and we will cross this bridge when we get to it. Our prayers right now are that we will get a diagnosis of this "mystery" illness soon and that we can begin treatment to get Kami well again.
We are currently serving in our home church, Winkler Road Baptist Church. My wife cannot do as much as she would love to accomplish due to her pain and fatigue, but the rest of our family are serving in the bus ministry, visitation, music ministry, choir, teaching S.S., working a college & career ministry and filling in wherever needed.
Tropical Update... - Kami's appointment last Friday was another *"trial & error"* appointment. After the last visit, we had to rush Kami to the ER due to a very bad reaction t...
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