is doing so well. We saw the doctor on Friday- her pediatrician called
the infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital to discuss all
the paperwork/labs I brought. They were very interested and it was SO
wonderful to have a complete discussion in English. I finally was able
to ask questions and discuss everything! They agree that Elena had
Dengue Fever- everything is textbook in her case including her fever
drop on days 6/7 and then hard relapse on day 9/10 (last Tuesday and
Wednesday). She has been fever free for two days now and they believe
that she is mostly over it (besides some lethargy as it could remain in
her system for a while). Today was her first full day off medicine and
totally fever free! They said that they expect this to continue but if
her temp got to 102 to bring her into the hospital because it shouldn't
relapse another time. They do not expect Malaria or anything else at
They were a little appalled at the amount of
Tylenol Elena has consumed in the past 12 days (we were just following
doctors orders who insisted that she stay on it - round the clock every
3/4 hours!) and so they ran a liver function test- but it turned out
perfect. Her platelet counts are up (way up- making up the difference
from last week!) and all other counts are good.
PRAISING GOD! On Wednesday the 9th, the day we were supposed to come
home Elena was so very sick. We would have landed in Atlanta at 7pm
after she reached a 104 fever and would have gone to the hospital and
might have spent a few days there. Instead- with just one day
difference- we had the night in Guiamaca (stressful -true) but in the
end we returned home on the very day that she was recovering.
She is SO happy to be in her own space and own bed (the boys are too!) and we are over the moon to have her feeling well.
five days ago feverish Elena and Joe were riding in the back of the
pickup truck over dirt roads to go to the Doctor's house for more
testing. Tonight she is sleeping thousands of miles away- tucked in her
bed. In BOTH places we know God was with us and beside us and watching
over us. We will forever hold this experience in our hearts as a
testimony God's faithfulness and of a time we felt God's presence and
knew He was with our family. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.