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My sister
« on: March 12, 2008, 03:23:53 PM »
Friends,

Please remember in your prayers the servant of God CAROLYN, my sister, who has barely eaten anything in the past week due to an as yet undiagnosed stomach condition.  It's not the flu and the anti-nausea medication isn't helping.  She's going in for some more tests tomorrow.

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Re: My sister
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008, 03:25:23 PM »
Lord have mercy.
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Re: My sister
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008, 03:27:50 PM »
Lord have Mercy. I hope that a diagnosis is forthcoming.

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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2008, 04:15:53 PM »
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2008, 07:02:54 PM »
Could she be pregnant?
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2008, 07:06:45 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2008, 07:29:30 PM »
Lord, have mercy!
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Re: My sister
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2008, 11:42:20 PM »
Dear Lord, please help your servant. Lord, have mercy.

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2008, 12:15:04 AM »
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2008, 12:19:11 AM »
A very stressful and worrisome time for your whole family.  I pray she is returned to health very soon.  God be with your sister and family.
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2008, 12:33:02 AM »
My prayers are with your family.  May the Lord restore her to good health.
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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2008, 01:11:47 AM »
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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2008, 02:14:00 AM »
Lord have mercy.

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Re: My sister
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2008, 11:12:55 AM »
Could she be pregnant?


Of all things that it could be, it most certainly is not that.  My sisters will most likely forever remain the "Spinster Aunts" of my nieces and nephews :)

She's getting her tests done as I type this.  Hopefully we'll hear something soon.

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Re: My sister
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2008, 02:12:17 PM »
Lord have mercy on the work of Your Hands.
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« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2008, 03:21:24 PM »
Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2008, 07:25:29 PM »
Of all things that it could be, it most certainly is not that.  My sisters will most likely forever remain the "Spinster Aunts" of my nieces and nephews :)

She's getting her tests done as I type this.  Hopefully we'll hear something soon.

Thank you all for your prayers.

Okay.  I just wanted to get that out of the way.  :)  I hope it is nothing serious!
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Re: My sister
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2008, 07:59:01 PM »
Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2008, 01:59:25 PM »
Lord have mercy!
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Re: My sister
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2008, 02:01:29 PM »
Okay.  I just wanted to get that out of the way.  :)  I hope it is nothing serious!


Still nothing as much, yet, but when my father found out they were giving her an ultrasound, he exclaimed, "You're not pregnant?!" :)
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Re: My sister
« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2008, 04:42:30 PM »
UPDATE:

Not the gall bladder and nothing in the cancer area.  She's being sent to a gastroenterologist tomorrow. 

Thank you all for your continued prayers.
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« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2008, 11:31:14 PM »
May God grant her complete recovery!

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« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2008, 04:55:15 PM »
My prayers for Carolyn.  I just got over a stomach illness that lasted 2 weeks and with all the testing they did all they could say is that it was some kind of virus.  That's why sometimes I depend more on prayers than doctors.

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« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2008, 04:58:37 PM »
Still nothing as much, yet, but when my father found out they were giving her an ultrasound, he exclaimed, "You're not pregnant?!" :)


When they did my ultrasound they found that I have an enlarged liver that was caused by non alcoholic fatty liver disease.  I wouild have been better off financially at least, if they found that I was pregnant.

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« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2008, 05:19:26 PM »
 Lord have mercy on your servant Carolyn.

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Re: My sister
« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2008, 04:26:43 PM »
Lord have mercy on Your servant Carolyn.
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« Reply #26 on: March 21, 2008, 10:24:39 AM »
Lord have mercy.
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Re: My sister
« Reply #27 on: March 21, 2008, 11:48:23 AM »
Friends,

Please remember in your prayers the servant of God CAROLYN, my sister, who has barely eaten anything in the past week due to an as yet undiagnosed stomach condition.  It's not the flu and the anti-nausea medication isn't helping.  She's going in for some more tests tomorrow.

May I suggest she have allergy testing for food allergies.  It was this type of symptom, along with a tremendously bad case of heart burn and a trip to the ER which got that ball rolling for me.  Eighteen months later with serious avoidance of allergic foods and I feel like a new person.

Lord have mercy on your handmaiden Carolyn.
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« Reply #28 on: March 21, 2008, 12:25:44 PM »
I continue to pray for Carolyn.

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Re: My sister
« Reply #29 on: March 22, 2008, 09:20:28 PM »
Lord have mercy!
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« Reply #30 on: March 22, 2008, 10:12:46 PM »
Lord have mercy on Your servant Carolyn and grant to the doctors wisdom as they diagnose her problem. I pray it will be nothing serious and that she'll soon be feeling much better!
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« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2008, 01:43:16 PM »
Lord, have mercy!

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Re: My sister
« Reply #32 on: March 26, 2008, 02:05:19 PM »
Once again, thank you for all your prayers.

As an update, she had an endoscopy/biopsy today.  The new specialist thinks it may be some form of gastritis caused by bacterial infection.  She's lost 20 pounds over the past month as she's barely eaten anything substantial due to the nausea. 

test results are due beginning of next week.

We're mostly praying now for patience in dealing with inept medical professionals ;)
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« Reply #33 on: March 26, 2008, 04:00:14 PM »
Continued prayers, my wife keeps searching for a real Dr. House...

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« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2008, 04:21:56 PM »
Prayers fro your sister , that this will clear up swiftly now you have some idea of what is going on.
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Re: My sister
« Reply #35 on: April 10, 2008, 11:44:48 AM »
thank you all for your continued prayers for my sister.

She was finally diagnosed with a bacterial infection that was also causing acid reflux.  She's on two antibiotics and something else at the moment.  Why it took a month to diagnose a condition which seems pretty obvious to my untrained eye from the getgo, I don't know.  However, she's getting better and will hopefully be able to regain some of the 30 pounds she lost over the past month quickly.

Thank you again and let us give glory to God!

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« Reply #36 on: April 10, 2008, 11:47:09 AM »
Wonderful news!  Glory to God. :)
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« Reply #37 on: April 10, 2008, 12:06:01 PM »
Glory to God!

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« Reply #38 on: April 10, 2008, 12:15:44 PM »
Awesome!  Glory to God.
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« Reply #39 on: April 10, 2008, 01:43:47 PM »
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Re: My sister
« Reply #40 on: April 10, 2008, 02:10:07 PM »
Glory to God.  May her recovery continue unimpeded.  Lord, have mercy on her.
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« Reply #41 on: April 10, 2008, 02:21:30 PM »
Glory to God! May He heal her, the Healer of our souls and bodies.
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« Reply #42 on: April 10, 2008, 06:47:39 PM »
Glory to God! What a relief to learn it's nothing more serious. I was fearful it was Crohn's or Celiac or something by your earlier desciption, so this is certainly good news! May she continue to improve and gain strength and weight!
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Glory to God.
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« Reply #44 on: April 11, 2008, 10:24:09 AM »
A wonderful blessing Schultz.  Praise God your sister finally has an answer.  I too have bad reflux and it is a funny problem.  Mine causes asthma-like symptoms and inner ear problems.  Your sister is going to have to do some investigative work to figure out what triggers her symptoms, what foods she should avoid, even changing her sleep positions (left side not right side, bed blocks to raise the head of the bed, no sleeping on multiple pillows, etc..).   
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« Reply #45 on: April 14, 2008, 06:08:17 PM »
I'm glad to hear she's diagnosed and getting better!  :D
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« Reply #46 on: April 14, 2008, 07:36:10 PM »
Very good news. May God provide her complete quick recovery.

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« Reply #47 on: April 18, 2008, 02:32:33 AM »
O Christ, Who alone art our Defender: Visit and heal Thy suffering servant Carloyn, delivering her from sickness and grievous pains. Raise her up that she may sing to Thee and praise Thee without ceasing, through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Thou Who alone lovest mankind.
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Re: My sister
« Reply #48 on: April 22, 2008, 11:22:49 AM »
New update.

My sister-in-law finally dragged my sister to Johns Hopkins here in Baltimore due to her continued weight loss and the fact that she still doesn't really feel any better even though she's completed the treatment.  Ironically enough, it's the same hospital my mother-in-law is in (for her heart trouble, if you've been following my requests!) so tonight we'll be able to hit two birds with one stone, so to speak.

JH is often noted as the best hospital in the US so she's in good hands finally.

Your continued prayers for CAROLYN are much appreciated.
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« Reply #49 on: April 22, 2008, 11:57:02 AM »
praying!! so very sorry to hear of carolyn's continued weight loss :(

i pray the medical staff will be given wisdom to find the problem and the treatment. may God grant her health!
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« Reply #50 on: April 22, 2008, 12:23:13 PM »
Continuing in prayer, Lord have mercy on Your servants.
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« Reply #51 on: April 22, 2008, 12:59:41 PM »
Lord, have mercy on the work of Your hands!
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Re: My sister
« Reply #52 on: May 27, 2008, 01:30:04 PM »
Update.

We're still not sure what's going on totally.  A CAT scan showed that food is simply not moving from her stomach into the rest of the GI system.  She has wicked gird which is causing a certainly understandable reticence in eating most anything in those times when she actually is hungry.  She'll find out the results of the latest tests in a couple of days.  The hardest part is, of course, not knowing what is going on.  All the diagnoses so far have either been outright wrong or only half right.  While my sister is understandably depressed through this whole thing, my mother is taking it all particuarly hard.  She told me today through tears that she was afraid my sister was just not going to wake up someday.

Please continue to remember the servant of God CAROLYN and my poor, saintly mother EVELYN in your prayers.
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« Reply #53 on: May 27, 2008, 01:32:24 PM »
Lord, have mercy!
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« Reply #54 on: May 27, 2008, 01:35:07 PM »
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« Reply #55 on: May 27, 2008, 01:51:00 PM »
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« Reply #57 on: May 28, 2008, 09:42:10 AM »
Lord have mercy on Carolyn and Evelyn.

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Re: My sister
« Reply #58 on: May 28, 2008, 09:50:08 AM »
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Re: My sister
« Reply #59 on: November 07, 2008, 01:03:51 PM »
I just wanted to first thank everyone for their continued prayers for my sister and to give an update.

She has finally been diagnosed with Addison's Disease, an endocrine disorder that is, thankfully, easily treatable with oral medication.  As it happens, Addison's was one of the main causes for the death of my grandmother (it is not, however, hereditary).  My father, who never remembers anything like this, recalled this fact after the doctor brought up the possibility.  He was quite relieved to hear that it's not hereditary.

At any rate, thank you again for your prayers and please join me in offering glory to God for the closing of this horrible chapter in my sister's life.  :)
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Re: My sister
« Reply #60 on: November 07, 2008, 01:41:07 PM »
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Re: My sister
« Reply #61 on: November 07, 2008, 01:45:25 PM »
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Re: My sister
« Reply #62 on: November 07, 2008, 01:47:26 PM »
I just wanted to first thank everyone for their continued prayers for my sister and to give an update.

She has finally been diagnosed with Addison's Disease, an endocrine disorder that is, thankfully, easily treatable with oral medication.  As it happens, Addison's was one of the main causes for the death of my grandmother (it is not, however, hereditary).  My father, who never remembers anything like this, recalled this fact after the doctor brought up the possibility.  He was quite relieved to hear that it's not hereditary.

At any rate, thank you again for your prayers and please join me in offering glory to God for the closing of this horrible chapter in my sister's life.  :)

Glory to God! It's not a fatal disease. She just needs to take glucocorticoids. JFK had Addison's disease since he was a little boy, and very few people even knew about it. As long as your sister takes glucocorticoids, she should be fine.
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Re: My sister
« Reply #63 on: November 07, 2008, 02:23:58 PM »
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Re: My sister
« Reply #64 on: November 07, 2008, 03:20:32 PM »
Glory to God! No one ever rejoices at hearing they have a chronic illness, but at least this sounds as if it is manageable.

Isn't Addison's Disease frequently mentioned on House when he starts his differential diagnosis discussions with his assistants?
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Re: My sister
« Reply #65 on: November 07, 2008, 04:13:36 PM »
Glory to God!
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Re: My sister
« Reply #66 on: November 11, 2008, 08:14:06 PM »
Glory to God!
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Re: My sister
« Reply #67 on: November 11, 2008, 08:21:55 PM »
Glory to God! I've often thought of your sister, wondering how she was doing, as my health problems- the symptoms of which appeared somewhat similar- began about the same time as hers.
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Re: My sister
« Reply #68 on: November 15, 2008, 11:49:01 PM »
Deo gratias!
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