Maybe I should stop?

It never seems to fail, you teach on a subject on Sunday at church, and that week God allows you to be tested in that area.  Sure enough, it happened to me.

Sunday Night I talked to students at Cross Current about Faith- what it takes to have real faith, how it is revealed, and how God can bless you for it.  Fast forward to Monday.  Addison gets up from her nap to use the bathroom and Andrea notices bruises and little pink splotches (which we found out is called petechiae).  So we take Addy to the doctors, then go get blood work, and then wind up in the ER at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (all in 3 hours) because Addison’s platelet count is low (6,000 as opposed to 150,000 which is normal).  Yeah, she was fine Monday morning and then bam, something is not right.

Talk about testing my faith!  This is my little girl.  And she is sick.  They admit her for the night and start throwing around words like leukemia, cancer and other auto-immune diseases.  Yeah, faith tested. I am scared to death.  I don’t know what is going to happen or how this is going to affect Addison.

Luckily it turned out to be ITP, which stands for Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (yeah, stick with ITP).  Basically what happens with ITP is that the antibodies in your blood that normally fight a virus get confused and start attacking your platelets.  That’s what happened to Addy.  Apparently happens in toddlers mainly, and is pretty common though I had never heard of it.

They gave her some medicine and her platelets improved to 28,000 so we got to go home late Tuesday Evening.  She will get another blood test in the morning and then be checked again next week to make sure the platelets are recovering.  IN about 80% of cases there are no second issues with it and nothing else will happen.  So her platelets are coming up and everything is good. 

SO maybe I should stop talking about things like faith, attitudes, and actions.  This week I am talking about how awesome it is when everything works out in your life, and you have everything you want 🙂



  1. Mike said

    Wow on times like that all you can do is pray like crazy.
    Last night after Lifegroups Nathan threw up when we got
    home and his sugars were not going up high enough even
    after drinking 3 juice boxes. Darcy took him to the doctors
    after he threw up again and he got checked out and now he
    seems to be back to normal.

  2. Mike said

    I guess I will blame Steve then due to he will be talking about stress relief for this up coming series 🙂 and I guess I was getting a little stressed out with Nathan not feeling well.

  3. Darcy said

    I’m glad it was nothing more serious. I know how scared you must have felt. Having your child in the hospital is no fun. I had to take Nathan in last night to after hours care at Kaiser because he was throwing up and his sugars were low (and I didn’t want to wait until they were too low and we had to call 911). Fortunately though he was able to keep stuff down and his sugars got high enough that they let us go home.

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