November 23, 2010


Friends, I need some support and prayer.

I am afraid.

We received news today from Matt's doctor that his spleen needs to come out. The way she put it "sooner than later". As in the first week or so of January. No later than that.

We have known for about a 18 months, maybe two years that he has this blood disorder, thrombocytopenia. Basically he has very low platelet counts, and his spleen is enlarged because it is a hungry little bugger hoarding all the cells it's supposed to filter. His platelet and white cell counts have steadily declined, but they are reaching the point that is dangerous to him. In an adult, a normal count is about 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood. Matt's is 28,000. A year ago at this time it was 31,000. Any further decline (a count of 20,000 or less) could lead to spontaneous internal bleeding, and possibly even death due to the blood loss and his blood's inability to clot properly. Removing his spleen is the only way to cure this.

I am beyond scared. I am beyond terrified. I don't have big enough words for the emotions I'm feeling right now. I am trying to be strong for him because I can tell in his voice that he is beyond terrified of having the surgery, and of the implications of not having it. He is my big strong protector and to hear him with any waver of doubt and fear in his voice just slays me.

Please pray for him, for me, for us.

I've only had him for six years...

That's not nearly long enough.


  1. Oh goodness that is really scary. I will keep you both in my thoughts!

  2. Oh my, I am truly sorry that you are having to go through this. We will definetely keep you both in our prayers and in our thoughts as well. (((HUGS)))

  3. That is scary stuff. But I think not having the surgery is far scary than having it. Keep us posted. I'll be thinking of you. (((HUGS)))


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