Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mercy Medical Update... May 2009

We had a WONDERFUL series of tests/ appointments in Cincinnati early this week. On Monday we had an echocardiogram, EKG, and meeting with the cardiologist. He said she looks, "Fantastic." Her heart size is reducing, which we suspected as she has a lot more energy. He had not seen her hemangioma since we started the propranalol, and was amazed at the reduction of the mass.

The next morning we had an MRI, but we don't have the results yet. Then we went to do a blood test which shows whether her body is making whatever hormone the prednisone replaced for two years. We won't get the results for a week or so.

From there they did a scan of her spine to see about the bone density. Evidently long term prednisone use can reduce the bone density. These results came back PERFECT... as if she never used prednisone. This is a miracle.

Then we saw Dr. Adams (hemangioma), Dr. Azizkan (head of surgery), and Dr. Elluru (ENT). They were all thrilled with her progress. She has an ear infection in the bad ear, so we have antibiotics. We also increased the propranalol, since she is doing so well cardiac wise.

AND!!! We don't have to return for 6 WEEKS! We have NEVER had a 6 week break from doctor's appointments. In this busy time of year, I am thankful to not have to go to Cincinnati!

In other Petersonclan news, Josiah fell off a slide at the park and hurt his foot. It is evidently not broken, but he is in bad enough pain for it to be. So he is out of commission. Lucky him... he now has no excuse to not know the Bible verses for the week. ;)

Off to make strawberry jam and weed the garden. Have a great day!


  1. Things are looking up. I have awarded you with a lovely award. Please stop by my blog to find out what.

    Cindy D

  2. Praise the Lord for good news on Mercy!!!! May the Lord continue to heal her!!

  3. So glad all is going well with Mercy...God is Good!! Don't you love how a sore foot effects the brain...AHEM...


  4. Oh how wonderful! So many people are praying for Merci and for your family. Praise God from whom all blessing flow. Lisa~

  5. Poor Josiah:(. I am so happy for all your good news for Mercy!

  6. If Mercy is being followed by Cincinnati Children's Hospital, you are in good hands! Dr. Cotton, an ENT doctor there, cured my son, who until then had needed a tracheotomy to live, 30 years ago when all the leading doctors in the USA said there was no hope. Five years later, the head of ENT at Children's National Medical Center, asked to shake my hand, the "hand of the mother who found the only doctor in the entire USA who could cure who son" -- and he wanted to know how I had found him since we had been living in Pittsburgh at the time.

    I have added Mercy to the prayer list at my blog. I hope that will help!

    Blessings to all of you!