It's been almost two weeks since my last post and a lot has happened in that time. I'm not sure why, but I seem to have less and less time to spend on my computer and honestly, things change so fast that I hesitate to update as often as I once did. First of all, for our family, the most exciting news is that we will soon be moving back to Petersburg. As much as we have loved our time and our neighbors in Taft, and as much as we appreciate David West for making that opportunity available to us, Petersburg is home. My mother has made the difficult decision of no longer living alone, so we will all be moving in together over the next couple of months. It should be great for all of us, but most importantly, neither she nor Zac will have to be alone as often. We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to be home again.
From Zac's perspective, life is wonderful even with recent pitfalls. We are in Nasville for the next couple of days for photopheresis but then we will be home again for a few days. After last week's visit, we learned that Zac's lungs still seem to be improving. They did see a spot on his right kidney, but so far have dismissed it as scar tissue. He also had a couple of inflamed lymph nodes but at this point, they are not worried about those either. The one downside to last week's visit is one that we have been anticpating. We were forewarned that this could happen and for Zac it seems to be par for the course. He's just trying everything. At a scheduled eye exam, cateracts were discovered. He will have to have cateract surgery soon. I asked the Dr. how soon the cateracts would totally impair his vision and she said normally, chemically induced cateracts (probably from prednisone) progressed very rapidly. She estimated that he would basically lose his vision within six months without surgery. Obviously, he will have the surgery. Cateract surgery, however, like so many of his recent challenges, comes with it's own set of side effects. In this case, he loses his near vision. Basically, anything within 5 feet of him will be a blur, which means having the surgery and then going from single vision glasses to bifocals. No hill for a climber, right?
Again, thank you all so much for keeping up with Zac's progress. Bless you all for your continued prayers and thoughtfulness.