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4/6/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. BACKGROUND:
Marc has suffered the effects of Crohn’s disease for over 30 years. In that time, he has had 2 major surgeries to open numerous strictures that were obstructing the small intestine. In his last surgery in 2006, Marc also suffered septicemia from surgery complications and was labeled their “miracle patient” as he recovered.
Over a year ago, Marc started having significant issues not only with more obstructions but also with significant bleeding. He has been on IV feeding (TPN) for 11 months now and has not eaten anything by mouth in 7 months. Unfortunately, his liver is feeling the effects of this TPN feeding and has progressed to the point where another surgery is the only option left and needs to be done ASAP. Marc needs nutrition via his gut to replace the TPN.
Marc will be having this abdominal surgery on April 13 at OHSU to attempt to repair/open several intestinal blockages as well as numerous other issues. The intestines are very hard to image from the outside of the body so the surgery will start as exploratory in nature and then proceed has they get a better picture of problem areas and make decisions as they encounter the challenges.
In a simple world, the goal would be to cut out all the bad stuff, leave the good stuff and normal digestion would be restored for another 50K miles. This surgery, however, presents so many if’s, and’s, & but’s,that we can’t even wrap our head around all the possible outcomes. So if you feel so inclined, would you pray for God to intervene in what appears to be a potentially problematic surgery/recovery.
PRAISE: God has been so faithful in providing through the years. It has not been easy and definitely not how we would have written the story, however, we are servants of a great and glorious God who is preparing us for an eternal kingdom. He has proven His love and faithfulness to us and we want no other choice but to completely trust in His sovereignty in all things. Lest we forget, He is the potter and we are but the clay.
We are thankful for each of you who are walking beside us in this journey. I will try to update this journal often and will also hope that Marc recovers quickly since I am NOT a writer by gifting or choice.