I have mentioned before about how God has sent us numerous people over the past year+ to help with the emotional and medical aspect of Nathan's issues. I am constantly amazed at how he has blessed us in this way...people to give us advice, experience and comfort.
I "met" a woman on an online pediatric medical forum a few months ago. She and I started emailing back and forth because our sons had almost the same exact symptoms...tachypnea, hypotonia, reflux, almost identical lab results, mild muscle weakness, etc etc etc. In fact, there are only a couple of symptoms where they differ. Her son, Joseph, is almost exactly one month older than Nathan.
We have talked in depth about how we both believe that God brought us together during the past few months. She is the one person I email with questions and problems to see what her take or experience is or just when I am having a bad day and need a shoulder to cry on...and vice versa. We both understand exactly what the other is going through right now, and we have had a running joke for the longest time that when one of our boys finally gets diagnosed, it would be diagnosing both osf them at the same time...that's how similar they are. We have emailed almost daily for the past few months, exchanged photos and Christmas cards, and told stories and accomplishments about our other children (she has 2 other boys close in age to our girls). I have prayed for her family on numerous occasions, and I know for sure that she has done the same for us. I consider her a close friend, and I am truly thankful for her and the help she has been to me over the past few months.
My friend and her husband took Joseph (and their two other boys) to Cleveland in November to meet with a doctor who specializes in Mitochondrial Disease. The Dr. said that he does indeed think that Joseph has mitochondrial disease, albeit a mild presentaion of the disease at this time (just exactly what we have been told about Nathan), but he recommended a muscle biopsy to look further into this assumption.
Our little mid-western friends are once again in Cleveland now undergoing the same tests Nathan had in November. Joseph is undergoing a muscle biopsy Thursday morning...just a few days before his first birthday. Please pray for my dear friends.
Also, I desperately ask that you pray for the Knight family. Their son, Samuel, has a presumed mitochondrial disease and is very, very sick right now. He is battling pneumonia and a central line infection and is currently intubated in the ICU. From what we have heard from close friends, it is not looking good right now, and my heart is heavy for this dear family. Please pray for this precious boy and his family. Our God can heal! Pray for healing of these infections for Samuel!