...In our continuing saga, Tiffany continues to mystify the doctors. In trying to piece the puzzle together, it would appear that the doctors (multiple at this stage, and in consultation one with another) still hold that the bone marrow biopsy that diagnosed Tiffany looks like hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. However, they did not find any in the spleen or the liver. The mystery comes as they are now thinking that Tiffany may have ITP, a condition that lowers the platelet levels, and in turn, has no apparent connection to what they found in the bone marrow. The fact that she is not showing any symptoms of what they would expect in someone who has hepatosplenic T-Cell lymphoma keeps the mystery continueing. For now, the decision has been to simply watch her. Initially (last week) the doctor was thinking once every six weeks or so. But because they still think the bone marrow looks like it contains cancer, they want to see her every couple of weeks or so to continue blood tests and watch for further symptoms, if any, to come.
I reserve the right to share some of my thoughts on this later, but suffice it to say, we are excited in that there is enough mystery here that still holds out hope that things will be OK. We believe a miracle has been created by the countless prayers and we are excited that, if at least for now, we get to celebrate Christmas and enjoy bringing in the New Year without spending it in the hospital.
It would have been a Christmas to remember. Indeed, it already is.
I was hoping this would end with the call from the doctors today, that they would say all was misdiagnosed and that there was nothing to worry about. Instead, we go forward, with an eye of faith, knowing that there is still no reason to worry. We still believe that the God of the heavens is in charge. Knowing that - is all the peace we need.
Joy to the world.