Dear Family, Friends, and supporters of Stephen all around the world –
Just a quick update. Stephen is showing some signs of improvement this morning. They have his oxygen down to 40% . His breathing patterns are better and he is more relaxed. They gave him some sleep aids and he was able to get a lot more sleep last night. He will get a chest x-ray and further testing later today (they do it everyday). I may post again then. It is just too tiring to call and text more than a couple of people.
The Cancer doctors are researching a medicine that can be used if the condition worsens. His condition has very little data on it and so it will be a difficult decision whether to use it or not. For those of you who are in the medical field or med students, the drug is called: etanercept. The medical condition that they think Stephen has is called: GVHD IPS (idiopathic pneumonitis syndrome or in some articles, idiopathic pneumonia syndrome). It is a rare but documented type of graft verses host. If he continues to improve with the steriods, then they will not need to use the drug. Praying that the steroids will work!!!!!! Go Steriods GO!
We are praying and exercising our faith in the power of the God who can make the lame walk and the blind see. I know he can and will heal Stephen if Stephen’s time on this earth is not complete. We have receive indisputable evidence that God is aware of us and is aware of Stephen. Knowing that God is all-powerful, and that He is aware of our situation, we can conclude with peace that His will, will be done.
Much love to you all from LDS ICU