The Genetic Counselor called from Children’s around 6 pm to confirm that Jayden DOES NOT have Hurlers. Syndrome, one of the 11 potential Syndromes under the umbrella of MPS, which we now know he has for sure. We are relieved. Hurlers was one of the two they suspected and effected boys and girls. The thrid test results will come on Monday and we are hoping it will confirm Hunter’s Syndrome because it boasts some hopeful success stories and has treatment. It also is the only syndrome that effects only boys. the other 9, which are less likely for Jayden to have effects boys and girls so we are leaning towards, as is the Dr., Hunter’s. If it comes back positive, we will meet with a specialist as early as Tuesday and begin more testing to research the severity of the disease thus far and begin enzyme replacement therapy once a week at Children’s in Chicago. Treatments will not cure MPS but will drastically reduce the onset of the progression of the disease. I think it’s like a weekly cleaning of his system, injecting him with working enzymes. We will let you know more info as we learn about it.
It’s raining outside. I am listening to music, candles are lit and my house is warm and smells like fall. It makes me smile. Brooklyn is smiling in her swing. Jayden is at school. Jut is at work. These are the moments we are clinging to. This brief since of calm. Of God carrying us.
We contacted the genetic counselor from children’s lat night via e-mail to see if we could get Jayden’s test results prior to next wed as the days of hoping the best and thinking the worst were blending together. She called this morning and told us there are a series of three tests they were doing and the first test was testing his urine to confirm he has MPS. That came back positive. Basically we know he now has MPS we just don’t know what form of it he has. On Friday we will get confirmation on Hurlers Syndrome. Out of the two they think, this is the one we don’t want. If it comes back positive, there is a 50% chance Brooklyn will have it, and, although there is treatment, this is the worse of the two evils. If it comes back negative, we will find out Monday or Tuesday if it is Hunter’s Syndrome. Out of all the syndrome’s this is the better one with more success stories. It also consists of weekly trips to Chicago for treatment. There is a chance that it could also come back negative. If that is the case, more testing will done to see which syndrome he has. The Dr.’s suspect Hunter’s based on his presenting symptoms and the absence of cornial clouding (cloudy eyes). We are hoping now for Hunter’s as the others are worse and we are hoping for early and quick treatments and a mild case of it. That is the best scenerio. Pray with us for that specifically. So what’s next? More testing in all areas of Jayden’s life to see where he is on the progression of the disease and treatments with a specialist at Children’s in the city. There are no guarentees of a long future but the ERT treatments have proven very successful in delaying the diseases symptoms.
We are hanging in there. Jut was hoping for a mistake, that he didn’t have MPS. I think I knew he had it but how I am scared to hear further. We are still leaning on your words and prayers. We are still taking turns crying although my tears have dried up. We are clinging with our nails dug into the truth of God’s promises. His Words are sometimes the only thoughts we can come up with. We are thankful the answers are coming. We are thankful for every moment with our children, each other, and our family and friends. I was telling a friend, it feels like I was living in black and white and now I am living in color. I am sad this is what it took to make me see what it means to trust Christ. Please trust Him with us. Thanks…we love you!
We want to thank you for the overwhelming response we have received. We couldn’t do this without you. please don’t stop praying. Did I mention how good God is?! He has put all of you in our lives…in this moment..to wrap us in a warm blanket of love as we face the cold. The comfort from God is directly coming from you. Your words, now nine pages long, are posted on our refrigerator, reminding us of God’s goodness! The words of encouragement, whether spoken in prayer, in tears, in e-mails are like sweet honey. We are clinging to them. So, thank you just doesn’t seem like enough.
Jut and I are hanging in there. We each take turns crying. We are being optimistic as we try to process what we know. There has been some great info we have read online and we are hopeful. We are just trying to survive the waiting game as days are blending together. The most important thing is for us to not loose sight of today. Today is another gift with our children. We can’t loose sight of this. We again are thankful to God for helping us see the good in all of this. We are trying to avoid the darkness of “what if?” and we are trying to enjoy all the moments we have. We are learning to not just “do” life but embrace it. We are feeling the urgancy to cling to God like never before. Our days are not promised…nor are they IT…what wonderful things Heaven promises!
Please, enjoy your family and loved ones today. As you think of our family…rejoice in God and take a moment to intentionally enjoy family as we are enjoying ours.
We will keep you posted!
Thank you for you overwhelming outpour of support and prayer. Thank you for crying with us. We are trying to remain calm as, again, we have no answers. Of course there are negative thoughts that are coming in and we want to be positive and optimistic while still being realistic. jayden is the same ole Jayden! Eating ice cream, laughing and sleeping like a baby! He doesn’t know any different. As I cry and start going to dark places, the Lord continuely rescues my mind. Ot is your words and your prayers that are sustaining us right now! He is using you to comfort us and hold us up. Here are some thoughts:
Posted October 06, 2009
I wanted to give everyone an upate on Jayden.
We all know Jayden has a bigger head and a developmental/speech delay. Well, the doctor noticed over the past couple months Jayden’s liver was enlarged. He bagan to be concerned about if all these “unrelated” things would add up to a genetic disorder and, after today we think he is right.