Mary Johnston Update

As of last night, Mary was still struggling as she is receiving her treatments.  With all of the swelling in her organs, her spleen seems to be giving her particular trouble.  The doctors aren’t sure why, but she has been receiving pain meds and other things to allow her to rest.  Another concern is that her fevers have spiked again.  This usually happens after the chemo treatments finish, but it has begun earlier for some reason.  Another new development is that she now has a rash from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet, most likely a reaction to the drugs.  Another possibility perhaps, is that with her immune system compromised, she is now manifesting an allergy to old pig farmers (Bro. Bob)…but I am no doctor.  This round of chemo will be finished up today and then a short waiting game to see how it has worked.  Please continue to lift them up in prayer…

Mary Johnston Update

Called to get an update on Mary today…when Bob answered the phone, his voice sounded a little funny but I figured it was just because he was tired.  I asked him how Mary was doing and he said she had a bad night last night.  I then asked if there were any changes and he said, “Three of her toes fell off”…it was then I realized that my pastor, Mark Wagenschutz had Bro. Bob’s phone!  I am glad that my pastor is able to go down and spend a few days with them…I hope Bro. Bob can keep him out of trouble…

Mary did indeed have another rough night.  The Leukemia has or is causing a lot of swelling in her spleen, kidneys, liver, and intestines.  The doctors are giving her some medicine to help with kidney function, however, she has been in a lot of pain due to the swelling.  Once this round of treatment is done, they have told them that they will try to get some bone marrow to see if the treatments are helping.  They will also be doing a different 3 day, experimental treatment after that.  If everything goes to plan, she will be there until April 21st before they try to phase her out of the hospital and continue with with follow-up treatments.  Please continue to pray that the drugs will work and that God will answer all of our prayers for Mary’s recovery…

P.S. – Mary still has all of her toes…hehe

Mary Johnston Update

Mary has been on the chemo now since Friday afternoon and it is making her extremely sick.  She had to receive more blood and platelets on top of that yesterday.  The chemo is causing a great deal of pain and she pretty much all of the other side effects that chemo treatment brings.  Bro. Bob stated that they have her sedated, but the pain is too much.  She just lays there in a fetal position and they try to get the nausea under control.  There was a moment of levity on the phone when he was explaining that he doesn’t do well with vomit and that he has to keep a bucket going for him too.  Dawn is on her way back to the hospital to help and that will be good for him so he can get some rest.  They 24 hour a day chemo will continue through Friday at noon, and we are praying that this works.  Have you any days of fasting and prayer?  Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer; supporting tottering knees…Storm the throne of grace and persevere till Friday, and pray that grace and mercy will come down…

Mary Johnston Update

After a difficult night of fighting fevers and then being treated for some kind of infection, the doctors told Mary on Thursday afternoon that she has a type of Leukemia that responds well to chemo.  Of course with hers being so far along, that poses some issues.  Her chemo treatments have been put off as she waited for these test results and because of the fevers, and need for blood transfusions.  This news from the doctor is good news and has lifted Bob and Mary’s spirits.  They decided on attempting to start the chemo on Friday.

Thursday night was another hard night for her, with temperatures reaching 104 degrees and receiving more blood.  She is exhausted, but they are starting the chemo today.  At around 12 pm, CST they were getting Mary hooked up as I spoke on the phone with Bob.  They were deeply moved when I communicated that christians were going to be fasting for Mary while she struggles through this treatment.  I hope those that know and love the Johnstons, and even those that don’t, but love missionaries would fervently pray for them.  I am praying that it is God’s will for her to win this battle…the people of Haiti and the Dominican need her…Bob needs her…we all do.

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