I seldom put prayer requests on this blog, but this is a special case.
Our 19-year-old goddaughter Emily (who lives in Oregon) has been experiencing severe and mysterious pain in her intestines. We've known Emily since she was four, and she's grown up into a fine young woman. But for the last month or so, the pain in her abdomen has become so severe that it's kept her from eating and she's lost a LOT of weight. (She's tall and skinny to begin with, so losing weight is a severe problem.)
It's finals week at her college so she's been gallantly trying to keep up, but keeps fainting from pain. She's been to the emergency room numerous times and received IV fluids, but so far has eluded a diagnosis. There's a possibility of Crohn's Disease or pancreatitis.
This past Thursday she had a colonoscopy and endoscopy, and the doctor took 18 biopsies. She came home but the pain was so severe she's been hospitalized again. Last night her mother wrote, "We're heading back to the ER for IV fluids and pain management. She's passing out from the pain in her abdominal region... it's upper left quadrant (pancreas area) and radiating out in a fan-like formation." This morning she added, "We just spent the evening in the emergency room again and they admitted her this time, praise God! As of now they have her pain fairly well managed and other meds on board. I'm happy she's been admitted and that they've ordered a CT scan for tomorrow. I'll send updates as I have info."
This kid needs prayer, and a lot of them. Please pray that they are able to diagnose and treat Emily's condition.
(This is Emily and her mom on a special occasion. Her mom also sent a picture of Emily from her hospital bed, taken yesterday... and understandably asked that the photo not be included in this prayer request. Suffice it to say the photo was disturbing.)
Thank you for your prayers!