We have wonderful news to report from Elizabeth's endoscopy today. The procedure went well, and Elizabeth came through with flying colors. The varices, while still there, have shrunken by one grade. They saw only one small "red spot" (a sign of potential future bleeding) where before there were three. The three WashU experts who attended the procedure were delighted with the improvement, and feel like her current medication regimen must be working. As Matt puts it, "We're not sure the medication is helping, but we're positive the prayers are. We'll definitely keep taking the medications and we certaily won't stop praying!" Best of all, the good report means Elizabeth won't need endoscopy for another 6 months. For the time being, a liver transplant is, I think, officially off the table.
On the way home from the hospital, while the anesthesia was still wearing off, we stopped by our pediatrician's office for an ear check. Elizabeth has been "ignoring us" for about a week, and almost completely deaf for several days. The pediatrician confirmed double ear infections. She's such a tough little girl that she hadn't even been acting sick or complaining of ear pain! Pray that we've caught these infections in time and that the antibiotics will prevent any permanent hearing loss from occuring.
Thank you for your thoughts & prayers. We all feel good about today.
Matt & Sara
This picture was taken at the St. Louis Zoo yesterday...