We had our first meeting with Dr. Healey since Sarah's surgery on November 17. We had been looking forward to speaking with him for some time. We are praising God for the report we received today.
Dr. Healey provided a tremendous amount of encouragement. First and foremost regarding her labs, her bilirubin has returned to normal which is outstanding. He then explained the other significant factors included in the labs. AST and ALT are enzymes that the liver cells create. As with the other counts, the lower these are the better. The ALT is completely within the normal range and the AST is on its way there. The GGT, which are enzymes the bile ducts create, is trending towards normal but has some way to go. It needs to reach about 55 to become normal and is currently at 465. That may seem high but compared to where the counts were before it is excellent.
Dr. Healey is very pleased with Sarah's progress and noted that she is improving as fast as can be expected. If those blood counts were not continuing to decrease there would be some concern. While her belly is still quite bloated and obviously retaining fluid, Dr. Healey said that based on her gaining some chub on her arms and legs he is not concerned about her nutrition. He reminded us this is not a speedy process and to be patient.
Thanks for your continued prayers. We know God is doing a mighty work within Sarah. As a bonus, Patty even got to share on the air with Spirit105.3 today and they prayed for her while on the radio!