Friday, February 3, 2012

Malachi is doing much better

Things are going really well in Nairobi. Sorry this update is delayed. I don't have access to Blogger so Cody is having to help me post this. We were waiting on the results of more tests before we posted anything new. After having the MRI, awaiting the culture on the spinal fluid and some other tests it is looking more like he has viral menengitis. It doesn't really change anything because they were treating him for both menegitis and encephalitis because you don't want to wait with either one. The good news is that we caught it early so it wasn't so severe. It also looks like he will not have any permanent damage, but the neurologist did suggest him having signs of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. No big surprise for us there. His kidney and bladder ultrasound came back showing he had an infection of both so he is also on treatment for that as well. My big question I had was, "Is there something causing his immune system to be so suppressed?" The doctor doesn't seem to think that is the case, and just said he could have had a virus that he never could quite get over which then eventually caused the menegitis. They did do several tests to rule out Tuberculosis because it can present itself very different in children but all the tests for this came back negative.

Outwardly Malachi is definately feeling better and is running all over the room playing football with a balloon. We also have a nice playground right outside our room in the Children's ward. We will to be until Tuesday so they can finish the treatment, and after that it is looking like we will be able to return home.

As for Eliana and I, we are doing good. I seem to have a fever. Cabin Fever. Luckily I have been able to get out of the hospital here and there, thanks to some helpful missionaries living in Nairobi. I have not been sleeping very good because after all, we are in a hospital where nothing is quite, and breakfast is extremely early! They are taking good care of us though. I have enjoyed not having to cook or clean! Not quite the vacation I was looking for but I'm thankful Malachi is getting good care and feeling better.

Also a big thank you to those who helped us with the expenses. I got half of the bill today and about fell over (although it is much cheaper than the States). I looked in our bank account online to see a big deposit. PRAISE GOD!! I am not quite sure who it all came from yet but we are VERY grateful!!
Cody and the kids are doing good back home and Cody has even been doing school with them! He is a great substitute teacher.


  1. So glad for the updates and answers to questions and answers to prayer. I hope you are able to rest your body and spirit somehow while there and that he begins to improve and feel stronger.

  2. ~Praise the Lord God!~ What wonderful news! Please know your surrounded by prayer warriors and may that help you sleep more peacefully!