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theeagleman5

Thanks for asking, Grip....she's doing much much better...I would say she's back to about 85%....still lacking the stamina for going back to work but she hopes to do that by the end of the coming week....she finally drove her car a little last night and this afternoon....it's been a slow but steady recovery and the Lord has been good.....drove up to Allentown, PA today to visit my 84 year old mom who had heart valve replacement surgery this past Monday.....she's doing amazingly well and should be released from the hospital within 48 hours....how funny is it that my wife spent 9 days in the hospital with viral meningitis and my elderly mom has major heart surgery and is out in a week?.....medical science can do some wonderful things....Thanks to everybody who has been praying for MrsEagleman....the Lord has answered them!.... :clap:

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theeagleman5

Thanks to all who continue to pray for my wife Rhonda who has taken ill again the past 2 months...she is being treated for encephalitis but has not made much progress despite 18 days in two different hospitals....we are still praying for a healing....God is in control!!!.... :clap:

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BlueGold

Praying with you, Eagleman.

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ORU82

In agreement Eagleman for Rhonda's complete healing.

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theeagleman5

Thanks, guys....TheEagleman is truly humbled that you would remember my wife in prayer.....she is really ill...almost like she had a stroke....and only 52 years old....medications so far have not been helping....thank you for praying!!!...we believe in Gods' healing power!

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ORUTerry

I continue to pray for you and your wife.

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theeagleman5

Thank you, Terry!....she's had a rough week and is feeling a lot of pressure in her head...continues to struggle with balance, speech, thought process....it's affecting all of her motor skills and her weight is way down because she has very little appetite.....she is so frail....we met with a neurologist at Penn last Friday who ordered a bunch of new tests but they are not scheduled until early April....and we have a big appt with a highly recommended infectious disease doctor at Penn a week from today whom we are told is tops in her field....pray for Dr. Ann Norris to figure this out.....our Pastor from Calvary Chapel made a call and got us in to see her because she treats his wife.....so that was a blessing....we also are scheduled to see the top ENT doc at Penn on April 16 thanks to a cancellation on the day we called to get an appointment...otherwise he was booked thru June.....so God is working!.....but still I am very concerned for my wife...she is so pale and weak....she doesn't look good....she is trying so hard but she just feels terrible....again, prayers are coveted!!!..... :clap:

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Cletus

Keeping your wife and you in prayer, eagleman.

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theeagleman5

Please keep praying for my wife tonight....she is heading back to the U of PA Hospital....she is very very sick.....God is in control!!!...

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MrsSmith

Praying that the doctors will have wisdom in their treatment.  Peace and comfort for all involved.  And HEALING in Jesus name.

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theeagleman5

Thanks so much...I was at the hospital til late last night and back this morning....met with the neurology team led by the head of the entire dept at Penn....these guys are serious.....they are still testing...did an EEG today and an MRI is going on now...doing a spinal tap tomorrow morning...so far they really can't find a physical cause for this and the neurology head man told me today that he thinks there may not be a physical cause....he thinks it's psychological.....I find that hard to believe but not sure since all the tests so far are negative....I have asked for an consult and they are granting it....but this is still very difficult...my wife is in a lot of pain and discomfort....we need a healing here......EXPECT A MIRACLE!!!!

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vcboy2000

Agreeing with you for your wife's healing, Eagleman!

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ORU82

Same here Eagleman. Thank you Jesus for her total healing.

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theeagleman5

thanks for your continued prayer on Rhonda's behalf.....TheEagleman had long conversations with doctors last night from infectious disease dept and they assured me that all her tests have come back negative...her brain is good...her heart is good...no cancer and no serious diseases.....she is not in any kind of life threatening situation....they clarified that they believe her illness was brought on by some kind of stresser....this happens more than one would think....she isn't nuts and she isn't making it up...she has a lot of pain and discomfort that is causing disorientation.....we can treat those symptoms...although it may take a while to get to whatever stresser in her life has set this off....we have excellent connections at Calvary Chapel to get my wife any counseling help that she will need....I believe my wife has had eating issues for a long time....it's about control...she eats healthy but she doesn't eat enough....maybe the toll of this for the past 25-30 years has caused her body to react....I believe that could be some of this....she's not real happy with this diagnosis but she is also in denial....her whole family agrees with me on it......so the good news is that she isn't going to die...the tests are good...but we still have a lot of work to do.....we will still consult with an ENT specialist to figure out why she has this fluid in her inner ears and sinuses causing her disorientation....but again, thank you for your love and concern....TheEagleman loves you all!!!...... :clap:

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ORUTerry

Interesting. I was discussing this with my wife last night and gave her a very brief overview of your wife's medical (physical) condition. Her first question was: "what kind of stress is she under?" I never mentioned anything except her physical condition.

We are praying for your wife, you and the doctors.

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theeagleman5

It's been over a year since I posted this one and asked for prayer on behalf of my wife, Rhonda....thought it was about time for an update....in April of 2015 we left the U of Pennsylvania Hospital with a diagnosis that my wife's illness was psychological in nature....I never agreed with it at the time but when a top neurologist at Penn tells you this it's hard to argue with them....well it turned out to be a pile of crap.....lol....we wound up in December 2015 at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD (after waiting 7 months for an appt) and met the most wonderful neurologist ever...Dr. Ayun Venkatasen....this guy is a genius.....he is actually a Neuroimmunolgist and specializes in exactly what my wife has been diagnosed with...autoimmune encephalitis.....a nasty brain infection made worse by auto immune disease....he brought Rhonda down to Johns Hopkins for a week in January of this year and put her through all kinds of testing and gave her immune globulin treatments for her illness....Dr. V's team of doctors was truly amazing!!!...Johns Hopkins is a serious place dedicated to finding the cause of health issues and solving them....unlike U of Penn which I will refrain from commenting on further since possible litigation may be happening in the future. Anyway, in the past 4-5 months Rhonda has made tremendous improvement....she still has a long way to go but her weight is back to normal, she is stronger and no more wheelchair...we visited Dr. V about 3 weeks ago and he was very pleased with Rhonda's progress....she still has sensory perception issues, balance issue, sensitive hearing and some eye problems....the doctor feels this could be related to the ear infection that started this whole thing and there is a nerve in the inner ear which if damaged can cause all of the problems she has....so, on June 3 our next visit to Baltimore we are going to see a top Ear/Nose/Throat Specialist at Johns Hopkins for his opinion...so pray for that.....a year ago I thought that we might lose her but today she is so much improved....she is still disabled and cannot drive or go out on her own....but I still believe a full healing is in the future...we wait on the Lord's timing but we are now with the right doctors....God Bless Johns Hopkins and Dr. V!!!.....:D

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MrsSmith

Glad to hear that she is improving!  Waiting is hard, but it sounds like you are on the right path now.

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TrueBlue82

Great update, eagleman!

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theeagleman5

Amazing that the Penn Doctors never put her auto immune issues together with the brain damage...her brain wasn't healing properly due to the auto immune....granted the condition she has is rare and we found no doctor in the Philadelphia area who specialized in it....one general neurologist at Jefferson Hospital finally connected the two issues but the treatment she prescribed was declined by our health insurance even after several appeals....that's when we wound up at Johns Hopkins were we found this doctor who specialized in exactly the condition my wife suffers from...as far as I can tell the only doctor anywhere on the east coast....he even teaches a course on it at Johns Hopkins University and has published several research papers on auto immune Encephalitis....he concurred with the treatments prescribed by the Jefferson doctor and did 3 days worth in January at the brand new $1 Billion John Hopkins Hospital in downtown Baltimore...treatments were like a chemotherapy...a 6 hour drip mixture of blood products and medicine designed to build up the immune system....it takes a few months to notice any improvement but we are seeing it now.....and the insurance company for some reason paid for all of the treatments at Johns Hopkins....lol......the doctors may decide to do more treatments later in the year but for now she seems to be doing so well that Dr. V doesn't want to do more because there is risk as with any blood product transfusion....the next step is the ENT doc next week to see if her continuing sensory and balance problems are inner ear related.....we think that's very possible......thanks again for all the prayers...we are grateful!!!...:D

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