Luke Update

Quick update on Luke – I took him to Duke hospital today to see a pediatric rheumatologist.  He’s had swelling in his right foot off and on for the last year.  We had a good visit.  He saw about 4 doctors in the whole process of things.  The main guy believes he has “post-strep arthritis” – which is related to a strep infection.  He’s going to go on an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory to see if the swelling decreases, and then check back in in a month.  He’ll then likely have to be on the antibiotic for a year or so, as a preventative.

All in all, this is pretty good news.  There are some more serious things it could have been but it’s looking like those are getting ruled out.

Just thought I’d update, since several of you have asked.  Thanks for praying for Luke and me today.  We did wear our Carolina shirts.  And it turns out that apparently there are more Carolina fans than Duke fans working there, based on the comments we heard.  (It’s always good to see nice Carolina people taking Duke money)

One funny thing – the first doc was doing the intake and asked about allergies.  When I said he had none, he looked at me as seriously as he could and said “Yes I do, dad.  I’m allergic to pickles.”  She wrote that down on his chart.

 

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9 Responses to “Luke Update”

  1. Katie Robinson Says:

    Great news, Jerel…and glad you guys didn’t overlook the pickle allergy. (High-five, Luke!)

  2. Carolyn Says:

    Well, I just read your Bailey update earlier this evening and cried, now I’m laughing at the pickle allergy. I just have to tell you, you are an awesome guy! God Bless!

  3. BJ Wright Says:

    so glad for a good report and loving the dook (you need to spell it correctly 😉 jabs. we lived in durham for 13 years and wore our carolina blue and state red (that’s another story) proudly about town! blessings on you and your family, jerel!

  4. Nancy Cork Says:

    I am so glad to hear the good news from Luke’s visit to Duke! We continue to think and pray fro all of your family!

  5. gillian Says:

    Just love Luke’s comment, and that the doc took it down. The doc gets props in my book. That made me smile. Glad for the good news at the hospital today.

  6. Robin Says:

    Thanks for the update. Glad everything went well.

  7. lisa Nageotte Says:

    still checking in on you guys. although we have never met, you inspire me, and make me cry, in a way that is good. Happy tears. Thinking of you guys so much, and reading your bailey section was so sweet and tearful! I enjoyed reading the pickle comment and laughing through the tears. Hoping you find strength and joy each day.

  8. Joan Says:

    I am a school nurse and you got me with the pickles allergy…sounds like one of my own. Blessings on each day. You are all in my daily thoughts and prayers.

  9. Melissa Durham Says:

    That is great new for you and Luke…and thank you for the laugh!!! We will still keep you in our prayers!!!

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