Josh is in the hospital. They live in a small college town where Josh is the only CFer in the town. So it has been hard for them to find specialists that are skilled in CF let alone ever even seen a CF patient before. The long of the short of it is that the doctors he has been going to put him on oral anti-biotics; Levequin first. After 10 days of that they changed him to Cipro. As soon as Graciy told me he was on Levequin I told her it wasn't going to work. Those doctors didn't do a test for resistance. All you CFers out there know what I'm talking about. And Josh has been on Cipro his whole life. In fact in the '80s at one time the thinking was to keep you on an anti-biotic to prevent infection. Well, they quickly learned why that was the wrong thing to do when they were flooded with CFers into their hospitals resistant to all kinds of anti-biotics.
Sorry, getting back to the main topic. I was a little concerned when she told me he was changed to Cipro as I said because that was the one that he was put on all the time. So, I knew it was just a matter of time before he was going to build up a tolerance to it. Not to mention she said he was getting worse so instead of just changing his meds why didn't the doctors put him in the hospital?
Anyway, he was on Cipro for 2 weeks and just went downhill. So, NOW he's in the hospital. A good one. They had to drive into the next state but it was worth it because they found CF specialists. And one of the first things they said to Josh was, "Why did you take so long to get in here? This didn't have to happen."
I agree. This didn't have to happen. But I'm so thankful that they have finally found some good doctors that they can now always go to. So, maybe that's why this had to happen. I believe everything happens for a reason. The good, and the bad. Opposition in all things. We learn from all of our experiences. The positive and the negative. Often we learn more from the negative. Adversity only makes us stronger, if we let it.
This is one of their engagement photos taken in early 2007
Josh and Grace are some of the strongest people I know. They really are meant for each other. Please keep them in your prayers, and I know they will get through this trial just like they have gotten through every other trial...together and stronger!