Jan 21st – update

Good morning!

We are back in OKC after a fast, but good, trip to Johns Hopkins. We were unable to see the pulmanologist, but already have an appt. to see the pulmanologist here, and the two will confer. We will actually see Dr. Feller-Kopman at JH in May. The rheumatologist, Dr. Hellmann, spent a lot of time with Kent, along with another dr. who is studying under Dr. Hellmann to specialize in researching RP! She was fascinated by Kent, of course. The results were:

1. The primary issue right now is getting the steroids down consistently, while still controlling the disease, so that Kent can lose weight. We will increase the chemo drug to maximum, then lower the steroids. That process will take 6 weeks. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, we will try a new drug to replace the chemo one. It is one that has been successful treating severe lupus (another auto-immune disease). As usual, trying new things to see what works. Pray that Kent can succeed at losing weight. It is such a trial for him. Dr. Hellmann said he has never seen anyone lose weight at the level of steroids Kent needs. Keeping the weight at the same level is hard work! But it is very necessary.

2. Kent’s great adjustment to his new lifestyle has amazed his doctors, which Dr. Hellmann stated, again. He said his goal is to adjust the treatment of the disease to 50% of the success that Kent has shown in his adjustment to life. Kent’s positive attitude and motivation to live every day to its fullest, has made an effect on this fine man.

3. Dr. Hellmann checked Kent’s aorta for leaks or for any sign that the disease has started to work there. Everything checked out to show that his aorta is fine – great news.

4. It was a fast trip, but Kent and I had fun. All connections and weather worked out well (THANK YOU for your prayers!). We were tired when we arrived, so we got a quick sandwich, and rented a movie in our room. It was one we had wanted to see in theater, but had missed, so it was a treat. Yesterday went smoothly. In fact, after our appt. with Feller-Kopman was cancelled, we went directly to the airport, and were able to catch an earlier flight home. We made it on stand-by on two flights! It was nice to get home early and settle in.

It was so evident that we were being prayed for. You can almost feel the protection and care that is being given because of your prayers. We thank you so much. We are staying home for over a month now, so Kent will have time to test the new meds plan, and, knowing him, maybe start a new book. I’ll wait and see.

In Him, Davidene

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

3 Responses to Jan 21st – update

  1. Guy Madison says:

    Great news. Thank you for the update!

  2. susan fowler says:

    Grateful for a wonderful report. May God continue to guide and heal.

  3. Cathy Westm says:

    Of course the doctor finds him fascinating… we all do! Lifting you two love doves up to Jesus and trusting in Him all the way!

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