We have received some answers in regards to Rachel's health. It was good to be able to know what we are up against and get a plan of attack in helping Rachel get back to feeling better.
Rachel does have acute inflammation of the brain caused by a virus. She also has spinal fluid leaking causing her brain to lack all the fluid it needs. The doctor also found a bacterial infection in her body and a decrease in her red blood cells. There is also issues with her thyroid. The doctor visit was beneficial in regards to the fact that we were able to find the answers for which we had been looking; and point us in the direction we need to go in getting Rachel better.
We have chosen to go a more natural route in Rachel's health care. I can not believe the peace of mind that has come in that decision! Our plan of attack is to get her body up to peak levels nutritionally. Our goal is to get into her body all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes that it needs to work at that peak level. We believe that if the body has everything it needs to work at those levels, it is designed by God to heal itself. Because of the length of her illness and the amount of medication she has had to take because of the pain, her body is depleted in several key areas.
While we are thankful that we have some answers and know what direction we need to go; we also understand that she has been very sick and it will be a while before she is back to feeling like she was before she got sick. We have a rough road ahead of us; but at least we have some direction as to which way we are headed.
Thanks so much for all your prayers, notes, calls etc. I am overwhelmed by how under girded we have been because of all the prayers!