Bethany’s liver numbers have improved enough over the weekend to allow her to be discharged back to the Ronald McDonald House today! Yeah!
We will need to remain here in Atlanta for at least another week so Bethany’s doctors can continue to monitor her liver enzymes. They have added another anti-rejection medication which should eventually allow us to use less of Bethany’s Prograf (this is also an anti-rejection medication). Prograf is extremely hard on the kidneys, so we want to use as little of this as possible.
Hopefully, we are starting to get a handle on how to best care for Bethany’s new liver. The goal is to get her liver stable without signs of rejection, use as little medication as possible, but use enough to ensure Bethany’s immune system doesn’t attempt to reject it again. It is a fine line we are trying to walk, and Bethany’s doctors are doing a great job.
Thank you again for all the great notes, texts, calls, cards, and prayers. They mean so much to each of us.
This weekend has been great for two reasons: a face time call from our Sunday school class on Saturday night, and a wonderful visit from family yesterday. Saturday was our Sunday school class’ annual Christmas party. We weren’t able to attend last year because Bethany was in the hospital in Birmingham. Obviously, we couldn’t attend this year either, but that didn’t matter. Our Sunday school class brought the party to us via face time. It was so good to see our church family. They have been so faithful to support and pray for us through this entire journey. We spent about 30 minutes talking and laughing together. They even sang to us! God’s grace, what a blessing!
Yesterday, we had an amazing day too. Mike, Kathy, and Shelby Edwards, and Randy, Karen, and Catherine Montz came for a visit! They brought gifts and a whole sack full of joy for everyone. We all gathered in Bethany’s very small room at the hospital and had ourselves a family reunion like only members of the Maddox family can! We over embellished our stories, laughed, talked a little political intrigue, and were generally a nuance to the entire liver transplant floor. It was awesome! Thank y’all so much for the visit. It made our weekend. It was a whole bunch of normal amongst an ocean of obstacles.
The fun didn’t stop there. After the Maddox clan left, my brother John and his wife Donna and son Noah came in for a visit. The kids played games, the brothers talked tech, and we all had a very nice visit. John and Donna have been great the whole time we have been in Atlanta. They have taken Jonathan to do things with them several times, they have brought us food, and they have even done our laundry.
Ain’t it good to be loved a whole lot! That’s how we feel, loved! We love each of you too so much, and we can’t wait to see all God will do as a result of Bethany’s healing.
Praises to our good and gracious God!
Taylor, Angela, Bethany, and Jonathan