We got Joys cross match tests back yesterday - a few days earlier than expected.
Joy was 1 tissue match out of 6 the same as her sister Sandra. Joys antibodies are very weak meaning I would need little desensitisation.
The hospital were clear that taking a single match could make it difficult in the future if i needed a new kidney as I would need 5 out of 6 matched next time around.
They suggested the paired matching scheme but they have only found 3 matches using this method over the past 6 years.
Otherwise they suggested taking Joy to the next level of testing so that they could compare her with Sandra her sister - hopefully making it clear which would be the best option.
We are believing in faith that either Joy or her sister will be able to donate - but this is a huge leap of faith and will need a future miracle to either:-
1. Keep the kidney working for the rest of my life
2. Improve technology enabling me to accept a wider range of kidneys in the future
3. Miraculously heal me.
We will move forward positively and if we are not taking the right steps believe God will redirect our steps and provide an alternate solution.
We were encouraged by reading Genesis 22 today where God provided an alternate sacrifice for Abraham. God can do this for us too if He needs to.
Genesis 22:13-14 (NLT)
13[Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son.] 14Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
I got my latest blood test results today and my kidney function has dropped 3 points to 12% - this is a fairly big deterioration since my last test 5 weeks ago. My Creatinine has increased from 378 up to 468.
Joy has her second round of tests on 2nd October.
We now need the hospital to perform the miracle of getting all the tests done and the transplant before I need dialysis. Please continue to pray for us - we really appreciate your support.
Rob & Joy