Update on Dave (March 15th)

Dave spent his first night and first full day at the hospital.  Kathy was by his side all day and he received visits from all the Berlin-based 3W Team members.  The chief neurologist thinks he has identified the problem.  We are still in a holding pattern as more tests are done, but it seems that it was not any of the three possibilities that were given to us yesterday.  This is very, very, good news!  If ever we needed a misdiagnosis, this was it. However, right now it is looking like Dave has a disease called Myesthemia Gravis.  It is not curable, but it can be managed in ways today that were not possible in the recent past. It is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that can weaken the body in a number of ways.  For Dave, right now it is the eyes.  We will learn more tomorrow, but it seems like this might be manageable.

Tomorrow Dave will get a scan to see if there is a tumor that needs to be surgically removed.  Regardless, he is in the hospital for at least one to two more days---and he will stay with us here in Berlin at least through Monday.  Of course a lot will hinge on the information we get in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Dave is in great spirits.  He listened to a lot of Christian music and felt a great sense of peace last night as he faced today's pending diagnosis.  These are the times when you find out what you really believe and how much you believe it.  Dave passed with flying colors.  Kathy has been at his side all day.  These two belong together...and with us.

Thanks for your prayers.  We know a lot of you have been seriously praying and we rejoice that this is not something far worse.  Although whatever it is, is not easy on Dave's body.  His health is our number one priority and we will all be making sure they take care of themselves.  More updates to come.