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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Postscript Five: Hereditary Elliptocytosis

I never knew there were so many variations of testing that could be performed on a person's blood, but I rest assured that the healthcare professionals at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children are the most thorough I have ever met!

As I mentioned previously, both Ian and Alec dealt with anemia following their homecoming from Haiti and having them seen by a hematologist was on our checklist of things to do while in the United States on furlough ministry. Thankfully, I was so impressed by the quality of care we received during our office visit. 

The appointment was quite lengthy, considering that we had to cover history and review medical records from several different countries for not one, but two patients. However, our hematologist and another doctor in training gave us their undivided attention for as long as it took. They also coordinated the blood draw so that we could immediately proceed with that step on the same day (much to our boys' chagrin!)

To make a long story short, Alec was diagnosed with a blood disorder called hereditary elliptocytosis. This, while sounding rather scary, should actually affect him very little throughout his lifetime. In fact, the specialist told us that most people who have the condition are unaware of it unless they become ill. Jaundice, gall and spleen issues, are a few things we need to watch for just in case.

We're grateful for such excellent medical attention and for this piece of knowledge that will help us be that much more aware in the future as Alec grows. Most of all we are thankful to God for two healthy boys, knowing that the Great Physician is the One responsible for healing both their bodies and souls!

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