Monday, February 2, 2009

Medicine for Ismeal

Meghan Harlan has come to volunteer here for the next 3 months. She is friends with Katie Conner who has come to be a teacher to the high school kids for the next 6 months. Katie and Meghan's parents were friends with Bill and his family growing up, and now they are here serving.
Ismeal, 4 yo, came to me about 3-4 months, ago and we diagnosed him with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. He lives in Baning, about 10 minutes away with his brother, Stylon, 2, and his parents. I have given him 12 wks of IV chemo meds which he tolerated very well. He did blow up like a little Michelin Man, and has eaten his parents out of house and home, but otherwise is doing good. Now per our PNG cancer book, he needs a maintenance course of 6-Mercaptopurine for 2 years. The problem is we don't have this medicine here. Thankfully, Meghan's uncle, Ken, is a pharmacist, who has graciously supplied the medicine that Ismeal needs. Meghan brought this medicine with her, just in time for him to start it. I continue to pray that Ismeal will respond to the meds and go into remission.