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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Health Report

Yea Haa!!!!! The visit to the specialist in charge of Vicki’s case has found the PROBABLE cause of her Cushing’s disease to be an imbalance of her cortisol levels, if this proves to be the case they will be able to treat her with medication to get the balance correct.

There is still a lesion on her pituitary gland but they cannot at this stage find any trace of a tumor, this has been the reason for all the repeated tests, there is now a 3 month course of medication during which time there will be adjustments made to the dosage until they get it right.

There was a very high cortisol reading at first but this was followed by an extremely low reading, the high reading indicated a tumor and was very worrying however we were then told that the reading had dropped to a dangerously low level in the space of a week, this is even more serious than the high levels and indicated that her system had shut down on its job of manufacturing cortisol, the medication should kick start the natural process and dispel the Cushing’s from her system.

All of this stuff is way above my level of understanding, so I hope I have described it accurately, all I know for sure is that I am eternally grateful to the diagnostic team who have been so diligent in their work and to all the friends and family who have rallied around with support and prayers.

It is impossible to relay the gratitude we feel for this support, just be assured that we have really appreciated it, I have opened a new blogsite for Vicki and I’m sure that as soon as she feels able to spend some time at the computer you will hear from her direct.

The photos below are of my oldest son Alan’s wife and two daughters who flew in from Perth WA as a support group for Vicki, for the last 4 days Vicki’s Mother Jacqui and her husband Walter have also been on hand to help out, a big thank you to all of them.

Grand daughters Aimee & Jenna, Daughter in law Lyn and Vicki.

Breakfast for 7 from MacDonalds drive through, Jenna & Vicki still in PJs

The same two doing a spot of ironing on Jenna's top.... There has been much laughter over the
last week which I'm sure has been a great help for Vicki


Walker said...

That's great news peter.
I am happy for Vickie you and your whole fsamily who must be happy to breath a little easier now

Junebug said...

Oh, Peter, I'm so thankful that there is good news and a possible solution to this ordeal. How wonderful. I do believe that God hears and answers prayers. And it is a wonderful thing to have great doctors and nurses who have knowledge and intelligence. Yea! Laughter does do good like a medicine. That's Biblical. Hee hee.

Rachel said...

Oh, I'm so happy to hear this wonderful news Peter!! I know your relief is great!!! I do hope that all goes well and I will continue to keep her in my prayers.

ChrisB said...

How glad I am to be reading this news. I must say your medical profession is very thorough, which must be so reassuring to anyone needing complex investigations. They do say laughter is a good medicine so I'm sure that has helped during this difficult time :)

Joy Des Jardins said...

YES, YES, YES! That is the best news coming from you in a long time Peter.....I'm SOOOOOO happy for Vicki, you and your whole family. I know you have to feel a great sense of relief....very big hugs coming your way Peter.....BIG HAPPY HUGS!!! Love, Joy

Jack K. said...


Great news. I am quite speechless with the joy I feel.

A dear friend of ours has recently been diagnosed with a tumor on her pituitary gland. I shall let her know of Vicki's situation.

Our best to you all.

Don't you just love the field expedient of ironing while wearing clothing? tee hee.

JunieRose2005 said...

Dear Peter,

I'm very happy to hear that things are looking so much better for Vikki!



Pamela said...

prayer changes things. I know there were prayers all over the world for her.

encouraging news Peter!!

Willowtree said...

That's great news Pete. Let's just keep our fingers crossed that it gets even better.

Christina said...

I'm so happy you've got good news! your family will continue to be in my prayers.

karisma said...

Wonderful news! I am so happy for you all! Hugs for everyone!

Hale McKay said...

Fantastic! It's good to hear Vickie and your family received such great news.

Merle said...

Dear Peter ~~ WOW ~ wonderful news
and I hope the new treatment fixes everything up and quickly, because it has been quite an ordeal up until now
How nice of Lyn, Jenna and Aimee to
come so far to lend a hand in the
cheer-up squad. Glad that Jacqui and Walter were also on hand. Please give Vicki my love and my thoughts and prayers are still with her. I can just see the smile on YOUR face. It's such good news. Take care, Love always, Merle.

kenju said...

Excellent news, Peter. I know you are all relieved!

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Indiana USA. Good news is great! I'm happy for you and your family concerning Vicki. I stumbled on to your blog. Best of luck. Lets keep in touch

Nekked Lizard Lady said...

Laughter is indeed good medicine. Vicki is very blessed to have all of you in her life!

wazza said...

Gidday Peter,

Pass on my thoughts to Vicki, Rex and family about the good news that I have been thinking about her and hoping that everything turns out alright. I trust that the medication will do the job.
It will be good to see Vicki back to good health once the medication has "kicked in".
Nothing like good news to bring the smiles back to ones face.

Old Lady Lincoln said...

WOW! What a relief for you, Vicki and everyone else concerned with her health. Sure hope this medicine does it's thing for her.

Jeanette said...

Hi Peter, YIPPEEE Great news! What huge relief for you, Vicki, Rex and family. and I hope Vicki's new Medication kicks in fast and and she is back feeling like her old self again..Keep smiling Peter and please pass on all my love and good wishes for a very speedy recovery to Vicki and Family,,, Love Jan..

Gledwood said...

i can vaguely understand (same as you)

glad she's ok

Gledwood said...

... i mean better than was feared. y'know what i mean

ellen b. said...

Sounds like such great news Peter. I pray that your daughter will respond to the medication and her systems will work better soon.

CAROLYN said...

I 2nd that "yee-haw" and may I add a "hell yeah! That is gooood news Peter :)

Jamie Dawn said...

I know Vicki is not completely out of the woods yet, but the fact that there is no tumor is superb!!!!!
Now, they just need to get her on the right amount of medication to adjust the cortisol level.... and then we can all REALLY rejoice!!!!!!
I hope you can tell by all the exclamation points I used that I am very happy for you all!!!!!!!!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Yes, yes, laughter is good for the soul. Several souls, in fact.

Cliff said...

Well if prayers and family can't do it nothing will. And it looks like it just might do it Peter. You've made my day with this post. Prayers and best wishes continue from Nebraska.

Dave said...

Excellent news Peter...! Prayers ARE answered! *S*

LZ Blogger said...

Peter ~ I am so happy for the news about Vicki! It seems like all the prayers and support have helped the doctors get going in the right direction. GREAT NEWS! GREAT FAMILY pictures too! ~ jb///
P.S. ~ I gave a shout out to you in my last "Surfers Paradise" post, but didn't know if you saw it or not?

Miss Cellania said...

This is so wonderful, Peter! The words "cannot find any trace of tumor" are heavenly, and "able to treat her with medication" is fantastic as well!

Gwen said...

Hi Peter.
Just popped in to see how things were going.
What good news for Vicki,I'm glad
and hope the Meds do their job
stay well.

Cazz said...

What great news, and such a relief for the whole family. Laughter and fun always goes hand in hand when the "HOLTS" get together. Give Vicki my best, and hope to hear the medication does the trick.


PS: I can picture you all sitting around and having a nice "coldy" or two and celebrating ... well you can't leave me out ... CHEERS !!!!!

audrey` said...

Hi Peter

Praise the Lord!
We're so happy for Vicki and all her loved ones =)
Take care.

Laurie said...

Wonderful news!!!!!!!!!