For the next couple days, please don’t expect any in-depth posts. A couple nights ago, I received a surprise phone call from Paul Henry’s dad, asking me if I was up for a visit from him. He is arriving at Estrella Vista after noon today.
The phone connection was bad, so I was not able to talk long, but I did confirm with Paul senior what a reader in France had asked me about recently in an email: If Paul Henry is suffering from Crohn’s Disease—a rare chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract, and for which he has been hospitalized at Pendleton. Once Paul Henry’s dad and I can meet face-to-face, I am sure I will be able to fill you in more on his prognosis and the doctors’ plans for his treatment.
Crohn’s disease can sometimes cause life-threatening complications and cannot be cured. Medications such as steroids and immunosuppressants are used to slow the progression of disease. If these aren’t effective, a patient may require surgery, the first of which Paul Henry has already had. Some people may be symptom-free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away.
This visit from Paul Henry’s dad has been in the works for some time; the only thing that has been in doubt is the exact timing.
Well, I’ve gotta go now. I’ll let you know the details as I learn them.
Groove of the Day
82° and Partly Cloudy