Tomorrow will be a first for the Wilcox family, the first day that any of the kids will experience full anesthesia.
As many of you know, over a year ago, Meg and Matthew both started to experience regular stomach aches. This led to us experimenting with a wheat-free diet, as there's a history of wheat-sensitivity in the family. The diet change proved helpful, and this, in turn, led our pediatrician to recommend that Meg, Matthew and Esme all be tested for Celiac Disease. Celiac is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body to react badly to all forms of gluten (a protein found in wheat and some other grains). We took them all in for blood tests, and only Meg's came back with indicators that further testing would be required. In fact, the only certain test for Celiac is an endoscopy and biopsy of the small intestine, so that's what Meg has lined up for tomorrow.
It's a short procedure with nothing much in the way of recovery time, so we're expecting to go in first thing tomorrow morning, take care of business, and be home in time for a late lunch. We would be grateful for your prayers for a smooth operation, wisdom for the medical staff, and clear and accurate results. Please pray for Meg too; she's pretty nervous about the whole thing.