Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
She’s still in ICU, but her status has improved. Her blood pressure is now normal, and we might even get to go back to the regular oncology floor today.
The results of Megan’s test showed that she is not a match. Zachary will be here next week and will be tested then.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Megan drove here from VA on Saturday and will be tested today; Zachary will be tested next week to see if either of them is a match.
Friday, December 14, 2007
What a wonderful day today! Emily was strong enough to make a Christmas tree craft, go outside to get some fresh air, and have fun with friends. Mommy is back for good this time.
Pray that we will have wisdom as we ask doctors questions and make important decisions about types of treatment.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Sonja had a little complication with her gall bladder surgery and had to be re-admitted to monitor her heart rate that raced up to 180. But it's down now, and she should be back with Emily again tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
While waiting for Mommy to return today, Emily got a visit from Santa. For 48 hours she’s taking a cycle of heavy chemo. Her hair’s beginning to thin and she’s been a bit grumpier than usual, but Santa cheered her up some.
Abby wheeled Sonja the two blocks from her hospital back to Emily’s this afternoon. Sonja’s gall bladder removal went well yesterday, and she's been discharged from her 3-day stay at M.D. Anderson.
Monday, December 10, 2007
What an unexpected turn of events yesterday brought! A trip to the emergency room revealed that Sonja had gall stones. So she is now at M.D. Anderson hospital -- two blocks from the children’s hospital. Today, the doctor released Emily long enough for Abby to take her on a wagon ride to see Mommy. Tomorrow, Sonja will have her gall bladder removed and will be back to take care of Emily soon.
Thankfully, Emily was in good spirits and had some energy today, so our “outing” went well. Now she’s back in her room in the children’s hospital receiving small doses of chemo. We should know within a week if Zachary or Megan is a match to be a donor. Plan “B” would be to try umbilical cord stem cells. Plan “C” would be to find a match in the donor registry.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
The chemo plan has changed a bit because of the bone marrow results. The good news is that the treatment has been so effective so far that it’s wiped out all of the leukemia cells but has also wiped out most of the healthy cells. This is normal, but they can’t be completely sure if she is truly in remission until the bone marrow starts producing again. They are planning on a light chemo regimen this weekend. Once the marrow starts producing again, they will be able to tell how much farther to go with chemotherapy during this first phase before transplant.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Day number 4 of the 29-day roadmap is bringing a few side effects: fever, fatigue, mouth sores, etc., but generally she is still in good spirits. The family members have begun taking blood tests to see who might be the best match to be the bone marrow donor.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear (Isaiah 65:24).
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).