Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Some Good Signs and Prayer Requests...

Since my sister's last chemo treatment in June, she has been showing what I believe are some signs of improvement. It's true that she's not had a CAT scan since then, so we don't know about the big picture. But in the meantime, we want to celebrate these little miracles...

First of all, prior to this last chemo treatment, her platelets were dropping quite a bit. She had to go in often to receive more platelets. They even got as low as 5,000 one time. Since this last chemo regimen, her platelets have steadily gone up...from 16,000 to 22,000 to 26,000 and then almost doubled to 45,000. At the very least, this is showing that her bone marrow is able to produce some good stuff like it's supposed to.

Remember the tremendous amount of pain she was in prior to and during this last chemo? I am SOOO thankful to say that she has no more pain now. She has been on ZERO pain medication for the past week.

Also, she has had a visible, raised-up area on her upper chest that is located over where the main mass is located. Since her last chemo treatment, that raised area is completely gone. Now as I share that, we don't know if the raised area was from fluid or from the tumor itself...but still, we celebrate that even the raised area is not there now.

Please continue to pray...She has had an occassional fever and chills for the past several days. We know that is a typical sign of the lymphoma, so we do not like to see that! Please pray that that symptom will subside for her.

The plan right now is for her to go in for another week of that same chemo the first week of August. And we are of course still hoping that a donor match will happen soon! We know that one match located outside of the U.S. had been asked to give blood for the extensive HLA testing. Hopefully I can get an update on her potential donor soon.

We thank God for these good signs and appreciate your continued prayers that her fever will be gone and that a donor will be matched SOON!!!

Thanks to you ALL!!!


3 Twisted Sisters said...

Great news!! Thanks for the update!! Please let me know if there is anything I can do at any time, especially the first week of August - I'll still be home so please let me know if Melissa, Doug, Amanda, or the kids need anything!!


Derek and Debbie said...

Praising the Lord for each glimpse of good news. Always good to hear the updates.Such a precious family!

Kristi said...

So thankful that your pain is now gone. What a relief I am sure. Thanks for the update, it is always nice to know how to specifically remember you. Take care!!

greg mcdonald said...


The pictures of the children are just priceless...especially the one with all three performing and the backup dancer with the mismatched shoes consoling herself on the side! It was SO wonderful to be with you all yesterday. I love you and am continually praying and interceding for you, Doug, Caleb, Lauren, and Audrey.