just wanted to give you all an update on melissa.....she continues to do well since the transplant. she has been resting better which is a real blessing. she slept well last night and ate a good breakfast this morning. on most days, she has been able to take a walk through the bone marrow transplant unit. she is always amazed at how exhausted she is after doing so, but this is to be expected as she rebuilds her immune system and strength.
today she said a heartfelt goodbye to our wonderful cousin, charlene, who stayed with her in the hospital this past week. they enjoyed their time together. we love you, charlene!!! this evening, melissa's good friend, tara, arrived and will be staying with her this week. what a tremendous blessing to have such support from family and loved ones. i look forward to my turn as roommate to my beautiful sister in a couple weeks.
she has enjoyed having the webcam and skyping with caleb, lauren, and audrey. i am not sure who enjoys it more--melissa or the children. caleb and lauren have been able to visit. audrey has not yet as she has been sick recently.
some answers to prayer and blessings.....she still has not experienced any of the mouth sores that can happen with a transplant. she is resting better at night as i mentioned earlier. her platelets increased today on their own!!! this is wonderful news. thank you, lord. lastly, doug, who is a surgeon and has an hour commute one way each day, will not be on call during the month of february. this will allow him to be with melissa and at home with the children much more. what a blessing. thanks to his peers for allowing this to fall into place.
things to be praying about.....please pray that the gastrointestinal discomfort that she has been experiencing will subside. pray that her white blood cell count will begin to rise as it is bottomed out now, which is to be expected. pray that the lord will continue to strengthen her daily and give her a peace that passes all understanding!!! she misses her children tremendously and simply being at home as a wife and a mother. the lord has brought her great comfort during this time. we will try to give a daily update on melissa, even if it is just a line or two.
thank you beyond words for your continued prayers, your love, and your interest in melissa's story. it is one of great hope and faith. she is such a light for the lord in the hospital. i want to close with a scripture i mailed to her before her transplant. she keeps it near her hospital bed now.
1 peter 5:7 "let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you!!!"
god is good!!!