Tracking the progress of a little girl through her journey through cancer and her healing.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Another View from the Coast...celebrate good times, come on!
Ok, I'm hanging in Monroe, Washington alone again! No, don't take this post as one that promotes public whining. That's NOT my intent. My intent is rather to CELEBRATE (cue Kool and the Gang). Abby has been released, yes, RELEASED from the "day to day" necessity to be within a few minutes from the Children's Hospital in Denver. That means - Abby has improved so much to the point where she has been released to be able to return to some sort of semblance of normal life. SO, to make this perfectly clear, she is home, hanging with her sisters, going for walks and bike rides, going to the store with her parents, sleeping in her own bed, going to worship on Sundays, collecting the next HUGE number of Owls (stuffed, I may add) in her room, reading, watching movies, helping with the housework...in other words, ALL NORMAL STUFF. Is the battle over? No, it is not! She has clinic visits regularly to check on vital blood issues, monitor medication and generally do a "health check." She is still on a "short leash" in terms of having the hospitalization option there in case of some health issue at home (sisters or mom/dad getting ill). Even so, put it this way, having both feet at home with the potentiality of having to return to the hospital for crisis management is an option we as a family will take all day, every day. The amazingly miraculous nature of this is that it occurred over 30 days ahead of schedule. That's right! So, I'm hanging at home alone while Vicky (Nana) is visiting FOR FUN and not for the hospital/apartment rotation that dominated so much of the last six months of life. While Abby is on this NEW plateau there is still a call to prayer and support as she weans from certain meds, continues to grow stronger and produce the kinds of cells in her body that promote health, and stays protected from the plethora of germs, bacteria, and viruses that plague our world. I'm so proud of Abby and her courage and strength. I'm proud of Tiff and Mark for their persistence, vulnerability, courage, and forthrightness in taking this challenge on with faith and love. I'm proud of Lily and Anna for just being themselves...truthfully struggling at times but, overall, being so gracious and loving despite the trying moments of this journey. I'm proud of my wife Vicky for rolling up her sleeves and jumping in head first to provide that necessary heart and love that made a difficult situation bearable. Thanks to the Schreiber clan for their incredible support as well...Pam, Carl, Julie, Eric...they were all there in their own manner. And the rest of our family...prayers, supportive conversation, hugs even though given from afar...all key in being sustained in heart and soul during the past months. The war is not over yet...but battles are being won! Praise God for that! So, cue that video!