Friday, December 04, 2015

Still Here

Abby is still in the hospital.  Her ANC is 30 and needs to be 100 before we can leave.  Also, she needs to be fever free and no blood infection for a couple of days.  Those two things are happening so far but the ANC needs to come up.  We could be here awhile.  However, her spirits are good.  She has some familiar faces now and has been able to replace our first week here's experiences with some positive ones. She had a blood transfusion which helped her energy level since her hemoglobin was so low.  Her nausea comes and goes. She's still pretty pale but her really bad headaches are now just now and then and she's not dizzy anymore.  They continue with chemotherapy while we are here, the priority being staying on the roadmap so we can hopefully see good results on the 16th when they test her bone marrow again.  She gets to go shopping today with the Make-a-Wish people downstairs.  She did this when she was 4, it's a great event! She gets to get Christmas presents for 6 people.  They help her pick them out and wrap them for her, and I think there are christmas treats at the end. So, it sucks to be in the hospital but she has been blessed by lots of fun things to do and great people. Yesterday she got a visit from a nurse who was her primary nurse last time around.  It was so great to see her.  We hugged and cried.  She has had a picture of herself and Abby on her desk for years.  She brought it and gave it to us.  She is here in the clinic so we will see her again. Abby doesn't really remember her but she was a huge gift to Mark and I!  She's a wonderful lady.  Abby also received a "bag of fun" from an organization that puts backpacks together with fun things to do for hospital stays and chemo treatment stays.  There are some amazing things in the backpack, including a Kindle Fire.  Wow! We are still blown away by it.  Thanks for all the texts, emails, gifts, meals, and prayers.  We still feel shell-shocked but know God is walking with us through this and when we look up from the pain, we see his hand all around us from beautiful mountains out our window to all of you letting us know we are not alone.


Unknown said...

Hallelujah for Abby`s ANC count raising to 30 and the belief that it will continue to get higher!!

Praise God for his constant reminders to each of you that you're loved, important, and surrounded by prayer. May the blessings continue in Jesus name!


Anonymous said...

Big Hugs for Abby and to all of the rest of the crew. We, too, will be in prayer that her ANC rises to the perfect number it's supposed to be. I hope she has a blast shopping. It's so nice to have wonderful distractions from the bum deal of having to be in the hospital. As you're already doing, don't forget to count all of God's tender mercies and wonderful blessings you're's sometime so hard to see them in the midst of this........We love you guys. We all serve a big GOD who will see everyone through this. :)

Unknown said...

"When I feel anxious, when I feel tempted, when I feel nervous, when I feel out of control, when I feel worried, I take that to God, who is seated on the throne of Grace, with great intentionality, and I tie it to the alter. I thank Him ahead of time for the outcome." - Dr. Crawford Loritts

I love the imagery of "tying" things to the alter of Grace. If they're tied, they can't easily be taken back.


Anonymous said...

I miss you big-time in the MS library. I want you to know that I'm thinking about you and have you in my heart. If you ever want to skype about dragon and owl books, let me know.
Love you, Abby.

Ms Kerbs