Monday, December 8, 2008

Lizzy will begin Day 1 of Consolidaiton tomorrow, December 9th! The Lothrops got great news today...Lizzy's ANC is 1,653!! It has to be 750 to get chemo. Lizzy's other counts were good as well...hemoglobin, platelets, white blood cells...all going up-up-up! Of course, we can expect them to go back down in response to the chemo, but the fact that presently they are going in the right direction is very good and encouraging news!

(By the way, I continue to be amazed at what we now term "Great news"...
"Great news....Lizzy gets to get more high dose chemo!"....That perspective causes me to pause / ponder....)

Anyway, Day 1...Lizzy will be at the hospital at 6:45 to recieve IT chemotherapy (IT = Intrathecal = spinal). Then she will be admitted for more high dose chemo, and will be expected to be inpatient for 2-4 days. Christine is hoping/praying for 2! The plan is then for Lizzy to go inpatient on Day 29...which I think is December 30th (?).

The wonderful news is that, with this schedule, Lizzy may very well be home for Christmas! Of course, the variables are fever, low-low counts, bleeding...then she will need to back to inpatient right away. But for now, the plan and prayer is that Lizzy would not experience any of these, or any other unfavorable variables. The term "Have Christmas Tree...will travel" will be a mute point!!!

In between Day 1 and Day 29, Lizzy will be going to the clinic to get chemo on an outpatient basis. She will also continue to have her counts monitored very carefully.

Regarding visiting: Christine asks that you call first. They are not sure how Lizzy will react to the new chemo, but it is very strong so at the very least she will be tired. The meds they will give her to fight the nauseau will also make her tired...but better sleeping than sick! Although Lizzy really wants to see her friends, Christine asks us to realize that Lizzy will put on a smile and push through if she has company. So, please make sure to check with Christine before you visit. (Christine's cell is 349-5966).

In Psalm 139: 13-16, David is speaking to The Lord. He represents Truth for all of us as he speaks to God:
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well! My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together - your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

"All the days?" I ask myself...ALL my days were ordained for me? How can that be so when there is such pain, and grief? I do not pretend to understand...but I do know that God is very real and very close...all the time. I try to remember that David had many ups and downs...grief, angst, fear...and he was able to be very real with God. He models for us. He praises God, gives thanks, laments, complains, crys, expresses fear, celebrates....he models for us how to come to a very real, caring, loving, safe God.

As I remind myself, I wanted to reach out to you...God is on the mountain top, and in the valley, and on the paths in between...we are not, nor will we ever be, alone!

The sad part comes though, when we forget to go back to God to acknowledge Him and give thanks. Often, even in Jesus' time...people would receive a gift / blessing, and off they would go. Rarely did people consider to stop to say "Thank you." We need to understand that we can cry out to God in the hard/impossible times...but just as important...maybe even more so...is to remember to say "Thank You Lord!"

Thank you for Lizzy's counts going up, Thank you for consolidation, Thank you for Jimmy feeling better, Thank you for the benefit dinner on the 16th, Thank you for the staff and Drs. at Children's Hospital, Thank you for all the people who have paved the way for Lizzy to recieve the amazing medical treatment she is recieving...Thank you...Thank you...Thank you for_____________!

Please remember the new Delayed Hug Strategy: 1) Get a flu shot, 2) Wash your hands with the soap just inside the door at the Lothrop home, and at the hospital, 3) Wear a mask 4) {{{{Hugs!}}}

Tuesday is Lizzy Orange Day - Walmart has a new shipment of orange finger nail polish!

Mama Bear Doctor Christine, AKA Bouncer, sends Thanks and appreciation on behalf of Lizzy and their family!

Thank you for praying...
All the thanks as noted above, as well as:
That Lizzy would respond well the consolidation, That Christine would feel better (sniffles), That Lizzy would have minimal side effects, That Lizzy will only to stay in the hospital 2 days this time, And that Lizzy will be home for Christmas!

Pls join us for the benefit for Lizzy on December 16th...Randy has it noted in a previous blog. What a gift!

Lord, thank you for the Lothrops inviting us to join them on this journey. Thank you that they are real and transparent. Thank you for this community that surrounds them in love, prayer and encouragements. Thank you for Lizzy...she is an amazing reflection of your love!

3 comments:

Melissa Grablovic (Lohman) said...

Liz,

I went to Target after I left your house last night to buy an orange shirt for today (Tuesday). Weird thing is, I got your mom's text that you were a go for Consolidation Phase right after I bought the shirt. :)

See ya later,

G

Anna* said...

Hey love! im soooo glad you could get your treatment today! ive been praying for you all day!
i have a story. last night i was sitting on my bed and was thinking about you. when i first found out about you having cancer it was really hard for me (i can only imagine how hard it was for you and your family!) im going to be honest. that saturday i literally just sat down and cried... for 3 hours. actually probably more. on the jo team, i felt like my job was to take care of the team. if someone was upset, hurt, or in anyway not normal or unhappy i wanted to fix it. i wanted the team to always be happy no matter what. when mom called me to tell me you had cancer, the hardest part was knowing that no matter what i did, i couldnt fix it. i was wrong though. ive learned that to make someone better there are other things i can do. i can pray for you everyday.i can visit you on the weekend. i can comment on your blog. i might not be able to get rid of the cancer, but i can try to get you to feel happier.
i miss you a ton! i hope i can see you this weekend! keep being strong and fighting hard! i love you a ton and dont you ever forgert it! <3 anna*

Anna* said...

Hey love! my friends, sarah and maria just gave me an invitation to their birthday party. i dont think you know either of them but they know your story and have been inspired by it. on the invitation they said they did not want gifts for their birthday this year. instead they want to recieve donations for the Childrens Hospital, specifically to the oncology department. they want to raise awareness for leukemia. i just thought id share that with you. even the people who dont personally know you, care about you and pray for you every day.
<3 anna*