Sunday, May 24, 2009
Delayed Intensification update
We are 13 days into her Delayed Intensification Phase and she is doing pretty good. Tuesday is her chemo day, Orange Tuesday, and she feels lousy all day Tuesday and Wednesday. She stays on Oxycodine for the pain and zofran for the nausea for about four days. Lizzy's biggest outward side effect from the Vincristine is severe abdominal pain and bone pain. Please pray for this side effect to lesson the next round because typically the side effect of this drug worsens over use.
We have blood draws on Monday and Thursday, Chemo on Tuesday, and clinic on Friday. Her counts are starting to drop and it is just a matter of time in this phase where she will need blood and platelet transfusions. Unfortunately this is just a part of this intense phase. Liz will push through this phase until June 9Th at which time her counts will need to be 750 for her ANC and 75k for platelets; if they are not at that point a delay will occur. We all know that that will happen. Liz always has delays :-)
We have been so blessed by God. There are many new experiences we have faced in the past seven months and only through God's grace have we faced these challenges and experiences and with God we will continue on in this journey and we will do it with the same courage and determination that Elizabeth does it with.
Please continue to pray:
For all the men and women who have fought for our freedom
For the families on A5 South
For the kid's with AML whose stays in the hospital are 5 to 6 weeks long
Elizabeth team of Doctors
Minimal side effects
For a cure
Have and wonder and blessed holiday.
Continuing to pray ~~~ Christine