Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Liz continues to get better each day. Her mental strength and awareness on the court is coming back and also giving her confidence. God has given her an uncanny strength and I am so thankful to him for everything good and bad in our lives. He is there in our joy to celebrate and there in our sorrow to carry us. God is something to be in awe about!
Elizabeth's body seems to be handling her dosage increase of her daily chemo, but only blood work will show what is going on inside her. She has blood work on Monday to see if her body is handling the increase and if she is ready for her next big treatment on Tuesday, September 28 at 2:00, with Vincristine, otherwise known as "Mean Christine". The side effects have a delayed onset of 7-10 days. She usually goes down pretty hard for about 24 to 48 hours with joint pain, eye sensitivity, bone pain, nerve pain, nausea, headache ...... it is just not pretty. Please pray for side effects to be minimal and with a miracle, none at all.
Jimmy is doing well from his surgery last Monday. His esophagus is looking better and the visit with Dr. Putnum went well. He said that the top of the esophagus looks great and that the congenial web that they stretched the first time has not grown back nor has the strictures (scaring from the disease) come back. The middle looks good, some small strictures are still visible but pliable. The bottom still has a lot of the Eosinophilic disease. Dr. Putnum believes that because he is tall, the inhaler contents that he swallows is not reaching to the bottom part of the esophagus. We are waiting for the biopsy results to be read and then we will go from there. The two thoughts are: 1) Jim will continue as is and be re-scoped in December to see if any difference has been made to the lower part of his esophagus, 2) adding a daily liquid steroid to his regime for the rest of his life and be re-scoped in December. If the liquid steroid is add and it does not work then we will have to start looking into his diet and taking food groups away. Please pray that the inhaler works completely on his disease and he will not have to add a different drug to his system nor take away food. FYI Jimmy, as of today, is a full fledged college student ....Go Bearcats! He is loving it and his big sis, Catherine, is taking good care of him, showing him where all of his classes are and around the campus in general. I just love my kids!
Please continue to pray for the families, children, and staff on A5.
Blessings and prayers to all of you.