Christmas was a good day for Andrea and she continued to improve. Her fever has been down since yesterday and we are hoping that the fungal infection might have subsided. Her white blood cells (WBC) contined to drop and no blasts are currently in the blood. She was taken off of pressors (raise blood pressure) around noon on Christmas day and has been able to hold her own in that arena (say a prayer for this to remain the case). The kidneys have been able to make a little fluid and we are praying that this continues with an upward trend. Her breathing is great, but the other organs need to come around before they talk about taking her off the respirator. The doctors think they have located the source of the infection, which was removed days ago. This has most likely contributed to the improvements we have seen over the last couple of days. Her eyes look better and better everyday. She even opened her eyes more often today as the doctors took her off the sedation meds and switched her to a different calming drug. Her nurse today encouraged her and made the comment that she might be able to get out of the bed and into a chair if she can get off the 24-hour dialysis.
Today was a really great day and she made some wonderful improvements, but we still have a long road to go. Keep on praying because it continues to work. Put your faith in the Lord and he will take care of Andrea. Remember that Andrea loves all of you and I appreicate everyone's support.