Tuesday, January 31, 2006

MD Anderson 1-31-06

Sorry we haven't posted in a while, but we are back at it again. Yesterday we made our first trip to MD Anderson to meet with the doctors about a bone marrow transplant. They ran several tests taking up to 13 vials of blood and did a x-ray on Andrea's chest. The plan down the road is for Andrea to receive a bone marrow transplant from her sister, Kristin. In order for this Andrea will have to take another round of chemo followed directly by the transplant. She will have to stay in the hospital for 30 days then for the next 70 days she will have to visit MD Anderson for daily blood draws.

Right now Andrea is taking antibiotics for a respiratory infection. She continues to have more energy and is getting around better each day. Tomorrow we will make another trip to MD Anderson to see more doctors and stop by the eye doctor for a check up. Thursday she will have to do a bone marrow biopsy at MD Anderson. Our plate is full again, but we now have an idea of what's ahead.

Everyone should pray for Andrea's biopsy to come back good, her lungs to clear up, her eye sight, and for her overall strength and faith. Thank you everyone for the support and keep the prayers coming. We love all you guys.

13 comments:

annie said...

andrea.
it sounds like a lot is going on, but i know that you are so strong, and you will get through it with flying colors. my mom saw you a couple of days ago and said your spirit is amazing. i'm praying for you everyday. and i know you'll pull through this. i love you. stay strong.
annie

Jennifer Harp said...

Great news that the road is mapped out & how wonderful that Kristin is able to give such a precious gift! That is amazing news! Love to you and your families. As always, you remain at the front of the prayer list!

Anonymous said...

J, Amanda and I still pray daily and you are always in our thoughts and prayers. It's a long road but well worth the travel to the reach the destination of Andrea and you both able to say look how far we have come! She has already make remarkable strides in her recovery and must be a very, very strong young lady. Keep the faith and be strong for each other. You are both an inspiration to us all!

Sandra

Terri Reed said...

Thanks for the update, we've been wondering but trying not to call. You are both in our thoughts and prayers. It does sound like a long road but you can do it! Look how far you've come. You have a whole cheering section of people who love you and are praying God's blessings on your behalf. Love you guys, enjoy your time out of the hospital.

Jennifer Harp said...

I was just wondering if you guys have what is called a “friendly code” with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for donated vouchers. I attempted to assign my latest donation to Andrea & they are asking for this code for the intended recipient. If not, I can just use her DOB (not too far away, huh girl?) and let them match it that way! Love you guys!

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrea,

I really enjoyed seeing you on Sunday. You are amazing!! I will continue to pray for you. I know that you have the right attitude and spirit that is for sure.

God Bless you,
Love, Alice Henderson

Carolyn Frazier said...

Hi Andrea and Jay -- I am praying hard for those days to fly by quickly and I believe they will. I know all the ropes out at MD Anderson, so please see me as someone who can help at a moment's notice.

Andrea -- I so admire your spirit and drive. I enjoyed seeing you on Sunday. I look at you, and I see "positive, positive, positive." As a person who has been through some of this, I know you will someday look back and see it as just a little blip on the radar screen. You may even have to force yourself to remember in light of everything else that has happened in your live. I truly believe that. It may not seem that way now, but it will. I promise you that.

The Fraziers all love you,

Carolyn

Anonymous said...

Andrea, all I can do for you is pray and I do that daily.

Your Brother in Christ!

nicole carman said...

DRE,
Here is a quote that I like to read when I am feeling down. It makes me sit up straighter, take a deep breath and look forward. May this quote give you strength, direction and inspiration.
With a positive attitude you can accomplish anything!! AND YOU WILL!!!
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude.

CONGRATULATIONS on your amazing attitude and WILL!! You will get over all of this and we will all be here for you throughout your recovery and forever!!
You are the greatest!! LOVE YOU!
nicole

Anonymous said...

Andrea,
I want you to know that even though I haven't seen you in forever, I am praying for you every day!I am so sorry that you are having to go through all this, but I know that you will surpass it with the same determination that you have always had! You are such a strong person, and beautiful on the inside and out! I know God is carefully and lovingly watching out for you, each and every day. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Amy Sikes

jadyn said...

andrea we are proud you are doing better and we hope all the test you are about to go through will turn out o.k.

j
be good and we love you
jadyn chasity jason calvary

David Michael said...

Please let me know if you need someone else to donate bone marrow.

Also, does she still need blood or platelet donations?

I am reminded this morning of the song, "The Long and Winding Road."

The long and winding road
That leads to your door
Will never disappear
I’ve seen that road before
It always leads me here
Lead me to you door

The wild and windy night
That the rain washed away
Has left a pool of tears
Crying for the day
Why leave me standing here
Let me know the way

Many times I’ve been alone
And many times I’ve cried
Any way you’ll never know
The many ways I’ve tried

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Don’t leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Don’t leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I guess the door is now MD Anderson. Praying!

Sara Farris said...

Hi Andrea and J.,

My name is Sara, and my good friend Cathy Wining Thomas introduced me to your blog site. She used to work with your dad. I don't want to take up too much space, but my boyfriend, Clint, has AML and is waiting to undergo his 2nd bone marrow transplant at MDA. He was supposed to have it Feb. 7, but he developed a virus and is waiting to get over that before they proceed. I would love to get to know y'all more and share my experience with you, since we've already been through this once. I'll be praying for good biopsy results. Hang in there!

Sara Farris 281-467-1337