Sunday, January 15, 2006

Wonderful Weekend 1-14-06

It sure does look like this is going to turn out to be a wonderful weekend. Yesterday Andrea was in high spirits and made progress throughout the day. At lunch she started a puree diet that included chicken, greens, and sweet potatoes. She was able to each all the chicken and parts of the greens and potatoes. We also provided high calorie drinks throughout the day to pump her up.

Before dinner she got out of bed and walked half way around the bed with my help. She did bear a good deal of her own weight. Then she sat in her recliner for a hour or so. After her dinner arrived she ate pureed steak, broccoli, and mashed potatoes. Then she got out of the chair and I helped her walk back to the bed. This was the most that she had attempted to walk in 53 days. Our goal today is to go all the way around the bed and try to get on the bedside toilet.

I forgot to tell everyone yesterday that her platelet count was at 181. They didn't run any blood tests yesterday so I don't know the liver and kidney numbers. The doctors are considering an eye procedure sometime this week, so Andrea might get her vision back. She told us yesterday that once her eyes are fixed she wants to go home. We could take care of her from there, but I don't know if they would let us. Let's just continue to pray for eyes, stomach, and for her walking skills. She is doing so well and impresses me everyday with her strength and spirit.

Everyone take care and get ready for more and more good news to come. Pray, Pray, and Pray.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Luthringer - I cannot believe the strides you have made in the last week!! You are an absolutely amazing and strong woman. Keep pushing - I feel strongly that you will get your vision back! Hang in there .. you have come so far already. I will continue to pray. We love you.
- Jenna Graham (and her family)

Anonymous said...

Andrea,

Keep fighting! You are doing amazing. We have you in our prayers everyday and we can't wait for you to get home. You are so strong and I know you will beat this.

-Justin Moore

Anonymous said...

Andrea,
My name is Debbie Barnsley. I am Jasmine's mom. Many of my family members and friends have been inspired by your story. Your courage and determination encourage me to become a better person. We are continuing to pray for you from New Mexico!
God Bless,
Debbie and Dan Barnsley

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrea and J.

We are so thrilled with your progress. I put your name on our St. Peters' Prayer list again today so that everyone will continue to pray for you. We know that you will continue to improve and will pray for the eye procedure to go well.

Love you,

Alice and Art Henderson

Mary Frances Doris said...

Awesome news! We are on our way to church right now. You will be in our prayers.
We love you and hope to see you at home soon.
Kevin and Mary Frances

Shanna & Scott said...

Hey Dre!

What a wonderful update! I bet it feels so good to get something solid to eat. (Even if it is pureed.) :o) I am so, so proud of you. Your strength, perserverence and determination are an inspiration to everyone. You are God's angel and everyone's hero!I love you so much and will see you soon. Until then, keep making laps around that bed.

Love,
Na & Scott

Anonymous said...

Andrea,
I am so happy to hear that all of your hard work is paying off! You have always been such a strong and wonderful person! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones always!
Love, Lauren Wylie

Anonymous said...

You go Andrea. I am so impressed and happy with your progress. It is truly a miracle. Keep it up. You're doing a wonderful job.

Love, Carolyn Frazier

Anonymous said...

I am so excited to contine reading the awesome news of your recovery. The improvements in just a weeks time have been incredible! Keep it up, girl! Today really brought tears to my eyes of sheer happiness. I've cried buckets, but this week, they're of happiness.

Love you - you and your family will remain in my prayers for as long as they're needed.

Susan and Mom

Anonymous said...

We continue to be so thankful for Andrea's continued progress. It's been a few days since I was able to log on for an update...talk about good news!!! I feel like shouting from a mountain top..God is so good!Please know you are always in our prayers...even when I'm not connected to the internet Love you bunches,
Tracey, Sam and Vanessa

Anonymous said...

Yeah Andrea! I am so proud of you. I always look forward to reading about your progress each and every day. Keep up the good work...I can't believe how strong you're getting every day! You'll be home before you know it. We are praying for you every day!!!
Love, Lindsay Jarnagin Farr

Anonymous said...

Yeah Andrea! I am so proud of you. I always look forward to reading about your progress each and every day. Keep up the good work...I can't believe how strong you're getting every day! You'll be home before you know it. We are praying for you every day!!!
Love, Lindsay Jarnagin Farr