Monday, February 27, 2006

Another Week 2-27-06

This past week was somewhat uneventfully, but Andrea continues to show signs of improvement. The cough that she had been battling since we returned from the hospital finally ceased, even though she has developed some sinus pressure. They did any MRI on the brain last week and it showed no signs of trouble. MD Anderson also did more blood work and there was 0% blasts in the blood. They did discover that her creatine (kidney number) was elevated and today they started a four hour drip of NaCl for the next three days. Hopefully the drip will take care of the problem. The doctors tell us that they want her back to atleast 90% before the bone marrow transplant and we are not real clear on what this means. The main thing we are focusing on is getting her to gain weight. She needs to put on another 10-15 pounds so that she will weigh 90% of what she did when she arrived at the hospital in November. She has experienced a hard time eating larger meals and holding all of it down. Let's all pray this changes soon. In my opinion her eye sight continues to improve. She is not using her hands as much to get around and lately she has begun to recognize more color. I am truly impressed with the strides her eyes have made over the last few week. Well enough about the medical stuff.

Emotional she is doing better and the support has been wonderful. Perry has a done a great job taking her shopping and helping her find wigs. This weekend she got another wig custom made and it looks great. This coming weekend Andrea is going to have a group of girlfriends over to spend the night which should be really fun. I will be taking off to do a little hunting with some of my friends.

Please continue to pray for Andrea's blood, tummy, eyes, and kidneys. We really appreciate the support everyone has provided in this time of need and I don't know how to repay each and everyone of you. Just know that Andrea and I are so thankful to have a group of people out there that care for us the way you all do. God Bless and keep the prayers coming.


Carolyn Frazier said...

Dear J and Andrea,
I'm always so glad to get an update. I think that if you compare today's update to the very first one in November, so many giant steps have been taken. And they are continuing in the right direction.

Andrea -- I know the frustration of the eye, but it sounds like yours is on the right track. As long as it keeps getting better, that is the most important thing.

I am continually thinking of both of you and your families, and am sending prayers your way.


Carolyn Frazier

Anonymous said...

Andrea, it is so good to hear of your improvement.I Thank God for your continued healing!

Your Brother in Christ!

Anonymous said...

J. I am relieved to finally get an update. I check this site daily and enjoy hearning all your news and physical improvements that Andrea is making. I sincerly do believe the improvents will continue and all of our thoughts and prayers will continue to come your way. Lots of Love.Aunt Peggy

Anonymous said...

Dear J and Andrea,

Thank you for the update. We will continue to pray for improvement in all areas. Katrina is looking forward to the "slumber party". It will be a wonderful time for all. Love to both of you.

Alice and Art Henderson

Sara Farris said...

Dear J, Andrea, and family,

I found out about you through a friend, Cathy Thomas. She used to work with Andrea's dad. Anyway, my boyfriend, Clint, is at MDA right now getting chemo as he prepares for his second bone marrow transplant on Tuesday, March 7. We have already experienced, once, what you are going through. I would love a chance to get to meet you. Hang in there! I'm up at the hospital almost daily, so call me sometime 281-467-1337.

Keeping you in my prayers,

Sara Farris

P.S. Clint is a big hunter, and I would welcome someone to talk to him about his sport, since I'm not very knowledgeable in that area. ; )

Amanda Bishop said...

Dear J.,

I promise to continue to pray that Andrea gets completely better and that your life together is nothing but the best it can be. You are a truly amazing man/person for all you have undertaken. Andrea is very lucky to have you by her side. It is so important to have that in the recovery process!


Keep hanging in there girl, it's a slow process but it sure does sound like you are on the right track, the track to total recovery. It will happend and I will continue to pray for you each day.

Amanda Bishop

Shelia Calvary said...

Andrea & J
So glad to hear from you. I am so glad the cough has improved.

Continued Prayers,

Anonymous said...

J, I have another box of Godiva candy for Andrea; please let me know if she can handle it. I don't want to add to her tummy problems. Let's keep the prayers going. Stay positive, you're a "great" young man.

Bob & Cindy

Anonymous said...

Andrea, good evening! I want you to know that I continue to pray for you and your family. I pray for your health, your walk with our Father, your emotions etc... I hope all is well!

Your Brother in Christ!