Monday, March 27, 2006

Chemo Today 3-27-06

Last week Andrea said that her eyes changed dramatically. She claims that she can see all the color in the world now and everything is a little blurry. She visited the Low Vision Clinic in Houston early last week and they gave her a prescription for glasses. On Friday we went to Eye Masters and picked out frames for her lenses. They should be in this week so we'll see how she does with those. This is a huge improvement and one I honestly didn't always expect. Truly another miracle has occurred and will continue to occur forever.

Last Friday Andrea and I went to an Italian restaurant with a group of friends to celebrate her 25th birthday. Her birthday is not till Wednesday of this week, but we wanted to do it before she started her chemo treatment. We all had a great time and she loved it. On Saturday Andrea and I went to Fort Worth for one of her friend's wedding reception (Alex and Bart Hall). We stayed at her friend Erin's house in Bedford and had a wonderful time.

Today Andrea begins her second chemo treatment. She will be able to do it at home as long as there are no complications or precautions that must be taken. Please stop sometime today and say a prayer for Andrea. Continue these prayers throughout her treatment and we will keep her out of the hospital and on the road to complete recovery. Thank you so much for your support and prayers. God Bless.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Me and Andrea Posted by Picasa

Andrea at the Lakehouse Posted by Picasa

Dustin's Wedding Posted by Picasa

Monday, March 20, 2006

The Weight is On

Andrea has made significant improvements over the past week. She has described it like a switch turned on inside of her. She has not gotten sick in ten days, and she has been pigging out. Not only has she gained nine pounds in one week, she has been able to see a lot more color. Andrea is thrilled about the changes and it shows in her attitude and energy levels.

This weekend was her first trip away from Houston. We went to one of my best friend's wedding, Dustin Duhon, in Austin, Texas. We also went to my parent's lake house on Canyon Lake on Saturday. She has not visited there since the week before she was in the hospital. I will post some pictures of the weekend on the blog very soon.

Andrea's doctor has decided to do a half dose of chemo next week to keep the leukemia from coming back before the bone marrow transplant. She was also informed that the doctor would like for her to do the transplant in about two months. Please continue to pray for her and we will bring her through this terrible ordeal. She would like to thank to all of you again for all the support and prayers.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

All is Well 3-12-06

The surgery went well and hopefully Andrea's trachea will heal properly now. She spent the weekend recovering and catching up on her movies. We think we might have nailed down which medication was causing the nausea. The dosage of the medication will be complete tomorrow so we are keeping our fingers crossed that this will allow her to start gaining some weight. We will keep everyone informed if anything comes up this week. Keep praying for her tummy and eyes. Good night and God Bless.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Pray Today 3-10-06

This week has been much better than last. Andrea doesn't have the headaches anymore and is beginning to hold more and more food down. She did visit the eye doctor this week and some improvement have been made since the last visit. The doctor also told her that at this point he is not trying to correct her vision, but stabilize her eyes for the bone marrow transplant. Once the transplant is over he can go back in and focus more on correction of her vision to some degree. This was very encouraging to Andrea.

Earlier this week the doctors at MD Anderson discovered a small amount of bacteria on Andrea's trachea site and put in a pick line so that she could receive an antibiotic drip from home. She returned to MDA yesterday and saw a head and neck doctor. They decided to do a minor surgery today to help close her trachea site and help it heal more quickly. She will be going into surgery today (Friday) around 11:30AM. Please pray especially for this procedure and we will get her through another obstacle. Hopefully the procedure will not set her back a bit and we will continue on the road to recovery.

Thank you for your support and please keep Andrea in your prayers. God Bless.

Monday, March 06, 2006

A Little Set Back 3-6-06

On Monday of last week Andrea had a spinal tap to determine whether the leukemia was in her nervous system. The good news was that test was negative, but the bad news was the spinal tap caused extremely painful headaches. They lasted all week and she couldn't keep any food down during that time. We started all over in the weight gaining arena.

Saturday the headaches ceased and she had a great time with her friends that night. Monday we went back to the doctor and the IV fluids from the week before lowered the Calcium level but not the Creatine in the kidneys. They found bacteria around her trachea and prescribed a drip that can be done at home.

She will be resting and eating as much as she can all week. Please continue to pray for her kidneys, tummy, and eyes. She loves each and every one of you. God night and God Bless.