Sunday, December 30, 2007

Awaiting Tests

As long as Andrea is laying down, her pain is zero. But the moment she raises her head, the pain instantly goes to the top of the scale - ten. That's what a spinal tap (also called a lumbar puncture) does. It takes a few days for the spinal cord to repair the assault. She has not had as fever ever since she got steriods from the Brain and Spine doctor on Friday. Since Friday the Brain and Spine doctors have been MIA. The immediate first look at the spinal fluid from Friday was that there was no obvious meningitis or bacteria but it really takes a few days for the tests results to show anything. I think she will be pushing her main Stem Cell doctor to let her go home tomorrow, but we will see how the night goes. The MRI report said that the AML lesion shrunk from 13 mm to 5 mm. They may have to change the type of chemo since she's had an extreme adverse reaction to this one.
Thank you for your prayers. They really encourage Andrea and we are hoping for best outcome.


Aunt Peggy said...

I hope you are at home with J. to bring in the New Year. We are still praying for you and we sure hope 2008 brings you all the joy that you deserve. You are such a great little trooper. Love ya lots, Aunt Peggy

Anonymous said...

Hang in there chica! Maybe the New Yrar will bring lots of luck in getting rid of all this mess once and for all. We are thinking about you constantly and you are always in our prayers.

Much love,

Na, Scott, & Lex

carolyn frazier said...

Hi Andrea,
I am ready for a new year to begin for you and I pray it is at home with J and Zeus. And I hope you get stronger and feel less pain everyday. That is such good news about the shrinkage of the lesion.
Have a good new year's eve (at home!!!!).

Alice said...

Dear Andrea, J. Kathy and Bob,

We hope that New Years finds all of you at home. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Alice and Art

RedRum Sportfishing said...

I'm glad that you are at home with J for the New Year. I've kept you in my prayers way down here in Mexico! Miss you lots and still have vivid memories of the Grand Canyon hike, so glad that you made that trip out there!

Mucho amor,
Brooke Sawyers & Ryan Donovan