Thursday, October 9, 2008

Bone Marrow Free and Clear!

Proverbs 15:30
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.

That's the news of the day - there are no cells in the bone marrow whatsoever, goal achieved! The biopsy went really well. My doctor enjoyed the strings ensemble musical accompaniment I provided through, so much that he mentioned he'd now like to get some speakers and use Pandora's free service to accompany all his procedures at his office. All he needs is his laptop, but I think he'd like to make it even nicer for his patients. Dr. Kass is the greatest! I'm glad he was the one filling in for my regular Dr. Wolliver, who is also wonderful - really this whole oncology team is the best - I'm on a winning team for sure.

My pain was under better control today. However, my hovering low-grade fever has decided to get higher and I'm now being treated on 2 different I.V. antibiotics while we wait 5 days for the blood cultures to come back on what kind of bug it is that is causing this.

Meanwhile, one answer to prayer came quickly today - they found HLA-typed platelets -- 2 bags in fact. Earlier this a.m. I received a transfusion of regular NON-HLA typed platelets b/c my platelets were 16K and after the transfusion (which usually boosts them 30K), my platelets dropped to 14K. My temperature has been a bit high today (up to 100.8), so they had to wait for my temperature to drop before I could receive the HLA-platelets! While I was writing this, my temp dropped to 99.9, so they're currently giving me one of the platelet bags! My kids are still sick at home (they sound horrible) and can't come visit, so pray for them too and for Mike not to get it!

I'm actually feeling better enough to do my own posting today, typing and all, yay! It was nice catching up with a few friends today via my hotel phone! :) I call the room my hotel because, this VIP room (as the nurses refer to it), has really nice hardwood looking floors, beige striped wallpaper, a nice window covering valance and nice shade that lets indirect light in, yet doesn't block my ocean view. I also have a nice sink next to my reminds me a little of a small french suite.

My appetite for the hospital's great food has been diminished. Not because the "muffin of the day" is misnamed, and should be called "muffin of the month", nor because of the limited choices of being on a NO RAW FOOD diet, but because of the intense mouth pain I have. So, I eat 1/4 to 1/2 of the food provided and can take no more! Then I do my mouth care and swish a lidocaine numbing solution around which calms it down. Then I add Shaklee's Cinch meal replacement shake which has a great protein-to-carb ratio plus 6 grams of fiber. So I'm still getting all I need nutritionally.

Speaking of Shaklee, I was so proud of my faithful husband who believes in me and our business so much he attended a Shaklee presentation tonight that I was supposed to have done for one of my customers. This is something we'd decided in September that he would come alongside me at my various meetings and stay for at least the first half hour to an hour to show support, and let people know what having a Shaklee business is like from a male's perspective. He loves the products as much as I do, and would like the guys to know Shaklee is definitely not just for ladies! When I went to the convention in New Orleans, I saw thousands of husband and wife teams. So, this is one way Mike would like to be a part of our business. Isn't he the best husband, EVER? Thanks honey!


Colossians 3:15-17

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

1 comment:

Terri Lynn said...

Good Morning Dear One :>) I AM SO SO DEEPLY REJOICING in the knowledge that you are free from those cancerous cells.. HOORAY!! Whata Praise report of Jesus' grace and mercy... Sigh, I'm so relieved for you.. What a true example you are of trusting in Jesus' Word, The Bible no matter what the suffering level is.. What an inpiration to all of us.. Thank You for your daily posts they are a very tangilble ministry, globally..Love too you, Terri Lynn