Thursday, April 23, 2009


Today was Krista's best day in a week -- and that's amazing because she was taking bactrim today. Her bladder pain was still strong, but she was able to keep it under control with a pain killer. The blood in her urine has increased, though it's not making the urine very red. We're really glad that the urology appointment is tomorrow morning.

Krista's starting to think that there may be a little bit of the GVHD rash coming back. Her nose has been itchy, and there's a few bumps on her heels. The small steroid dose that she is backing off of is now every other day, so we may cut it in half and take it every day to see if that helps. Otherwise, she may need to go back up on the cyclosporine that has been causing the potassium problems. Please pray for the rash not to get worse.

Alyssa took her kids and ours to the County Fair. It sounds like they had a great time. Adam especially liked the bunnies and the magic show. Trevor was excited to see his friend Ryan. Between Mom and I, we've been managing to keep the schoolwork going, but it's hard to keep them exercised, so we're really grateful to have help on outings like that.

I forgot to say that yesterday that when I got home, Krista was feeling lonely. With all the busy-ness around the house, she sometimes just wants someone to sit and talk with her. Just after we talked, our neighbor Lori made a surprise visit, bringing some delicious chocolate covered strawberries. And then after dinner, Becky Hunter came over to bring some TV trays and after they talked for a bit, she also went out to get her a latte from Starbuck's. It really helps Krista to have visitors, to help keep her spirits up as she struggles with all this pain. And it has also been such an incredible help for our family to get dinners brought too. The last few days we've had Pork Loin from the Bakers, Italian Wedding Soup from the Carrs, and Bavarian Mussaka from the Svetlas. God bless you all!

The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn His face toward you
and give you peace.
(Numbers 6: 24-26)

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