Friday, July 8, 2011
Update and Thank You!
First of all, I want to say THANK YOU to all of you that have been praying for us. Secondly, your sweet comments on my last post brought tears to my eyes. Friends I work with everyday, friends I see fairly often, and friends that I haven't seen in YEARS...it is so good to know that you're thinking of us and praying for us.
For an update on Kari:
The doctors had confirmed that it was leukemia but didn't know the type or anything else about the cancer until the biopsy was performed.
We did the bone marrow biopsy today but won't know the results until tomorrow or possibly Monday. At that time we will learn exactly the schedule of treatments. They put her to sleep while she was in my arms which was very scary and I kinda lost it when she went out. But it was very strange how, as soon as I thought I was totally in panic mode, that peace that passes all understanding filled me and all that nervousness and sick feeling went completely away. I think God knew I needed strength because I became the one reassuring everyone else as they found out about the confirmed leukemia.
I could reassure them because I've already counted two small blessings/miracles that God has done. One blessing is that when they put her to sleep, they not only got the bone marrow biopsy done, they put her PIC line in and did her spinal tap at the same time. They were able to do it all at once plus give her some chemo in her spine instead of three seperate times that they originally thought it would be. I also counted it as a miracle that the type of leukemia that Kari has (Pre B Cell ALL) is the lesser of the two evils. I thank God for that! The one thing that I will have to say is bothering me at this time is knowing that within 2-3 weeks, Kari will lose her hair. Anyone that has ever seen Kari could never forget her long blond beautiful hair. I haven't told Kari yet because she's been in quite a bit of pain tonight. At some point this weekend we will have to tell her as the chemo will start making it come out next week.
Our doctors/nurses are fabulous. I can't even begin to describe how awesome and knowledgeable they are. They are so willing to help and truly care about Kari and us. Some have even given us their cell numbers if we need them or have questions when they aren't here at the hospital.
At this time, Kari is in pain with her hips from the biopsy. She has a high fever that the doctors are working on but, overall, she's still being a trooper. We've had lots of visitors and we love that! It truly helps us to have company. At this point, there are no restrictions on visitors except that we ask that if you have any symptoms of being sick in any way, please do not expose us to that possibility.
I feel much better tonight than I did while updating last night. My dear friend, Tonya, is such a blessing to us too. Her daughter, Brooklyn, is leaving a legacy behind that Kari is doing her best to follow! LOL. Kari is as ornery as Brooklyn was and the doctors and nurses have been laughing their heads off at Kari. One doctor told her to put her mask on because she was out of her room and she made a face at him and turned her head away. We all got a good laugh at that! I think she was feeling much better after her transfusion.
Please continue to pray for my baby girl and for our family. Thanks also to those who have brought gifts and blessed us financially. You have no idea how much you've helped us!
(I'm editing this post at 1:25am. Thank God for another answered prayer...Kari's fever is down to 98.1!!! It hasn't been normal in two days. Thank God! She is now sleeping soundly.)