We are so blessed.

Yay for good blood counts!  Lorelei's 5-days-post-chemo blood counts were good enough to allow her to skip a possible blood transfusion today. (WBC was 5.8 and hemoglobin was 9.7!) Granted, her counts will continue to drop for several more days but this is still good news for Lorelei because her doctor told her it would be okay for her to go to Tahlequah to visit Bradley.  So, off she went.  This may be her last time to see Bradley before the transplant. 

The photo here is of Lorelei at the first NSU Riverhawks football game this season.  She has her little future brother-in-law Brody in her lap. (Brody likes Lorelei a lot. Even more so when she takes off her wig and he can rub her bald head.)

Lorelei's blood counts will likely be at their lowest next Tuesday so we will recheck her blood that morning. If she needs a transfusion at that point it can happen Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. She was told she'll know the signs she needs one even before a blood test because she'll become excessively sluggish (beyond what's normal post-chemo) and maybe even a little light headed.  If those signs pop up during the Labor Day weekend she'll go ahead and head to the hospital to be checked.  

The following week (Sept 10 to 14) will be a week full of tests.  Her transplant doctor (Jennifer Holter at OU Medical) has ordered a new PET scan, a pulmonary function test, an echocardiogram and a bone marrow biopsy. This is also the week Kevin and I will be in San Diego (starting on Wednesday the 12th) for our son-in-law's pinning as Chief in the Navy.  So, we'll be leaving Lorelei in the care of her big brothers and Momma #2 (Lori Ross.) I'm thanking God that Kevin and I can visit Mimi and Anthony without having to worry about Lorelei while we're gone. She'll be in great hands, and Kevin and I need the time together before the transplant begins. 

We are so thankful for all of your prayer and support. The time till transplant has been longer than we had first anticipated. I had originally told my boss I'd need two months away from work (August and September) but it now looks like that will need to be extended. God has provided for us in miraculous ways during this time of reduced income and increased expenses. (Many of you have been instrumental in that.) We've been able to pay the bills and focus on the important things in life. Every moment you get to spend with your loved ones is priceless. Cancer just makes you treasure these even more. 

We are so blessed.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Lori wrote:
Sounds like a better experience this time!! I know you are grateful, and we will continue to pray for God's grace and healing through this. We have missed you all at church, but we also do not want Lorelei sick by accidentally coming into contact with anything. Brody is just too cute!!!

Fri, August 31, 2012 @ 2:43 PM

2. Sharon Hendricks wrote:
Count your blessings, one by one. So happy Lorelei is doing so well at this time. Prayers continue.

Fri, August 31, 2012 @ 4:04 PM

3. jen wrote:
we believe!!

Fri, August 31, 2012 @ 6:26 PM

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