She did amazing today. She fussed a little when they were getting the needle in, but it was much better then we expected. The nurses and doctors were wonderful there and we totally feel like these people are holding our hands each step of the way. Her counts looked really good... better than they expected. She did not need blood or platelets today and the doctor was surprised.
On Friday she has her bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap. We will have to go in early that morning for platelets and they will again check her to see if she needs blood too. We will find out her procedure time tomorrow and we are praying for a pretty early time slot. She can't eat anything until after it's over and the steroids that she's on are making her EXTREMELY hungry. We've never seen anything like it before. She is eating more each meal then she used to eat in a day. The doctors said they've seen it a million times before... a little girl who used to eat like a bird (that was Abbey) gets put on these steroids and starts eating like a football player. Anyways, it will be very hard to hold her off eating too long so we are praying that she can get her platelets very early in the morning and then get her procedures done right after.
The doctors explained to us what they want to see on Friday in her bone marrow. They really want to see 5% or less of leukemia cells in her marrow on Friday. If it is more then that, they will do a repeat test two weeks later and if it again isn't low enough (at that point they want to see less than 1%), then they will intensify her treatment. Please pray for there to be 5% or less of cancer cells in her marrow this Friday. When we were admitted the cancer cells in her marrow were 95%. Last Friday they were 55%. This is our biggest request yet, so please commit to praying for those cancer cells to be dying like crazy and flushing out of her body.
Tonight she hasn't been feeling well. She is having a lot of stomach pains and is overall very weak. Earlier we were playing some Christian kids worship music and Jacob was doing motions and dancing around the living room. She was laying on the couch and smiling under her paci. It melted our hearts to see that smile peeking through even though she wasn't feeling well. She is a trooper!! We are so thankful that today went well. God carried all three of us through it and we are thankful. He is giving us a peace that could only come from Him and we saw that peace in Abbey today as we sat at the clinic.
Thank you Lord for being so real to us and giving us only what we can handle each day.