Friday, January 9, 2009

Her Numbers Are....



Up!  Way up!!!  Her neutraphils needed to be at 750 or higher by yesterday to continue treatment and start the next phase.  They had been well below 750 for the last five weeks.  Last Friday (the day of her bone marrow biopsy) she was at around 300 so there was really no way to know how long it would take her body to get those numbers up. Well, yesterday her neutraphils were over 3,000!  Her bone marrow was working like crazy this past week to sky rocket those numbers and we had been praying so specifically this week that her numbers would make a huge comeback by yesterday so we could get this phase going.  We were amazed when the doctor came in smiling and doing a drum roll and said that they were over 3,000!  

So, yesterday she started this phase which is called Interim Maintenance.  She got two doses of chemo.  The one is vincristine which I had talked about in a post a while back. Some of the side effects are joint and bone pain and this is the one that causes her to loose her hair.  She had this several times the first month and seemed to tolerate it well.  The other chemo is methotrexate and yesterday was the first time she has gotten this one by IV (this is the same chemo that she gets during her spinal taps). The side effects that are most common with this medication are nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite and mouth sores or sores all along her digestive tract :(.  They gave her an anti nausea medication before giving her the methotrexate and told us that we could give her a dose at home last night if needed.   She seems to be handling what she get yesterday very well.  She has been playful and not complaining of anything so we are so relieved that she is doing so well with the first treatment of this new phase.  Every 10 days we will go back for the next 40 days and each time, as long as her numbers are up enough they will increase the amount of methotrexate that she is given.  The more she gets, they said the more common the side effects are so they told us that they usually don't see any of the sores until they get further in the phase.  Some kids don't get them at all so of course that is our prayer for her.  I can't imagine how horrible that would be to go through with her, so we are praying for her body to handle this phase with none of these yucky side effects.  Today has been a good day.  We feel good to be back on track and are so thankful that she is smiling, playing and acting normal.  Here is a picture that I snapped of her today.  Our little trooper :)     

14 comments:

The Gammons Family said...

Another demonstration of God's rich grace and mercy! Thanks be to God for you and Abbey and his blessings.

We pray for you often.

Anonymous said...

YEAH!!! We're rejoicing in Abbey's progress and are SO thankful for God's grace and care for all of you.

Alicia for the 7

Amber said...

I couldn't help but get a huge smile on my face when I read the first line! Praise the Lord! Praying that Abbey tolerates her treatment well and has none of those awful side effects.

TheLahrs said...

I've lost count how many times goose bumps and tears have come since October. Thanks for sharing the great news!
Amy

Kimee said...

Praise God, Shelly Love you guys!!!! Keep strong Abbey!

April said...

I cried when I read your first paragraph. God is so good! I am so happy that He chose to answer those prayers in such a big way. I'll keep praying for sweet Abbey and your whole family.

Michelle Riggs said...

Thank you so much for praying for our daughter, Abby. I have added a new blog list to our blog called "Please Pray for our Friends" I hope it is OK for me to add your blog to the list.

I will be praying for your family.

Leslie said...

Hi,

I found your site from the Abby riggs blog!! Im also from ohio and praying for your little Abigail as well!! My daughters name is Abby too!!!
HOw precious your children are!

Hugs,Leslie

BethanyM said...

We are so delighted about Abbey's progress!

I just came across a passage in scripture to share with you--it doesn't really fit with the happy theme of this post, but I think it is perfect for your journey.

7To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 (emphases mine)

Becky said...

I just found you from your comment on another blog, and wanted to let you know that I will be praying for your Abbey! She is adorable.

romanmegga said...

3000 God is oh so good!! Take every single victory as a miracle!!!

Donna said...

Wow - what a precious little angel. I saw you from the "other" Abby's site and thought I'ld let you know that we'll be praying for your preicous Abby as well! Congrats on the high numbers!

ELISABETH said...

Praise the Lord! We're continuing to pray for all of you.

BoufMom9 said...

Oh my! I am so happy to read her numbers are so high. that is fantastic.
Will pray that she handles this round of chemo very well.