Sunday, April 19, 2009

Back to the Hospital

This is Jim again.  Abbey is back in the hospital for some further testing today.  She actually was in the hospital yesterday for about 6 hours.  There was a problem with the needle accessing her port, and this in turn caused a clot in her port.  A dose of TPA, anti-clotting agent, was able to break up the clot and allow her to receive her dose of chemo.  Shelley and Abbey didn't get home till about midnight.  

This morning, when Abbey woke up she did not feel well at all.  I was at work and Shelley called me and said that Abbey was complaining of a headache and that her belly hurt.  The nausea is a common side effect from the chemo, but the headaches were concerning since we've recently found out about the clot in her head.  So, Shelley called the doctor and he said that we should take Abbey to Rainbow to have some further testing on her head, in order to see if the clot had moved.  

So, Shelley and her mom took Abbey to the hospital while I stayed home with Jake and Micah.  Shelley called me a little while ago and said that Abbey underwent and MRI.  Still no word on the results, but I will update you when I get an update.  Please pray that we would trust our merciful God with this continuing battle with these headaches.  Abbey only has 12 days left in this phase and it's difficult to see that the end of this phase is soooo close and we continue to hit bumps in the road.  We know that our loving God will continue to sustain Abbey through this phase... please continue to lift her up in prayer for that continued strength and mercy from our Lord.  Please pray that our minds would be protected from the evil one as it's so easy to have your mind wander.  Thanks.

Jim

18 comments:

Kristen Foushee said...

I say a prayer for Abbey and your family everyday. God will get all of you through this.

Kristine said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Abbey is back in the hospital. Being cautious is always good when their health is in such a fragile state, but I'm praying that it is only a "regular" headache and she'll be home by morning!

Alyson said...

I'm praying that Abbey will feel better and come home soon!!!

Melissa said...

Josh had to do a TPA when we were in the hospital a couple weeks ago. Sometimes I swear they're just trying to finish some brave cancer kid checklist to get a certificate of participation.

fever admission? check. weird side complication? (bowel obstruction or blood clot) check. Port clotting? check.

Abbey and Josh both need to a little less over-achieving! Hope you guys are home soon.

Beth said...

Jim,

We lift you guys up in prayer! Abbey is in WONDERFUL hands at Rainbow, but find comfort that the Lord holds her close to Him during this time!!

Praying for your sweet girl and your family!

Keri Bush said...

I just left a message on your phone and then thought I would check here, I'm sorry Abbey's back in the hospital. She will be in my prayers. XOX XOX to all of you. Keri

Phyllis said...

I'm praying for Abbey and your family. Sorry to hear that she's back in the hospital.
Phyllis & Kristen

dana said...

Praying...holding your family close.

~ dana

Hope said...

I'm praying for sweet Abbey!

The Richards Family said...

thinking of your sweet girl.

Cindy said...

Jim thank you for the update. I hope that the MRI results are good and don't show cause for alarm. I'm praying that Abbey is feeling better and can finish this phase of treatment.Hopefully your girls will be back home tomorrow! God Bless!

Michelle Riggs said...

We are praying!

daisy2biker said...

Saying extra prayers today that Abbey will be feeling better and doing better very soon. God is by her side and yours.

~Bekky

Rebecca Louise. said...

Positive thoughts your way! xxx.

svendsens said...

we'll be praying.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you daily!!!! May God grant you the strength you need!
LOVE YOU

Bethany said...

Thanks for taking the time to update us Jim; we're praying!

Anonymous said...

Praying for Abbey daily in New Mexico.