Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Results

Tonight we finally got a call from our nurse practitioner.  The radiologist looked at her scan and said that the clot is much better.  They actually did two tests.  One was the MRI and the other was an MRA.  The MRI just takes a picture and the MRA is a test to see how the blood is flowing through her vessels.  Well the MRI looked great and you couldn't see the clot.  The MRA showed a huge improvement in blood flow where the clot was, but not perfect blood flow.  She explained that there is still remnants of the clot there and that the blood is not flowing as freely as if the clot were not there at all.  Because of the blood flow not being perfect, they still have to assume that it is there a little bit.  So, she said that at this point she thinks that our oncologists will have us continue the lovenox shots for now.  She did tell us that this is not the final decision on what will be next, but that she would be very surprised if they would have us stop the shots at this point.  She said they will probably re-scan her in about a month (not three more months) to see if the blood flow is completely normal at that point in hopes of stopping the lovenox.  Our doctor will call us tomorrow to let us know exactly what he wants us to do.  We of course are disappointed to have to continue with the shots, but are encouraged that the clot is so much better and that the shots have been doing their job.  So tonight our sweet girl had to get another shot.  I cried right after I talked to our nurse practitioner, but as the night has gone on I have reminded myself several times that this too will pass and that we will all get past this.  It's hard to see her have to continue to go through so much, but she amazes us with how she just accepts and handles things so well.  She just accepts what needs to be done and trusts us so much that somehow it's just o.k. that she still has to get two shots a day.  Please continue to pray for peace for all of us as we continue to battle this disease and these other hurdles that have come up.  We know that God's strength in us will keep getting us through this and for that we are so thankful.  Thanks for your thoughts and prayers these last couple days.  We truly have felt God's presence in a powerful way and your thoughts and prayers have meant so much to us.   

9 comments:

Kelli said...

Keep hanging on to the Lord...He is working on Abbey's behalf! God bless!

The Pifer's said...

Praying for your family...

Kristine said...

Oh I wish it were over for both of you. We also got "extended" for another month on Lovonox...hang in there it WILL end!

dana said...

As I read your post, felt like I was right there with you...knowing what it's like to have a little girl endure so much. Cried those same tears...

((hugs))...praying and hoping that in a month the clot will be completely gone and Abbey can be done with the shots!

Thinking of you much,
Dana

daisy2biker said...

That is such good news that the clot is so much smaller! Praying for peace with having to continue the shots. Abbey is such an amazing fighter. Praying the next scan will show normal blood flow.

~Bekky

Cindy Bailey said...

I'll continue prayers for your family.I'm sure it's not easy to hear that the shots have to be given at least for another month. Hopefully by the next scan all of the clot will be gone for good. It amazes me how children just accept things, that we as adults have difficulty with. Hang in there, Shelley!~

Beth said...

What great news that the clot is much smaller!! God is good! Hopefully in a month it will be completely gone and Abbey will not have to have any more of those shots!

Saying prayers for you guys!!

Shawna - Round Rock, Texas said...

May God bless and guide your family through all of this. We will continue to pray for you precious little girl!

Julie said...

Praying for you and your family!