Saturday, October 3, 2009

No Place Like Home!

Yes... We're home! And oh how wonderful it is :)!!

Yesterday we got some good news while in the hospital. Abbey does not have swine flu and the several blood cultures that they did on her were all negative. We can be pretty certain at this point that she had some sort of virus that was causing the fevers and her bone marrow to be so wiped out. She still has a cough, but we are amazed how quickly her body was able to fight off whatever this was.

So as of yesterday she was not running a fever, but her numbers were still very low and we knew it was just a matter of her numbers to start to go up for us to go home. Last time her ANC was this low, it took her body two weeks to recover. Her doctors told us that it would not necessarily be that long. It could take two days or two weeks.

This morning the doctors did their rounds pretty early so we were both still sleeping when they came around. I quickly got out of bed to go into the hall to hear about Abbey's numbers. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard that her white blood cell count was up almost double from yesterday. Although her numbers are still considered very low and she's still neutrapenic, her numbers are on their way up so we were able to leave today :)!

I hadn't even mentioned to Abbey yesterday that it was a possibility that we would be leaving today. Since we had no idea how long this stay was going to be, I didn't want to even give her the hope of us going home at this point. So when she woke up this morning, she was more than excited when I told her daddy was on his way to get us!

We will not take her out of the house until next Friday when we will go back to clinic for her number check, MRI and IV chemo. If she would get another fever we would be immediately admitted back to the hospital. This admission was unfortunately a sign to us that with cold and flu season here, we will have to avoid doing too much outside of our home. And to be completely honest, being home today has been so wonderful that I really don't feel like I want to leave again for a long time :) I do know that eventually we will start to get stir crazy, but being in the hospital and seeing her so sick this week is something that we will avoid at all costs.

Thanks for everything this week! We knew so many of you were lifting Abbey and us up in prayer and were comforted to know that many were thinking and praying for us. Thanks too for many encouraging comments on all the last posts and the video slideshow :). You all are so good to us!

Yesterday we couldn't celebrate the way that we had planned with our whole family, but my dear friend Melissa came up to the hospital with lots of goodies for Abbey and I. She was very thoughtful in everything she brought from orange cupcakes and cookies (orange for leukemia awareness) to very meaningful gifts for us to a number 1 candle to celebrate our one year anniversary. I wish I had my camera (I didn't have it the whole week so have no pictures to share from the hospital) so you could see our mini celebration. I also got to take a long, hot shower and go down to the cafeteria by myself for a little break from our room. It was a blessing. Thanks Melissa!

We are praying for an uneventful week here. Hopefully the next time we head to the hospital for an admission is for baby Colberts arrival :) This coming Friday (the 9th) is Abbey's MRI to check for the clot. Please continue to pray that it's completely dissolved and that we will be able to stop the shots. And also for her ANC to be back above 750. Today it was 130 so it still has a ways to go...

Thanks so much.... and a quick pic of Abbey at home tonight :)

And another of her sleeping soundly in her comfy, clean, warm bed :)

And now off to mine... Goodnight!

10 comments:

Aggie said...

So glad you are home! Praise God!

Cindy Bailey said...

Shelley, it's so good to hear that the two of you are home! Abbey looks like a little angel, both awake and asleep.:) Praise God that her numbers are coming up. Prayers will continue for her MRI to go well and the all clear thumbs up sign to show she is tumor free. Enjoy being back at home. I don't blame you for not wanting to venture out. God Bless!

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that you made it home and that Abbey is feeling better! You guys are in my thoughts all the time :) Please let me know if I can do ANYTHING for you when I'm home...
~Rachael

Anonymous said...

So glad you made it home and everyone is happy! Abbey looks awesome! :o) -beka

Dave & Melissa Gabler said...

This post makes me all warm and cozy inside:)!! When your mom told me today you guys were on your way hoem I serioulsly thought I might cry right there in line for the hayride! Then again reading your txt...i got the same feeling...!! LOve abbeys beautiful smiling face after getting home and fully, bathed:)!!! She is hysterical sleeping in her bed...whats with the arms? I will bring her flowers by monday am when we get Jacob. Love and prayers still flowing for all...

Kelly Hunt said...

Glad to hear you guys are home and that Abbey's numbers are on the way up. Hope you and baby #4 are doing good too and also getting some good rest at home!

albert & angela fontenot said...

Just wanted to say that I am praying for your daughter and your family and that I just KNOW she will beat Leukemia. Glad you are out of the hospital.
My son Brandon has Aplastic Anemia (a bone marrow failure), so we are quite familiar with the ANC rollar coaster and the issues that come along with being neutropenic. Not fun and very scary.
I am looking forward to following your blog and watching God work his miracles in your little girls life!
angela fontenot

JudyB said...

Thank you Jesus !!!! That picture of her smiling and sleeping really shows how angelic she is !!!! We will pray for an outstanding week and her numbers go up and all her testing goes well. We will also pray for you , Jim and the boys to also stay healthy !!! Like you said "Tis the seaon" We love you and continue to lift you high !

daisy2biker said...

So happy to hear you guys were coming home! Praise God! Still praying hard for all of you to stay healthy since the season has arrived. I love the pictures of Abbey she is such a little angel! Love you guys...

The Gammons Family said...

I LOVE Abbey's curls!