Thursday, April 21, 2011

No update = Good news

Sorry to be absent for so long, dear readers, but things have been busy and not too bad around here.  Shelby's birthday was great and she is officially 9 now :-)  We also had Avery's birthday.  Four!!!!  Didn't I just have her?!?!?

Shelby's ammonia level was high (just above 100) when we were in clinic mid-March.  She has been started on Lactulose to help bring it down and as of last week's labs it was in the normal range.  Her wbc & platelets, though, still sucked.  A little less than 2 months will be 6 months since her shunt surgery and while her incision is healing beautifully, her numbers should be better than that.  The surgeon said the spleen did a really good job of being bad and it will take a while for it to correct, but its getting down to crunch time.  I have no idea what will happen if we hit that 6-month mark and have no change in her numbers....and really, right now, I don't want to know.  One day at a time.  And today is good.

April 1st my friend Michelle passed away at the age of 33 from colon cancer.  Not only did I grow up with her and her brother, Nick, but Nick's daughter and Shelby are best buddies.  Very sad.  Then the next week, I got an e-mail from my friend, Karin, who is in her early 40's.  Her mother just passed away last month from breast cancer and Karin was diagnosed with colon cancer.  Thank God the cancer has not spread, but she is in for a really tough treatment.  Please pray for her and her 3 boys.

Today we celebrate Scott's 44th birthday.  I'm glad he has the chance to sleep in today - his college is closed today - he really needs it.  He is working his butt off and I am so proud of him!  He keeps getting the top test scores in his classes!  He will be a GREAT nurse!

Well, that's all for now.  Enjoy the pictures.  The girls are growing so fast.  Riley is only a few inches shorter than me and we wear the same size shoe now.  She's not a little girl any more :-(

As we wait patiently for Mother Nature to warm up the outside, may our hearts be blessed knowing of the promise of new life in Jesus Christ!  Happy Easter!

Spring 2011 update