I created this blog when my sweet little girl, Kristen, was diagnosed with cancer, for the third time. After fighting for almost 3 years Kristen was called home to that same God who gave her life. One of my favorite quotes comes from Neal A. Maxwell- "Those who "plow in hope" not only understand the law of the harvest but they also understand what growing seasons are all about. True, those with genuine hope may see their proximate circumstances shaken like a kaleidoscope at times, yet with the "Eye of faith" they still see divine design." Kristen blessed lives and continues to do so. Her light continues to shine. As for me, I continue to "plow in hope" knowing well that Kristen is mine for eternity. Families can be together forever!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

back in the hospital

We are back in the hospital. We arrived Friday for another round of chemotherapy. In my last post I was complaining about the awful nose biopsy Kristen had. to make it short, she had to be on oxygen for a day and a half, but mostly because when they did the biopsy she started with an awful bloody nose, to get it to stop they had to stuff her nose with cotton stuff. It dissolved on it's own after a few days. that was a pretty bad day! Kristen was home for over 2 weeks this time. I knew the longer we stayed home the harder it was going to be to get her back to the hospital. She loves to be Home! Richard and his dad gave her a blessing the morning before we came back and I said a few prayers of my own that she would be understanding and manageable. She was a little slow getting ready and we were an hour late, but she put on her coat (with Kamie's help) and she seriously walked right out the front door. I know my prayers were answered that day. We went to clinic Wednesday before we were supposed to be back. Kristen saw Dr. Afifi, I have decided that she is one of my fav doctors in the clinic. She is from Egypt and she is amazing. She was going over Kristen's chart getting ready to make the plans for our admission. She noticed that Kristen has already had quite a bit of one of the chemo drugs. It is a drug that causes permanent heart damage so there is a lifetime limit of the drug. Since this is Kristen's 3rd time having leukemia, Dr. Afifi checked and Kristen hit her limit in December. She decided to skip round 4 of chemo and go to round 5. She said during this round of treatment the doctors would get together and decide if round 4 needed to be made up. I thought the doses of chemo in round 3 were scary! She was getting 12 times the dose she had in received in round 1 and 2. Well now Guess what????she is getting 30 times the dose! She got it for 2 days every 12 hours and it takes 3 hours to go in. This morning at 6am they started the last dose. Now she has 5 day rest and then they will do it all over again. There is a chance they will let us go home for a day or 2. She did have a fever in the night so we are waiting to see if she gets another. If she doesn't have a fever by about 5 or 6 they will let us go! After the chemo is started again on Friday, we will probably be here for about a month. Pray for her!

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