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Kim’s first week at home has been good!  She had her first oncology outpatient appointment on Tuesday (apologize for not reporting earlier, but this week has been CRAZY for us).  It was a good report.  Her numbers are starting to come up slowly.  She left the hospital with her ability to fight at ZERO!  So, we are  thankful that it has now climbed just a smidgen.  (Not sure  how fast they are suppose to climb, but the doctor we saw seemed okay with it.)

The biggest issue that Kim continues to battle is that she has no appetite.  If you can’t tell by the picture above she has also lost a TON of weight.   I think she is over 20 pounds down already. =(  This is complicating in several ways.  Dealing with a blood cancer, the loss of weight affects the electrolyte balances and volume of her blood significantly.  Lately, she has felts like she is going to pass out when she stands up at times.  Doctors have been on her to make sure she gets SOMETHING in her mouth for nutrition and fluids.  (Lucky [or unlucky for her] she has a sister that has had quite a bit of practice hounding with food.)  So we continue to work on solid nutrition for her.

The other issue that is difficult to deal with is her absolute exhaustion every day.  Several times she has said, “I am just really tired.”  To which I reply, tired is when  you take a couple of naps a day, not sleep the majority OF the day.  =0  The doctor said that is normal.  And thus far the trend has been about every other day being rough days.  She has been a bit frustrated as she LOVES to be around people and is ready to try to get back to work and doing her normal life stuff. =)  I remind her often that she has just undergone chemo for LEUKEMIA!!  She is doing amazing.  Praying that she starts to have more good days than bad ones soon.

Next week Kim has several appointments that will hopefully give a better assessment of how the chemo worked on her body. She also has a few appointments with other specialist to assess some other issues that came up while in the hospital.  Please continue to lift her in your prayers as she still has quite the journey to walk.

Kim is such a tough cookie.  She has had a great attitude throughout this whole experience.  I have been proud of her fighting spirit.  I continue to pray for the Lord to guide, direct and give her what she needs each day.  I pray for her dependance on His strength and grace to walk through this difficult journey.  God has been so faithful in the past and therefore, we know that He will continue in the future.

Thank you so much for the many that have reached out, prayed and helped both of our families in the last few weeks.  (Oh, by the way, Kim will celebrate a birthday on Sunday…she will love me putting this out there, but hey, I can run faster than she can currently. =) )   Celebrating life is such a beautiful gift!!  Again, thank you for the prayers and encouragement.  God has shown His great care of us through so many of you!!




One Response

  1. Tiff that’s great to hear that Kim has a great attitude towards her situation. This is what faith is, knowing that the Lord has His hands in this and not calming this illness she will come out this praising Him even more. Continuous pray to Kim and your family. A note to you Tiffany your will never know how blessed Kim fills that you have stuck by her side and continuously there for her. That means alot to her even if she doesn’t say it, Christ is our team captain and you’re her coach. Keep up the Fight. L♡’ve guys 🙂

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