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Kim’s Appointment Update

Well, Kim’s appointment today was unfortunately not as chipper as the previous ones have been.  Her numbers are not continuing to recover.  They have, in fact, dropped.  Some of them significantly. It was clear that the doctor was somewhat disturbed about this, while trying to still sound optimistic.  Watching him compare the numbers over the last month, we could see his mind whirling.  The white count was down, the neutrophils (her body’s ability to fight off infections) were down, weight was down, and the blood platelets were down…pretty much a crummy report all around.   He was not sure what was going on, but said we would need to wait at least another month and see if these numbers would recovered any better.  He was a bit befuddled that they were up last week only to fall across the board this week.  We asked if Kim’s recent illness with the tummy bug could have impacted these and he said it was a slight possibility, but one that we would just have to follow and observe.  He said that he would have expected her to have been a bit perkier and those numbers higher by now, so that was telling in and of itself.  Although he said that some people’s bodies just take a really LONG time to return to a normal status.  However, it does explain why she has still felt that deep sense of exhaustion most days.

The plan of action is doing the same for now.  Rest, working to eat, and staying away from people who are sick.  They will keep watching those numbers and give it another month to recover.  If they do not, the doctor will perform another bone marrow biopsy to discern what is going on in her blood.  And, depending on what that shows, possibly needing to repeat the seven days of twenty-four hour chemo round again. =( Kim was pretty bummed hearing that news today, to say the least.  This has been a tough haul and to know that it might need to be repeated, sadly starting at a lower health spot than the first time is hard to wrap either of our minds around.  However, God is big, and we know that He is in control.  I pray that she does NOT need to start from ground zero again, as this has kicked her pretty hard thus far, but…we will hold onto God’s ever faithful hand and know that He has a purpose.

Praying for wisdom, strength and the ability to walk nearer to the Lord throughout all of this.  If you think of it, give Kim a call or text and offer a bit of encouragement to her in the next few days.  She has not ever been one to sit still for too long, so the long days of being at home my herself most of the time gets hard.  Knowing she still has another month or longer at home is hard for her to fathom.  She seems to have energy for a couple of hours a day, only to be completely wiped out for a good portion of the remainder.  She says its tough wanting to do things and see people, and yet not really having the energy to match the desire.  The doctor was still very optimistic that she would get there, but might just be a bit more turbulent than first envisioned.

Thank you again for all of the prayers, love and support they have been an enormous blessing!  Despite today’s appointment being pretty emotionally draining for both of us, we know and feel the love of the Lord through so many of you.




One Response

  1. Kim! Jean and I are praying for you and yours!i know God wil do all that is needed! In His precious time! We love you! Hang in there! Tom!

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