If you haven't done "Laughter Lives Tuesday!" yet, hope you will. Brent will probably turn this weeks content into a book because the stories are hilarious.
Yesterday went really well. Abby had a headache in the morning, but by nighttime she was running around the house playing. No stomach problems for over 48 hours!
They did blood work because of her headaches. We were hoping her headaches were caused by low red blood cells, because it would be easy to fix that problem. It turns out her blood work looked great. Her bone marrow is recovering quickly from the last chemo round and she didn't need a transfusion of red cells or platelets. For a kid who needed up to 3 transfusions a week, it is amazing what God is doing for Abby.
Her white cells are still very, very low. This is also great news. Abby's cancer mimics white blood cells, so by keeping her white blood cells low, they are killing off the cancer cells too. The goal is to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
A normal immune system has a ANC (number that expresses how well an immune system is working) of at least 1500. Abby's ANC is 63. Her immune system is dangerously low, so we will need to be very cautious. She is only going out in public when it is absolutely necessary and then she wears a mask. As I said, it is good that it is low, because that is how it kills the cancer, but we need to be very careful with Abby.
For now they will wait to give her any more chemo until her white blood cells recover. We hope we will begin the last month of this phase in a week.
Abby's muscles are weak because of the chemo, but she is getting stronger every day. She even had to stand in the corner today because she pinched Landis's nose, because he was "bugging me". I love it when she is feeling well enough to be a normal kid.
She is getting an eye exam today to make sure that the spinal/brain fluid pressure is not putting pressure on and damaging her retina.
Thanks for your prayers and kind notes. We are very encouraged by them.
We will keep watching for headaches and praying for a miracle.