After 9 months and 22 hospital visits, Michelle and I are pretty good at seeing the signs of what is to come. Abby has been showing all the indications of a major crisis, maybe the worse to date.
She is back in the hospital as of this morning and this appears to be the most critical episode to date. Abby is in a very significant amount of pain, her skin is starting to break down again, and she has a high fever. Short of God's miraculous intervention, this is going to be a tough, and dangerous week.
The good news, is that she is almost done with "hell phase" and this very well could be the last or next to last crisis (assuming the maintenance phase is "normal", but then again, nothing about Abby's cancer has been normal at all, as compared to other kids).
We appreciate your prayers for her comfort and healing. We will keep you updated every day, multiple times a day if needed. She has survived torture and we are so close to this horrible phase being done, it would be heartbreaking to lose her now.
As for faith, we prepare for the worse, physically and medically, while we pray for the best and put our hope, joy and trust in the Lord's care. We believe His perfect will is done in our life and Abby's, even if part of that will is enduring trials (which it often is, and that is NOT a lack of faith, that is the reality of human experience in a sin-cursed creation which indeed draws us closer to God and increases our longing for the day when the curse of sin will be removed not only spiritually but physically too in ALL creation, not just our flesh).
We'll keep you updated with daily posts... Michelle will use Twitter/Facebook updates for those of you who want to just keep up with actual things that are happening (ie, "Abby got a shot", "Abby is having a procedure", "Abby is sleeping".