Abby's doctors overall were very happy with how Abby is doing. Her blood counts are great and her abdominal wound is healing beautifully.
Abby has been begging us to take out her gastric tube. It is bulky, it leaks on her clothes and it hurts when Landis tackles her. She knows she will have to take thousands of pills over the next two years. She has learned to swallow all of her pills and has maintained her weight for a couple of weeks without using her gastric tube for nutrition. Her doctors were excited with all she has accomplished in a short amount of time.
Abby's oncologist and surgeon have both agreed to take out her gastric tube at her next appointment. Abby is on cloud nine.
The not so great news: Last night Abby caught a cold from her big brother. Not a big problem for a healthy child, but they need to be very careful with Abby. After months of worrying about her being out in public, she caught cooties at home.
Her chest x-ray was clear, so we were able to go home on antibiotics. Abby's white blood cells are responding beautifully. She is feeling icky, but no one is worried about her ability to kick the upper respiratory infection.
Because of how beautifully Abby's immune system is working, Abby's doctors are still confident it is safe for Abby to be in public. We are keeping her home (our whole family home), for a few days, out of consideration for others.
Even sick, Abby is feeling MUCH better than she has in the last few months. Tonight, she tried to talk me into going shopping. Got to love a girl with a plan. It is embarrassing to admit but Abby and I have the same cold. I would love to crawl in bed and sleep until it is over. Abby is running through the house, laughing and playing. She is an amazing little girl.
Abby's biggest, ugliest problem is her liver. Her liver functions had been improving, but today they are looking down right ugly. She is 2 tenths of a point from having her chemo held next week. When you are fighting an aggressive cancer, holding chemo is very concerning, especially when her white blood cell count is too high (ANC 6000).
We would appreciate your prayers that her liver counts quickly rebound to normal.
Last night Abby and her 16 year old brother, Garrett, were able to thank his Boy Scout Troop for doing a blood drive to benefit Abby. Garrett did all of the talking and just held Abby. She looked shy on stage, but when it was over, immediately asked if she could go back up front. She's quite the camera hound
Thank you so much for praying for Abby. Abby needs 2 more years of chemo. A lot of her chemo is hard on her liver. I am praying it is healed. Look up in the right corner: only 714 days to go!
Brent was getting some pics ready while I was writing... so here they are:
Michelle took this pic of Garrett and Abby last night at his function
where he thanked the Troop for the Abby Blood Drive.
If you look close, you can see HAIR standing up on
Sami and Abby dressed up in Sami's traditional Ethiopian dresses.
except when SpideyLandis gets between them.
I (Brent) grabbed my camera when a cat wandered into the back yard.
I had actually seen it several times and found out a litte later why...
it had birthed some kittens under my riding lawn mower. Yes, I found them
BEFORE starting the mower for the first time this spring.
SpideyLandis scales the platform I built for them on the side of
the swing set. It's fun seeing your kids actually enjoying something you built.
The BRAVE cat risks her life to see if SpideyLandis had good intentions.
He did, and after a cat kiss, Fred Flintstoned across the yard.
Abby and SpideyLandis just doing what kids do.
I love pictures like this, yes, even me, a macho guy.
Sweet candids of children are probably my favorite thing to photograph.
Landis as the soccer game watching Sami last weekend.
Abby loves being able to get out now and do things. She came to
Sami's soccer game too, and quickly found a friend to pose in front of.
She has become QUITE the camera hound since getting all this attention.
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Easter morning... all dressed up and ready to go.
"Abby, Landis... come over here and let Dad get your picture.
Okay, smile... 1, 2, 3... say cheese..."
And this is what I got from lover boy. Take your best guess
at what this reaction was all about, or even better, just make up
something hilarious. If we choose your caption, we'll post it along with
your blog address if you want and make you famous!