Abby's hair is growing back fast! It's long enough now
too be "messy"... praise the Lord. She even has a scratch on her
nose and we aren't even concerned about packing for
the hospital. Ahhh.... the joys of normal life!
Just a few short months ago, Abby had NO eyelashes, or eyebrows...
Abby loves to dress up in ballerina dance clothes.
We hope to have her in dance classes when her blood counts
Landis prays so sweetly for everyone in our entire family.
Thank you all so much for your prayers when Abby was in ER. It was so hard to go to a strange ER, but the nurses and doctor there were wonderful. We love going out of town, but Brent and I did breathe a sigh of relief when were finally home. It is comforting to be near a hospital where the doctors and nurses know Abby and have taken care of her for almost a year.
Abby's fever was caused by two ear infections. Normally ear infections are simple to treat, but with Abby, treatment is complicated by her chemo suppressing her immune system. We would appreciate your continued prayers. It is a little unnerving how seriously ill children with cancer can get from seemingly simple infections. The plan was to increase Abby's chemo, hopefully this infection won't delay Abby getting the chemo she needs.
The other problem they found is frankly one that I only have limited knowledge about. Abby was diagnosed with a temporary condition called Methemaglobinemia . One of Abby's weekly medications caused enough of her red blood cells to be formed incorrectly, to make her oxygen levels in her blood low. Low oxygen levels are making Abby feel very tired. Unless it gets worse all that is needed is to discontinue the medication that caused it and to watch her closely, while her body heals. Unfortunately, I gave Abby her weekly dose right before I took her to ER. I wonder if it will get worse before it gets better.
Abby's biggest concern was missing the fireworks. Fortunately, her big brother, Garrett, and her uncle Michael saved fireworks for her and put on a show for our kids last night. The kids were thrilled to see the fireworks explode right above their heads. God is good.
Would you please pray that Abby's infection would heal, her chemo doses would be increased to a more therapeutic dose, and for her cancer to remain in remission. Abby would like you to pray that she is healthy enough in three weeks to go to a dance camp. She dreams about dancing in the recital next year. Abby has missed so much this last year. I would love for her to get to participate in some of the things that other children get to do.
Pray for these folks:
The Ethiopian government has decided to change their policy about how abandoned (not relinquished) cases are going to be processed. They have stopped giving approval for any cases for abandoned babies around May 4, and the government has been working on the new procedures since then. Yesterday, they told all of the orphanages and agencies to present themselves in court on Wednesday, July 8.
They are supposed to bring their file numbers for these cases that have been on hold, but they were not told what was going to happen. We don't know if they are going to start processing cases (we were told this is unlikely), or if they will give out new court dates, or even just be asking for more information.
Please pray that there will be a swift resolution on Wednesday so these children can start coming home to their families very soon.
Please pray for Shelby and Peter. Shelby's fiancé, Peter, lives in Milan, Italy and was recently diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The radiologist suspects it's a glioblastoma multiforme. One glance at Google will quickly tell you what that diagnosis means. The doctors in Italy told him to enjoy the little time he had left -- that there was nothing they could do.
The U.S. -- and Duke University's brain tumor center -- has a very different perspective. At Duke they are achieving long-term remission success with glioblastomas, and many patients are doing well. I've spoken with Dr. Henry Friedman, Dr. Allan Friedman, and Dr. John Sampson, and they are all in agreement that Peter is a good candidate for their treatment program. Fortunately, finances are not an issue with regard to treatment.
The problem is that Peter has already given up. He's so depressed that he doesn't even want to try anything. Would you please pray for him to be open to treatment here in the U.S.?
Pray for Me... Pray for Others is where we all get to pray for each other. This feature on Wednesdays is a time we ask YOU for help praying for others, as they pray for you. Check back a couple of times today for new requests.
Pray for Me... Pray for Others - Instructions:
- Use the form below to enter your prayer requests. You must enter an "identity", and put something in at least one of the "pray for me" or "pray for others" in order to be included (links to blogs are not required).
- If you link to YOUR blog, please include the following HTML in a post on your blog so that we can create a linked network of prayers (your link will allow others to find us, and be able to participate; make sure you are in HTML mode when pasting this code).
- Put out an email or post on your blog and encourage everyone you know to come and join us in prayer.
- Look over the list and pray as God leads. Come back and visit the list two or three times today as it will grow all day long.
Remember... if you don't take the time to pray for others, then on what basis can you really expect God to lead others to pray for you? I created this with "community" in mind - pray for you, pray for me, pray for others - so that we are both giving and receiving as a community which is far more spiritually productive than simply wanting everyone to pray on our behalf.
Truth is, many people do not have a community they can ask for prayer. We hope to become that community for them.