Abby had her spinal and chemo today. She tolerated the spinal puncture very well. Prayer answered. In fact, she was very still and calm the entire time. She's a real champ. How many of you could get a finger stick, have a needle stuck into your chest, get semi-sedated and then have another needle plunged into your spine... and never flinch the whole time?
However, her intercranial pressure was SHOCKING. We expected it to be a little elevated. The elevator went through the penthouse and was sitting on the roof. Normal spine and skull fluid pressure for her would be between "8 and 14". Abby's was THIRTY FOUR.
This is a very serious issue for her. We're not sure what the plan is at this point but we know she cannot be subjected to this prolonged pressure on her eyes and brain with causing damage.
Admittedly, it's hard for us right now. We don't want to sound like alarmists or be over the top in our updates. We struggle realizing (understandably) that Abby is somewhat "old news" to the multiple dozens of tens of thousands who were following her closely when she was at death's door. They don't realize we are as concerned now, maybe more, about her current condition and potential for relapse as we were last year when things were so terrible.
This spinal fluid pressure issue has the potential to cause her long term sight, brain, hearing and developmental damage as well as a myriad of other problems. We have complete faith in God's plan and care but it does not alleviate the current concern we have as her parents.
We appreciate your continued prayers for her well being. For those who perhaps feel like Abby is kind of "done with cancer" and out of danger, we covet your renewed prayers for her: that her spinal pressure would be normal, and that she would not relapse. She is currently in the most precarious time (the final year of chemo) when relapse would disastrous, save the Lord's intervention.
Michelle will give you more details tomorrow...
Abby loves her SpideyBrother and he obviously loves her...
Landis The Funny
Landis, our youngest, is a hoot. The boy comes up with some stuff that just has us laughing our guts out.
Today, after lunch, he had some ice cream in a bowl. I look over at him and he is digging out this HUGE bite of dairy pleasure; maybe a 1/2 cup or more balanced skillfully on his spoon.
He raises it towards his mouth... and I'm about to light him up for bad manners... and he stops, looks adoringly at the ice cream and says... no lie:
"H - e - l - l - o Goooorgeous..."
He could have shoved his face in the bowl at that point for all I cared. I was too busy trying not to cry from laughing so hard.
Great Photo's For Christmas
Just in time for Christmas, I am putting out an issue of SeriousLife Magazine dedicated totally to taking great photos, and showcasing great photos. This is a perfect chance for you get your questions answered, request demonstrations, have your photos published, and be highlighted as photographer (or someone who takes great blog photos).
- If you are a photographer, or just shoot good blog photos, and want to be considered to have YOUR OWN GALLERY PAGE in the issue, contact me (email@example.com).
- If you are photographer and want your own photo gallery in the issue, or want to contribute "how to" or educational articles about photography, contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- If you want to submit your photos for publication in the public photo gallery, go here: http://www.seriouslifemagazine.com/submit_content_forms.asp?c=photos
- Email me (email@example.com) with your photography requests: How-To's, Demo's, Tools, Education... what you would like to see in this issue that will help you take better photos?
PS. Did you see the latest issue of SeriousLife? www.seriouslifemagazine.com