Abby and I had a long day but in the end I feel more encouraged than I have in a while. We left for the hospital at 8:30 in the morning and weren't home until 7 PM. The spinal tap itself didn't take very long but Abby didn't wake up until 6 hours after the procedure. I am not sure why it is taking her so long to wake up after the sedation is over. Fighting cancer is hard work and many of the medications she is taking can make you tired. It may just be the pain from the headache is gone and she can finally relax.
Whatever the reason, Abby had a wonderful 6 hour nap at the hospital and when she got home had the energy to run, play and dance. Seeing her beautiful smile again made me thankful we decided to drive through all of that ice and snow.
Thank you for praying for us today. The drive was a little nerve-racking, driving on ice and snow is not a skill I have perfected. Praise God we didn't slip once while we were driving or walking on it. I watched a lot of other cars slip and slide, but thankfully we didn't join them.
Abby was a little nervous as they were beginning her spinal, but over all was very relieved to know they were going to do it. She has learned that they take the pain away for a while and was thankful they were willing to help her.
While in the past Abby has been hard to keep comfortable, today Abby sedated beautifully for the spinal. I was with her the whole time and was very pleased with how it went.
We now suspect Abby's throat muscles are weak from the chemo. When she is sedated the weak muscles become too relaxed and Abby has to work harder than normal to breath. It is hard to listen to the sounds she makes while she is sleeping off the sedation but I am learning that Abby is up to the challenge.
Abby's intracranial pressure is still too high but it is lower than it has been since this started. The Diamox seems to helping some and the side effects are minimal. The on-call doctor, who did the spinal, was willing to increase her Diamox today. I am grateful we are moving towards a solution for Abby. God is good. Thank you for caring enough to pray for Abby.
Abby Challenges Landis to a Dance Off
Get the kids, turn up the volume!!!
Abby's smile is back. Tonight Abby left Santa a plate full of sweets and went to bed dreaming of Christmas. I can't wait to watch her open her gifts. Oh yeah, she also challenged Landis to a dance contest... click here to view...
You get to pick the winner... leave your comments about the winner.