I'm sorry it has taken me so long to update. There has been a lot going on in the Riggs house, so it was hard to know where to start.
Abby's headaches have been gone for 2 weeks now AND she has adjusted to the new dose of Topamax. When they first increased it she was very tired and it was difficult for her to concentrate. Now, she is no longer taking naps and is making a lot of progress in her school work. Abby loves to learn and Landis has been joining in the fun, too.
Since her headaches are gone, we are beginning to decrease the dose of her pain medications. Hopefully, this will help her have more energy for summer fun.
For the last 5 days Abby has been taking steroids (Prednisone) as part of her chemo regimen. Most parents hate them because they tend to make kids very emotional and ravenously hungry. They are thankful they are treating the cancer but it makes for one tough week for their kiddos. When Abby is on them it they also help her breathe much easier, so she has more energy during the day and sleep is more restful. Tough week or not, it is the safest week so I love them.
How are the fevers? She is still having them, but since all of the blood cultures have been negative, they are letting us go longer between ER visits. Abby gets to wait 72 hours between visits and then we only go in if her temperature over 101. We've been a week without a hospital run. Yeah!
The mold in our bathroom is gone and the work to repair the damage is in full swing. Our church has stood beside us for two years. Watching the men of our congregation work to fix this problem has been a visual reminder of God's love. We are truly blessed.
Thank you for continuing to pray for Abby and for the other children who are sick, too.
Thanks for all your wonderful comments and concern for Abby. We've had a couple of vicious comments (such as "you want Abby to stay sick so you can keep getting free stuff and attention" or "if you don't like what happens at the hospital, why don't you stop treatment and let her die?") but we are blessed to have a hundred loving responses for every ugly one. You guys are great. I trust that we'll be a blessing to you and your family for many many years.
We realize out of the hundreds of posts we've written, not every one of them will be full of joy or devoid of any frustration or fatigue-produced misperceptions. Sometimes we are a bit amazed at how ready some people are to jump on any tiny sound of complaint or negativity, or to assign some grossly sinful motives to our life. We are also amazed that anyone who holds such an opinion of us (like those in the ugly comments above) would even waste their time reading our blog. Such is life...
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And finally, some pics for you:
Yes, Abby and Landis really do play this well together. They have their moments, but about 99% of the time, they are inseparable and play, play, play for hours at a time together.
Abby praying in dance class. We love her instructor and class because they teach modesty, respect and reverence for God.