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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

E Coli!!!!!!

Posted by Lucille

As I said last night, what amazing blessings surround us! This morning at 7:00 Dr. Rastogi and staff evaluated Steve. "Terrible, terrible throat. No good tissue left. No bad tissue left. This is good. Very good. Chemo's half life is nearly complete. Healing will begin now." So, for the next three weeks, Steve's throat and esophagus will grow new tissue. This really is reason to be happy! Other news . . .Steve's neutrophil (white blood cells) count dropped to 70. (You probably have a neutrophil count of 1500.) The doctor stopped all visitation until Steve's bone marrow could be forced to build new white blood cells. The good news is that he received a shot today to kick his bone marrow into a new frame of mind. By now, his bones should be tricked into believing that they can manufacture neutorphils. Tomorrow, he'll get a shot for his red blood cells. This shot is made from E. Coli. Isn't that strange beyond belief?(If you're reading this and if you're one our Dr. McFarland kids or Adam, just pretend it makes medical sense.)

We're not out of the woods yet, but we see the light shining through the trees that were once so dense.

Each day, we receive exceedingly abundant blessings from this journey. Our lives are richer because of all of you.

From my friend Margie

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (I Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV).

1 comment:

  1. Progress! Good to hear!

    Mark M.

    "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer" (Romans 12:12)