Thursday, June 29, 2006

Hi! This is Amanda posting today!

Daddy had a doctor's appointment today with the oncologist to check his white blood cell counts. They are at ZERO! He also had a temperature of 100.5. So, the doctor sent him directly to the emergency room. The doctor doesn't want him around anyone or anything that could give him germs/sickness/disease. So, they put him in a private ER room and is now being moved to a private hospital room. They have been pumping him full of antibiotics to protect him from sickness. He may be in the hospital until Saturday.

We are praying that God will protect Daddy from any germ or sickness! God has already healed Daddy of cancer...we've seen that with our own eyes! A tiny germ is not too hard for Him now! Philippians 1:6 says that God will bring His good works to completion. So, let's believe that Daddy's healing will be completed!

This is Daddy in the ER today.

Mama wearing her garb to protect Daddy!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Today was Darrell's third round of chemotherapy. It's 9 PM now, and he's already worn out, pale and his blood sugar is way up again. Yikes!
This has been a good week with Darrell's sister Paula, her daughter Michelle and Michelle's newborn son, Evan visiting with us. Paula spent all day today at chemo with Darrell.

This is Darrell, his sister Paula, our niece Michelle and her 4 week old son, Evan.

Tonight, Amanda and Lydia came into town to visit. Jason, Brandy and Nora also came over. We dressed all the babies in coordinating outfits. What do you think?

Nora, Lydia and Evan

Left to right: Jason with Nora, Amanda with Lydia, Michelle with Evan!

Thank you again for standing with us in prayer for Darrell's healing and victory over the effects of the chemotherapy.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The last two weeks have been very similar to the first two weeks of the first chemo round. The main difference is I have gone back to work, so Darrell is at home alone more now. He was very, very sick for most of the first two weeks. Lots of yucky symptoms. The third of the three weeks was much better as his white blood cell count came back up within normal ranges and his blood sugar counts came down closer to normal. This week Darrell's sister, Paula and her daughter Michelle and her newborn son, Evan are visiting us from California. The timing is good for their visit because Darrell is stronger this week. Darrell also got to go to church on Sunday for the first time since this whole thing began. Our church family was so warm and gracious to him as they expressed their love and concern for him.

Nora spent the night with us and made Papa feel better!

Aunt Paula allowed Nora put lipstick on her. Then Nora got to put lipstick on herself. Makeup is Nora's very favorite toy!!

Anyway, Thursday is the third round of chemotherapy. We are standing on these words of Jesus as found in Mark 16: 17-18. "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

Would you agree with us in prayer as Darrell approaches this next round of chemotherapy? Thank you so much for your kind comments, prayers and love extended to us!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

We have great news! The bone marrow biopsy results were negative. The lymphoma did not spread to Darrell's bone marrow. God is so faithful!
The report did reveal a long-standing anemia for which Darrell is now taking iron. That should make him feel a little better, we hope.
Last week was the best week since the chemo began. Darrell seemed to gain a little more strength each day. The bad part for his, though, was some significant thinning of his hair, including his facial hair!
This past Thursday was his second chemotherapy treatment. It's already knocked him down a little. Weakness, sky-high blood sugar counts and a low-grade fever are the main symptoms right now.
We haven't seen our granddaughters this week, so we didn't have any cute pictures to publish. Instead, we thought we'd try to take a picture of ourselves. Below is our feeble attempt!

We look really happy, don't we? Actually we're concentrating on trying to get both of us in the photo!

Darrell wanted to make sure his shirt got in the picture!!

Thank you so much for your love, prayers and concern. Your thoughtfulness towards us means more than we can tell you.