Thursday, September 14, 2006


The last few days have been really hard. I've been running a fever along with a migraine, and I've felt like I've had the flu. My blood pressure was extremely low all day yesterday as well. I've been sleeping a lot. Brandon says it is a side effect of the medicine. They gave me oxycotin (?) to help with the headache tonight so for the first time I'm feeling halfway decent. This round has just been brutal. I am done with the blue stuff -- at my personal lifetime limit, and happy enough to never see it again. I'll have a different drug next week along with the Cytarabine.

My prayer request tonight is that the fever will stay away and I'll be allowed to go home after my chemo finishes up tomorrow morning. I haven't been eating at all, and I think I will do much better at home. The doctors think the fever has been due to the chemo drugs, though they did take cultures today just in case. I also received a blood transfusion today. My iron count was down in the 7s, so I'm sure that has something to do with why I'm feeling better tonight.

Barnes has kits in the mail for my siblings to be tested for a bone marrow donor match. The doctors say I have about a 90% chance of having a sibling match. We should know within two weeks.

Thank you all for your prayers.


Amber D.M. said...

Still praying for you all, dear. =) I especially pray that one of your siblings will be a match! *hugs and love*

Anonymous said...

Just checking on you this evening.

Thanks for this update. We will indeed remember these things in prayer. Hope you have a good night tonight and will be able to be in your home tomorrow.

May the Lord continue to sustain you all.

Love from us,
Don, Lilan, Lisa, and the Girls

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

I'm still praying for you. Sorry you're having such a rough time...


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Carrie said...

Praying much for you. You are often on my mind.

MugwumpMom said...

May the actual and felt presence of Your Father in Heaven fill your hospital room and your heart.

You remain in my prayers

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about the fever and migraines. Continuing to pray for you daily.


Anonymous said...

HI Amy,
I am praying for you every day! I know this is hard, but He who ws faithful to get you through the last treatment you had to go through will get you through this one too. I am praying that one of your siblings will be a match and that your transplant will be a huge success so that you can get back to your husband and beautiful baby soon.
I finsihed my chemo yesterday!
I now just have to have a CT scan in two weeks and then nothing until December when I have my first follow-up PET scan. I will feel free for a few months now after having been at the hospital for 6 months!
Thaltjnk you for your prayers!
Gina Dunn

Faith said...

Hi Amy,
I've never formally introduced myself, but this entry will just have to suffice. My name is Faith. I am Matt Schwartz's girlfrind, and know Brandon from PHC. Please know that you, Brandon and Gary have been constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Matt and I are here for you guys in any way we can.
Thank you for continuing to update us all. I know this is not easy for you, but your joy in the Lord is such an encouragement to me.
May you be comforted by His love.

Faith (& Matt)

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,

Just want you to know that we continue to uphold you in prayer. We will pray especially that you get to go home between chemo.

Earline and Steve Howson

Anonymous said...

Hoping the fever and migraines GO AWAY!

Rachel E

monicac2 said...

Looks like you're all done with chemo today. Praise the Lord! You're in my thoughts and prayers. God bless,

Rachel Davis said...

I hope you have a fantastic weekend at home! (and better food)

Barb said...

I'm praying you feel better and get to go home and I'm praying twice as hard that one of your siblings is a match.

eurogirl75 said...

Praying for you tonight....

Amy in AZ

Lacey said...

You never imagined that so many siblings would come in handy, right?! Praying for a match!!

Kevin P. Larson said...

We're praying. Hang in there! You are a huge encouragement!

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,
I hope you're home tonight and feeling much better. I guess you know by now I spoke to your Mom yesterday afternoon to check on your condition and see if the chemo went as planned. Sorry to hear about the sickness and the headaches, but today is Friday and I hope they are all gone by now. We continue to pray for you. I updated our small group of people who pray on Tuesday night at church of your latest adventures in sustained faith in spite of the trials. We raised your name up again to the throne of grace and I know that the Holy Spirit has conveyed the correct words to our Father, God. His mercy abounds to those who love him and you are one of His shining stars of faith.

Hang in there. I know that I'm one of the fortunate ones who can get an update by phone from your Mom and Dad instead of waiting for the next blog entry. We will check on you this weekend and I sincerely hope you're feeling better than you were on Thursday.

Hope to see you soon.
Uncle Cliff and Aunt Karen.

Anonymous said...


Blessings to you! My prayerful heart reaches out to you in your requests of returning home soon. I hope you will be able to "chill out" soon and the fevers will leave you. I am glad transfusions are giving you a boost of energy. Amy, you are such an inspiring witness to me. I am so grateful for you!

Love in Christ,
Lynn Hensel
Grace Church of Columbia

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

praying for you...

I am so sorry for what you are enduring - I just don't know what to say. I am so sorry.I am thinking of you and sending prayers!!

Leigh said...

Hey Amy,

This is Emily B.'s friend Leigh. I was thinking about you and praying for you as I had my quiet time today. Right now in my life I am very anxious about things as I am sure you are as well, but reading Philippians today really helped me see how big God is. I pray that you will feel the peace that only Christ Jesus can give us. I pray that you will not be anxious about anything, but that you will see daily how God is in control of all situations. Thank you for continuing to bless my life through your testimony.

God Bless You!
Leigh Taylor
Sherman Oaks, CA

Overwhelmed! said...

I just wanted to let you know that I'm still praying for you and hope that one of your siblings will be a match!

Thank you for keeping us up to date. We truly care about how you're doing!