Monday, October 09, 2006

Bone Marrow Biopsy #5 Update

I'm fever free for a while so I thought I would take this opportunity to update. The results of my bone marrow biopsy looked good. No sign of leukemic blasts. We are still waiting for my counts to rise and then I'll have another biopsy. That is probably my biggest prayer request right now, that my counts would rise and the fevers would break and I could start coming off all the drugs. I've been using Ativan to help me sleep a lot lately. It seems to be the best way to deal with everything.

I'm still struggling with my appetite, nausea and vomiting. I've definitely lost weight but I think the Lord is preserving my body in that most of my nutritional levels are looking o.k. with daily blood draws. I am having trouble with potassium. It has been very low due to some of the drugs I'm on. It's hard to take through IV and I am not tolerating it very well otherwise.

They took my Hickman out in the middle of the night (early Friday morning). I had cultures drawn today. If those come back clean I'll be getting another Hickman or whatever Barnes prefers. The doctors are consulting with them. I'm very anxious to have it back as I really don't have any veins left for morning blood draws. And I think the IVs are very uncomfortable.

Thanks to Pastor and Mrs. Preusch for the encouragement today. Thank you also to Grandpa and Grandma O, Lizzie, Meam, Kim N, Calzones, and Applegates for the cards.


Anonymous said...

Amy, and Family;

You sound good tonight. Hope you can rest and have a good night too.
We are thankful for the time today.

We hold you in thought, and in prayer before the Lord. May He continue to give you strength.

We pray the counts will come up and that the port can be reinstalled soon.

Love To You All,
Don and Lilan

Anonymous said...

Amy, Brandon, and all,
So thankful to know about the results of the sibling blood tests. We were praying for someONE to be a match ... God certainly multiplied an answer to remind HE is in control! Thanks, as always, for updating us on your present needs. We do pray for each of these needs -- bringing them before the Lord on your behalf. Your continued perseverance through this trial speaks a testimony that is reaching so many. Hope you have a restful night!
Love to each,
Clayton, Lisa, Sadie, and Maggie

Kent & Susan Egger said...


We continue to lift you up in prayer. We are so thankful for your testimony. The Lord is using you daily in so many lives.

We hope you have a good night.

Kent,Susan, Emily & Garrett

April said...

Dear Amy,

Again today you were on my mind as I started my day in prayer. I had prayed over the weekend for good news with the results of your biopsy and for God to bring you physical relief from the side effects of all you endure.

I was thrilled to read the good news of your biopsy results and a smile crossed my face, joy for you that good news was delievered. Joy that God is so good and faithful.

I continue to pray for a break in the fevers, your counts to be right on target...for peace and comfort to be wrapped around you.

My prayers will continue for you :-)

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear about the biopsy. I will be praying about your fever, that your levels would come up, and for overall healing.

You continue to be in my prayers.
Wendy in IA

Rachel Davis said...

Hi there Amy,

So glad to hear that your fevers have receeded for the time being.

We will continue to pray for the other matters, and for your strength of spirit. You're doing so well, but even the strongest person grows tired and weak. You can continue with His' continued aid.

You ARE such a blessing to us all, Amy. Love you!


J said...

I know it's been going on for a long time, but you're still in our prayers for healing, health, and strength for your family.

J R Phillips said...

You're in my prayers and today I pray especially that God's grace and kindness are evidenced to you in a special way.

Anonymous said...

My friend Wendy showed me your site a long time ago, but I just finally decided to write today. I am amazed by the faith you have shown through all of this. You are an inspiration for so many. Thank you for being so willing to put yourself out there and share all the ups and downs of your ordeal. I will continue to pray for strength for you and your family. Thanks for being so strong!
Anne in IA

Carrie said...

Hi, Amy.
It's always good to read your updates and know how to pray for you. Praying for you, for healing and that your faith would not fail.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Amy, your blog updates are a blessing to us and we continue to pray for you many times a day. I know it gets overwhelming sometimes, and you need others to lift you in prayer when you feel almost too weak to pray for yourself. May God bless you, give you a good night and even better day tomorrow. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers continually. We love you, Grandpa Ed and Grandma Linda

flipflop said...

Many prayers. Your update is so good.

Rachel D said...

Amy. Good morning! Just wanted to tell you once again how much you are loved. I don't think you can have any idea how much we all care for you...even strangers whom you've never met. We are all carrying you in our hearts and prayers.

One of my friends out here told me that she woke up early in the morning and couldn't get you out of her she laid in bed and prayed for you.

God continues to place you on the minds of His people, and we continue to pray.

Anonymous said...

Amy and Family,

You are on our minds and hearts daily. Rachel D said it well. You mean so much to so many.

May the Lord give you strength and comfort today is our prayer. Hope the counts will rise soon.

We Love You,
Don and Lilan

Leah said...

Hi Amy,

I found your blog recently and have been praying for you everyday. I'm praying that God will heal your body completely and give you the strength you need to get through each day. May God grant you the desires of your heart and bring you back home to your family, husband and precious baby very soon.

Much love and hugs to you,

Tonya in KS said...

Praying with your and for you.

God bless,

Brenda said...

Prayers for you continue.

Suzanne said...

You are in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

Hello friend,
You're on my mind - and just wanted to make sure you're getting my emails (though I know you aren't able to reply from the laptop). Love you muchly! ~Catherine

Anonymous said...

Hello Amy,

I too found your blog awhile ago and am praying for you.

God is spreading the word and people are praying for you! Thank you for your faith!

Annette-Washougal, Washington

Christy in TN said...


Still thinking of you ... and praying tonight.

Christy in TN