Thursday, January 22, 2009

Nothing New

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

It's been a week since we've posted anything here, mostly because nothing has changed. We're still waiting for a match. We feel kind of like the guy in "Twas the Night Before Christmas," because we're settling in for a long winter's nap. This process will take weeks, if not months.

Tammy's condition is about the same. She's still very tired all the time. It takes all her energy to work, but she's been brave and going to work every day. She sleeps through most evenings, but does find the energy to go to Bible study on Wednesday nights. Her faith is so important to her, as is the case for our entire family. It's worth it to be even more tired to have an opportunity to study His Word with fellow believers.

She will have her third transfusion tomorrow. Her hemoglobin continues to drop, and it was 7.7 at her last test. The doctor wants her to have a transfusion any time it drops below 8.0 (normal is 12-15). It's a half-day process, then she comes home and crashes.

She completed her first round of shots. The medicine is low-grade chemotherapy, so they have to wait a month between doses so it doesn't kill all her bone-marrow cells. She felt like it helped, but she's wondering now if that was just wishful thinking. We have an appointment with the doctor next Monday, so we'll see if there are any changes in the critical numbers. We continue to ask for your prayers as we deal with the daily changes to her body caused by this terrible disease.

Just a reminder, if you're in the Kansas City area. Our church is hosting a bone-marrow drive Saturday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cedar Ridge Christian Church is at 8835 Lackman, Lenexa, KS. The National Marrow Donor Program will be there to conduct the tests. The normal cost of the tests is $52, but through community matching funds, it will be reduced to $25 (ethnic minorities generally are free). If you're in the area, stop by and get tested.

Thanks for your continued prayers. We appreciate them greatly. As we've said before, we feel like we're being carried on a pillow of prayers.

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