Monday, April 6, 2009
"Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
We know it's only one day, and that some down days will come, but we are celebrating a very good day today. Tammy is completely off the oxygen, and still has a saturation level of 96 percent. Her pneumonia is not gone, but it's totally under control. The doctor stopped by today with the intention of changing some meds, but changed his mind after seeing how well she was doing.
She looks really good, as you can see in the picture (taken tonight). Her face has good color and her eyes have good expression. She's able to get out of bed and move around. I was blown away by how good she looked when I got to her room tonight. I'm sure she's tired of hearing it after three hours, but I'm not tired of saying it.
The nurses tell us that she's still headed for some days of feeling pretty bad. Her white blood count has reached its nadir (lowest point). She won't feel like eating. She won't feel like walking around. She won't feel like doing anything. (It's interesting, the chemotherapy first caused her to ralph, then caused her to nadir. Our guess is that it will cause her to run for President next.)
Every time I go to the hospital I see another stack of cards from many of you. I can't tell you how good that makes both of us feel. Thank you so much for the attention, and mostly for your prayers.