Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Every Step Counts

Philippians 4:6-7
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Tammy is responding to the latest "tweaks" in her treatment. Her blood pressure has elevated slightly, and her counts are up a little bit too. They're not jumping up yet, but every step counts.

It is the goal of the doctors to send her home as soon as her counts are high enough that releasing her would not be risky. She won't be 100 percent, but she has to have more strength than she does now. The fact that the counts have started to go up again, means it could happen soon. We're still hoping for Friday, but it's more likely to be early next week. The good news with that is that when she does go home, she won't have as many restrictions as she did after her transplant.

Speaking of transplants, the plan now is to have another transplant. She has to be healthy enough for it, but what we expected might happen now looks to be more certain. When Tammy's counts get high enough to warrant another bone-marrow biopsy the results of that biopsy will determine when that transplant might occur.

It's pretty amazing how much peace God has given us with this whole process. We always had faith that God was in control, but there was great trepidation as we faced the last transplant. Now, as we face the same prospect, neither of us is worried. We know that it's risky, but we are very calm.

Don't stop praying. We know that we are strengthened by your prayers. We can face the trials in front of us because God gives us strength.

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