Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Olympic Spirit 2010

Hi! It's Peggy (MOM) here in room #812. I just spent an hour typing on this blog only to have it disappear! I am so sad. Here we go again . . .

Thanks to my daughters for keeping up the blog. We have been watching a lot of the Olympics. I've been amazed at the athletes' determination to do their best. The spirit of the Olympics is evident when watching the athletes compete. We have our own Olympics going on in our room. Melanie's competition is the big C-word event, CANCER. She is working for the gold. Today she was able to walk 4 laps in the morning and 2 laps tonight. The laps use to be limited to going down the hall to the brown tile, and then turning around and going back to the doors. Now we get to walk around the nurses station and elevators; no longer a short walk down the hall, but now a longer walk around a big circle. Lately, the walks result in feet that hurt. In fact, Melanie doesn't want to take a shower because doing so makes her feet and hands hurt. Like the Olympics some days are promising and some days are discouraging.

Melanie is still in nadir. 1 neutrophil is present, hematocrit (red cells) is 27.9, and platelets are 50,000. The doctors keep adjusting Melanie's platelet parameter, resulting in a several platelet transfusions each day. The doctors say she is doing as good as can be expected. My visiting-teaching partner, Barbara Mitchell, gave me this advice, "don't expect, just accept!" Thanks for the good advice Barbara.

George & Sandra Lusk came for a visit. Sandra is
Melanie's Relief Society President. Thanks for the nice visit.

It's 12:30 a.m. and time for bed. I want to leave you with these two scriptures:

D&C 98:1-3 - Verily I say unto you my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted: yea, rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks; waiting patiently on the Lord for your prayers have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are recorded with this seal and testament--the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted. Therefore, he giveth this promise unto you, with an immutable covenant that they shall be fulfilled; and all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good and to my name's glory, saith the Lord.

John 16:33 - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

GOODNIGHT. SLEEP TIGHT. DON'T LET THE BED BUGS BITE. SEE YOU IN THE MORNING LIGHT. LOVE YOU MELANIE. - MOM

6 comments:

Cami said...

Great post mom! I'm so sorry your first post disappeared. Thanks for giving it another shot.

I love you Mel! We are praying for the stem cells to start doing their job...soon!

george said...

Melanie,
George and I were so glad we were able to come and see you. Hang in there. You are amazing and so is your family!

Karen Rawlins said...

Great post Peggy, I am so impressed. I am taking dinner to Leroy and Kaden tonight. Miss our visits and can't wait till you can come home as well as Melanie. Love ya
Karen

jen said...

Always thinking of you and praying for you!

Heidi Hartley said...

That is great that you are walking so much, but I'm so sad that it causes you pain after - especially if it's preventing a great shower. You are such a trooper. hang in there.

LaNae said...

Melanie- Your blog is amazing. A special thanks to your family for keeping all of us up to date. We love you. You are such a great example to us. Elder Hales talked at USU tonight. He said we should find the blessings in our trials because they are given to us to grow, not to overcome us. This blog is a witness to me of the tender mercies of our Heavenly Father. What a great testimony of faith we are all building though you. Love You.