August 24, 2012
So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
Bio-chemo treatment isn't easy on you by any means! It does take a physical and emotional toll as you struggle to maintain & overcome while under the influence of several harsh medications. Madeleine has been fighting hard and has done very well, but this afternoon as her blood counts (and her spirits) were getting low, Dr. Gailani made the decision to taper things off early. He felt that she had finished the main chemo drugs for the week, and that she would be better off if he made that adjustment.
By this evening, Madeleine was back in good spirits, eating and drinking again, laughing, and up walking. It was like a load had been lifted off her shoulders. She will stay in the hospital until tomorrow (so they can monitor her counts) and then will come home on Sunday.
Update: This morning (8/25), Madeleine's blood test shows that she is "neutropenic" (low white cell count), so we are wearing masks and washing our hands while in the room with her. This is not unexpected and is a temporary result of the chemo. Thanks for keeping her in your prayers.