September 23, 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
|David & Madeleine|
Madeleine has made it through the first 2 days of treatment, and is starting the next. Her first night was pretty rough (fever, shakes, nausea, very little sleep), which is not unusual for the first day of treatment. It was so good to have her dad by her side this time (along with her mom), and that was a real encouragement for her. Here are the two of them (along with her ever-present rolling IV-pole) as they were out walking the halls.
I just received word from Deanne that last night went much, much better! Her fever stayed under control, and they were able to get a great night's sleep (well, as great as you can get with all the required interruptions for monitoring). Having good sleep makes a huge difference in this battle!
We have received some very encouraging emails from so many of you during this time. There are many, many people praying, and even a whole set of people who have volunteered to take an hour on a particular day of this treatment week and pray. Wow! I am astounded to hear of this kind of support - it brings tears to my eyes to see Madeleine fighting so hard and to hear about your prayers, and see your encouraging notes. It makes all the difference.
|"Your courage inspires us daily"|
Each morning we pray for your continued strength and courage." Then it went on to say how at their house now, whenever someone has to do something difficult (that they don't want to do) they have started encouraging each other with the words, "Madeleine Up" instead of "Man Up"! I am still laughing about that one. Their note ends by saying, "Your courage inspires us daily."
Thanks again for all your encouragement during this round. :)