Friday, October 10, 2003

Hi, everyone.

Well, the boys and I arrived in Little Rock late last night. Zach's soccer game was rained out, so we decided to go ahead and get on the road, pulling in around midnight. They are on fall break, and we'll be spending the long weekend with Daddy. Chandler left on Wednesday to visit her friend in Kansas City. She is having a blast, but it's very different without her here. Please pray she has a safe trip and good flight Sunday.

Frank is beginning to run fever. He's run low grade all week, but only at night. We have IV antibiotics he is supposed to hook up if it goes over 101. It's mid-day here and his last temp was 100.7. We are watching him closely.

His blood levels dropped again yesterday, so we haven't gotten word that he's "on the way up" yet. We are hoping it's soon. Frank did mention today that his chances of beating the Frenchman are fading, but he's handling it well. Being a Mississippi State fan has gotten him used to this sort of disappointment.

He's also developed the mouth sores that the chemo is famous for leaving behind. Although he doesn't feel as good as he did a few days ago, he is still doing very well overall. These side effects are yucky indeed, but are not unexpected. Frank is more than halfway done, and he's hanging in there beautifully.

Chase is also doing well. He had some tests run Thursday on his kidneys. They found out he has low grade reflux. The pediatrician hasn't gotten back with us about what we should do about these results. But we are very thankful it's nothing serious. He was a brave little boy during his tests, and I was grateful that I was there to comfort and love on him.

As I'm typing this Frank just got word about his lab values. It looks like he's coming up!! Yeah! His white count went from 0.3 to 0.5. Maybe he's made the turn. His platelets are 20. Please pray that won't get any lower. Last time he had to have a transfusion of platelets when the level went to 14. We don't want him to have blood products if he can help it.
His CRP level is an indicator of infection. It was high. So also please pray that God would heal any infection brewing and the fever would go away!

Thank you for keeping up with our family and Frank's progress. We are so thankful for your prayers.

We would love to know who "you" is though. Sign the guestbook and tell Frank hi! There's not much to do here, he'll enjoy reading it.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, "God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid."

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