Saturday, October 18, 2008

Happy Saturday,

It's about 9:00 and Frank, Chandler, Zach and I are watching a movie ~ Stranger than Fiction, with Will Farrell. It's been a beautiful day here, and cool. We're all comfy and settled in for the night. Chase is at Victory Ranch on a junior high youth trip.

Since we posted last, Frank has been running a fever. If it hits 101, we start fever protocol ~ IV antibiotics. His CRP (inflammation marker) level has been going up each day. Today, it took a jump from 35 to 144. So, he's on IV infusers of antibiotics that we do at the apt. They did a nasal wash at the hospital to check for anything viral, and ran blood cultures. They already tested him for the flu... which he doesn't have. They are covering all the bases. He is still achy and has some pain, but the pain meds give him relief. His spirits are good and he's been watching football most of the day. MSU isn't doing so good..... but... we don't let it get us down!

Zach stayed with Frank yesterday while Chandler and I drove Chase home to go on his trip. He loved driving him around! We had a whirlwind 7 hours at home, not even sitting down unless in the car. We went home, packed up Chase, dropped him off at church, went to get a new car battery for the Honda, came back home to get in her scheduled long run (8 miles, yea Chandler), showered, ran 2 errands and headed back to Little Rock! We got back at 2:00 am. Yikes! Just time to get a nap before being at the hospital at 8.

I felt so bad to learn Frank had run fever. APN. It started after I left and he didn't want to worry me, so he didn't call, knowing we were coming back in the same night. Zach took good care of him and they enjoyed their boy time. But I was really glad to be back.

Today's labs were what we expect to see right now.
WBC 0.01
Hgb 11.3
Hct 33.0
Platelets 25, no transfusion today, but maybe tomorrow. 20 or below gets a transfusion.

Please pray with us that his fever will go away, and he will stay free from infection, or any complication and that his pain would get better.

We miss home the most on Sunday's. But we'll look forward to seeing Chase tomorrow and hearing all about his trip.

We love keeping in touch with our other patients/friends. Susan, from Houston, and I emailed back and forth today, and she left me with a verse we needed today.

Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."


Sandy Brody aka Nana said...

That's been our verse too!! Picture God saying" Isn't that what I had said?" :0) Looking forward to bringing Chase and hugging you. See you soon. Love, prayers, hugs and kisses to all. Casey & Moses send licks & purrs! Nana xoxox

Anonymous said...

Hey! Peach (Colleen my niece) went on that Victory Ranch trip too! Did Chase see her? Tell him if she was "bad" to give me the scoop so i can taunt her--haha! I hope they had a blast! Frank-we always knew you were "hot" --let the fever go-ok! This weather should cool you off a tad...if not, come jump in the pool it's chilly...Off the subject boys: Cole got a new R/C Monster truck for his 8th birthday (a tad early) so Brad HAD to get a R/C Race Car so they could race...y'all have to come "play" w/ the boys in Carlton Carlton Corner! Our Prayers are with you! We love you! Colleen & family

Barbara & Scott said...

Just checking on you Frank, Peggy, Chandler, Zach and Chase! We want your fever to "be gone"! Love that you are all getting to spend time together as a result of home-schooling too. Love to you all
Barbara & Scott