Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Good morning,

Frank didn't' need any blood transfusions on the 6th, but when we saw Dr. Weir on Wednesday, his platelets were 9, and Hct down to 27. So, Thursday morning, we went in for a bag of platelets.

Frank stays busy during the day working at the computer and "taking care of business" with breaks to nap, or change to a position that brings relief. As always, he's up before me and continues the be the hard worker he's always been - always finding ways to be productive. It's a quality of his I fell in love with a long long time ago!

Friday, April 10th was Chandler's 17th birthday! She's pretty excited... as any teenager would be. She has other close friends that share an April birthday, and they spent the time together doing what teen girls do.... talking and giggling (and don't forget texting) all night!

We were so happy that Frances came to spend Easter weekend with us. We loved having her and hope she enjoyed some much needed rest and change of pace for a few days. We made it to church and enjoyed a wonderful dinner over at mom's with the family.

Monday's labs at Baptist were not surprising to us. He needed 3 bags of blood: 2 units of red cells and a bag of platelets. His Hct was 25 and Platelets 2. That takes up most of the day and we were glad to get home and rest.

Dr. Weir changed his steroid schedule last week to try and help with side effects he was experiencing, but one of the trade offs is that he's more sore in the evening. We've since found out that this trade off was much bigger than we anticipated. His discomfort in the evening and middle of the night has become pretty intense. I know the pain I feel watching him suffer and can't imagine how it feels for him to be one dealing with it all. My heart is committed to help him be as pain free as possible.

Please pray that a solution will be found in order for Frank to be comfortable! Whether this means changing the drug schedule again, or increasing/adding more pain meds, or trying radiation to some of these painful areas... we are praying for relief, and for a clear direction in this area.

Romans 8:18-20, 24-27

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed....
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

We love you all so much are so very grateful for each one of you! We thank the Lord for YOU!
Peg and Frank


Anonymous said...

Praying for peace and relief!
Love you,

Anonymous said...

the Dickeys are praying for rest, comfort and patience. we love you all very much. - Kristy

pat coe said...

I pray that the hundreds of prayers cast up each day somehow helps ease your pain, Frank, and comforts you, Peggy. You are never far from our hearts. We love you so very much. Pat C

Anonymous said...

Peggy, so good to hear from you and get a recap on your week. Indeed we will pray for the relief of pain. Stay strong, and continue to share the blessings you experience each day. Chris S.

Sandy Brody aka Nana said...

Praising God for the prayers being lifted and thanking Him too for so many that love and prayer for all of our families. He cares, He hears, He answers, He loves, He is faithful! "Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you" I Peter 5:7

Anonymous said...

Frank and Peggy,
I am praying for relief from the pain and for an extra dose from the grace God is already pouring onto you! I love you guys! Dana

Anonymous said...

Frank and Peggy,
My prayers continue daily for all of you, and my heart smiles when I think of your sweet family and your faithfulness in drawing near to our Father always. Count on me to pray for your relief from pain, Frank, and to pray for Dr. Weir to find the best possible ways to address your pain needs. We know that God has you in His right hand!

David Morris said...

Love you guys. Praying for some relief.

Anonymous said...

Praying for comfort and peace! We love you all!
Lou & Family