Thank you for following with us on this journey, and for all your prayers and support during this time.
I was thinking lately about how often when we are on a journey, we do not always see which road we are on until we are several steps along the way. Such was the case for us. In December 2009 Mom came down with H191, followed by a case of double pneumonia. Since then she has been in a process of recovery, which was taking far longer than what we thought was normal. She was having a difficult time catching her breath and completing regular tasks. Last week our doctor sent her for blood work, and promptly called us at 7:15am Friday the 9th of April. He informed mom that her hemoglobin was extremely low, and she needed to go to the E.R. for a blood transfusion. Of course, this was a cause for concern. At the hospital we received excellent care from the doctors and nurses, and everything was handled promptly and efficiently. After three days in the hospital we were able to be together as a family when the hemotologist rendered to us the official diagnosis: the battle we are up against is Acute Leukemia.
Two hours later that evening they transfered Mom to the Acute Leukemia unit at Vancouver General Hospital, where she is able to receive the premium in cancer care. Yesterday they ran a series of tests to establish a base line, and put in a hickman line which they will use to administer the chemo therapy, intravenous, and any blood transfusions she may require during her treatment.
Today we received the complete diagnosis. The name for Mom's cancer is: Acutelymphoblastic Leukemia. The nurse has said that one aspect of the Chemotherapy is that it will deplete Mom's white blood cell count, and once the white blood cells increase to a certain point she will be able to return home. This process is expected to take 10-20 days. After this she will be able to continue her treatment as an out patient. We are optimistic and trusting God that he is holding us all in his hands during this time.
Thank you for your concern and willingness to walk this road with us.
Should you wish to visit here are a few things that we ask you to keep in mind:
*Please do not come if you have any symptoms of a cold, flu, virus,or diarrhea. Even cold sores are prohibited on her ward. The reason for this is that all patients on her ward have very little immunity and exposure to any illness puts the entire ward at risk.
*The ward is also fragrance free.
*Visitors may be in her room two at a time only.
*There is a family and visitors lounge where you can wait should someone be there already.
*Flowers and potted plants are not allowed on her ward, but cards are always welcome.
*Please be sensitive to the fact that our Mom will be very tired during this process by being willing to keep your visits short if it is necessary.
Thank you for your consideration during this time. We feel very, very blessed. We have the best of Doctors, Mom has a gorgeous view of the mountains from her room, and all of our friends have been extremely supportive.