Melinda has had a challenging time over the last few weeks and we understand many of you are concerned. So I, John, will update you as best I can on what has been going on.
In previous posts Melinda has let you know of the new chemo regimine and radiation that she was to receive. She began her chemo and radiation treatments the first week of January. All seemed to be going well until shortly after chemo. The side effects of chemo resulted in a trip to the ER. She was made comfortable then sent home with a pain and nausea management plan. Unfortunately, after a few days of coming back home we had to rush her back to the ER as the side effects and pain worsened.
They discovered that her blood counts were extremely low so she was admitted to ICU. She's received several units of blood and platelets to help stablize the situation. She has now been moved out of ICU to a standard room and appears to be stable. She will receive two more units of blood today, and will be able to return home once her counts are back up and she is able to tolerate pain with oral medication. The good news is that she is feeling much better and is looking forward to returning home.... possibly tomorrow.
Melinda and I would also like to reassure everyone that our spirits and overall outlook are extremely positive. The professional care and plan going forward are promising to us and we look forward to conquering this disease.
We would also like to share some of the wonderful things we have experienced recently as well! Rachel Rose continues to do well in school and is having great fun with her Martial Arts. She is a joy every day and helps to keep a smile on our faces continually. Caroline is excelling in school and enjoying her dance. Most notably, she just WON her school's "Spelling Bee". We are very proud of her... not only for her win, but how she conducted herself afterward. Once she knew she had won, she immediately turned to the runner-up and gave him a "thumbs up" and reassured him that he had a lot to be proud of since he was just a fourth grader.
So, we will continue with the battle and know that good things are ahead. We cannot thank all of our Friends and Family enough for all the support and prayers.