Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Line is Coming Out!

We've been advised that Lucy's line will come out on Wednesday 2 February!! Hopefully it will just be a straightforward procedure, but it has to be done in theatre so it means another general anaesthetic and probably a bit of a bigger one. Please pray it would go as smoothly as the last general anaesthetic she had for the bone marrow biopsy and lumbar puncture.

I was quite disappointed that we didn't get to have the line out in the last week, as today the girls and I are going on holidays for a week with some friends to Fingal Bay. It would have been great to be able to take Lucy swimming, but we'll survive. Not long now! Please pray for safe travel and time at the beach etc. There will be 5 adults and 11 children staying together so it's sure to be a bit crazy, but hopefully crazy fun!

We're nearly nearly there with Lucy's treatment. Hopefully the leukaemia will NEVER ever come back - but we turn now to watching and waiting to see if it will. I had an awful dream last night that it came back straight away. Please pray that we'd trust God whatever the future holds, and that in His kindness he might spare Lucy (and us) from any further issues with leukaemia!

Thanks so much for your help and support which we've felt in so many ways.

PS Happy Birthday Mum!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Bone marrow biopsy and Lumbar puncture

Well we've had the final bone marrow biopsy and lumbar puncture and today the doctor advised that the results are good. Only 1% blasts (abnormal cells in the bloods/bone marrow) which is normal, so they are happy with that. Apparently we all have a few abnormal or immature cells floating around, so 1% is fine - the problem is only when they start multiplying and taking over.

The doctor will now write to the surgeons about having Lucy's central line removed, and hopefully this will happen in the next 2 weeks. Once that's out, we will move to monthly or 6 weekly visits. It's good to see that this part of the treatment will be over soon, but strangely anticlimactic. We turn now to watching to see whether the disease will return, which, although quite unlikely, is most likely to happen in the first 2 years. Can't think about that now though. Day at a time, and I suppose it will be one blood test at a time....

Will let you know when the line is to come out, thanks for your support.