Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday News

Good Evening!
It has been a very good day here in Room 183.
Today, we were able to see one of the PAs we usually see at the clinic. She was very encouraging and able to answer all of our questions. We are all feeling much better about what has been happening and what lies ahead.

Bottom line: Elena's liver became irritated from a chemo drug she had been taking. It stopped working properly and fluid built up in her body. Elena will not finish taking that particular drug. She will return to chemo treatments when the doctors decide her body is ready.

The plan: Elena stopped taking one antibiotic today and will stop taking another one tomorrow. That leaves her taking two antibiotics. Tomorrow afternoon, Elena will be able to have clear liquids! Yea! You've never seen a child looking so forward to having chicken noodle soup broth and a popsicle! Elena is counting down the hours!

What needs to happen for us to go home? Elena needs to be able to sleep at night without oxygen, her counts need to show they are recovering, her liver needs to start working properly, her body needs to be able to tolerate food and liquids, and she needs to remain fever free.

Please join us in boldly praying that all of these things will happen quickly.
We're encouraged that if all of these things happen in a timely manner, we may be heading home by the end of this week. We also understand that there may be set backs.

Some highlights from the day: watching a bird out of the window as it pulled twigs off of a tree branch, making crafts with two of the CHOA volunteers and a surprise visit from professional golfer, Anthony Kim. Anthony came by the hospital after winning a golf tournament yesterday in sudden death and before going on to Augusta to practice for the Masters. He, along with other professional golfers, is involved with a foundation called Ian's Friends Foundation started by a local family whose son Ian was diagnosed with a brain tumor several years ago. Anthony spent time in the children's activity center helping kids learn to putt on a portable putting green. Elena was bummed that she couldn't leave her room to go putt, but had a great view of the action as her room is right across the hall from the center where she got some great pictures. Anthony heard that Elena was stuck in her room and he came over to visit. He autographed a golf ball for her and told her how brave she was for going through all that she is going through. They chatted for a few minutes about what kind of things Elena likes to do, posed together for a picture, he gave Elena a hug and then he went on to other rooms to visit all of the other kids who were not able to go out. Mr. Kim is a very genuine and caring young man who today made a difference in the lives of several young people, and a couple of not so young ones as well! :-) The world could use a few more people like him!

We appreciate all of the calls, posts and emails. Thank you for expressing your concern and love for all of us! Your prayers and support continue to carry us through this trial.

In Him,
The Tates

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."


  1. Praise God for progress and healing! Praying that the Lord continues to strengthen Elena and allows her to rest in her comfy bed at home soon! Love you guys! Can't wait for the Lord to continue to show His hand in each step of the way!
    'Do not fear, for I AM the Lord Your God'
    Love you all,
    Shan and Dave

  2. Very happy to read this email tonight and to know the problem has been found and that Elena will be able to heal in a timely manner. Thinking of you everyday......enjoy your soup and popsicle tomorrow, Elena. You deserve it :)
    Many prayers being sent your way.
    Take care,

  3. God is good all the time!

    Taking a break from the game to let you know we are still praying for complete healing, courage and strength. Phil 4:13

    In His grip,
    The Dravi

  4. Woke up praying for Elena and the Amazing Tates. As we see God reach down and touch Elena healing her body my new prayer for today is that the doctors and nurses will realize how God is working in your lives, and they will give glory to God for the healing.

    5When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6"Lord," he said, "my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering."
    7Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him."

    8The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."

    10When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, "I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 11I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

    13Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." And his servant was healed at that very hour.

    In His grip,
    The Dravi

  5. Christy and Mark -- God is GOOD all the time, and it is very exciting news to learn of the explanation for all that has been going on with Elena and to learn of the treatment plans! Praise God! John and I will be in prayer for Elena's continued healing and for her to get to enjoy all the special things about her room at home in the next few days! And Elena -- I wish I was going to be there with you to enjoy a popsicle this afternoon.
    Toni Kimbrough

  6. Yahoo!!! What a blessing that prayers are being felt and heard. We are so thankful to hear that Elena is doing better and making progress! We hope you enjoy every sip of the soup and yummy popsicle :) We love you and will keep checking on you to see how things are going! Way cool about meeting Mr. Kim. Phil is a lil' jealous :)

  7. Oh, Elena!! Your cousin Jason is going to be so jealous when I tell him who you met!! He would have been one happy "no so young" person to meet him too!! I'm excited to hear great news is coming and that Elena is feeling better and starting to see a light at the end of the long tunnel! We love ya'll!

  8. Hi Elena, I've been praying for you and your entire family and I am so happy to read that you are rebounding and feeling God's healing. I'm sure you are counting down to popsicle time. Tell them to bring you the whole box! I will always remember what your pony did while you were riding it at the Easter Egg Hunt. I thought those things only happened to me. Giddiup! In God's Love, Kathy Turner