Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What a Great Day!

Good Evening!
It's hard to write an update, when you're not in your room!!!

Yes, you read it correctly. Elena's isolation was lifted today about noon! Praise God! Once Elena got the green light to go, we were gone!

Elena had another good night. Once again, she remained fever free and no oxygen was needed. Morning came and so did the aggravation of being isolated. After we saw our regular round of doctors and nurses, a very irritated girl was transformed into a happy one. First the news of being allowed to order a REAL breakfast, followed by the news of being able to leave the room! Thank you Lord! It is amazing to witness prayer after prayer being answered! The doctors are encouraged by Elena's progress. We are too!
What a difference 48 hours makes!

As of this evening, Elena is down to one antibiotic and is no longer receiving any type of IV medications or IV nutrients. We have played putt-putt outside, made a craft in the kid's area, watched a clown show, bought Olivia a little something from the gift shop, looked at the large aquarium in the lobby, and photographed fish in the koi pond outside. Wow!

Another praise is the news that we may go home tomorrow!! They want to see how Elena's counts are and check her potassium. The last set of labs showed almost all counts on the rise (still well below normal, but going in the right direction). The exception was her platelets. They went down from 16 to 11. Please pray for platelets and potassium levels to make great gains as she sleeps tonight! Labs will be drawn about 1am. We are also fortunate to have another favorite nurse back tonight to care for Elena.
The plan is to see what Elena's counts do tonight and depending on what they are, give her chemo in the morning. One type in her port and the PEG shots in her legs. This is the treatment she was supposed to receive last Wednesday.

Please pray that everything that needs to happen to go home will happen.

Thank you for being with us for the ups and downs of this past week.
Thank you for always praying!

In Him,
The Tates

"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. The prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise (her) up. …The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."
James 5:13, 15, 16


  1. We went hiking yesterday, and Elena and the Amazing Tates were in our prayers. As I watched the waterfall on the rock and wear away the hard stone, I immediately thought of how the prayers have defeated Elena's infection. Praise the Lord.

    Psalm 119:116-117
    116 Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.
    117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered;
    I will always have regard for your decrees.

    Still praying and rejoicing,
    The Dravi

  2. What a blessing to hear all these praises!!! So excited that Elena was able to leave the room and get some fresh air - I know she was thrilled about that. We're praying for positive results from the 1am counts and that dr.'s are confident sending Elena home!

    PS - tell Elena we've got her sand from the beach that she requested :)

    we love yall! - Cori & Phil

  3. Great, great news! Hope you are home soon :)