This afternoon, another wave came and knocked us down.
Dr. Lew called with the results of Elena's bone marrow test.
Her bone marrow still shows residual disease. There are still detectable leukemia cells present. This test showed .4% MRD - an increase from the April 18th bone marrow test that showed .1% MRD. There is a margin of error with the test and Elena has received more chemo since then, so she will have another bone marrow test next Thursday.
Even Dr. Lew said that this was disappointing, but we still have options. He is working to identify those options so that we have a clear picture of what lies ahead.
While we are tired and weary from yet another crashing wave, we are so very fortunate to be able to go out of town this weekend. Family friends are loaning us their condo in Gulf Shores. We will be leaving tomorrow and returning on Monday. The beach has always been a safe sanctuary for us. We are grateful to have this blessing at this moment.
Please join us in praying for:
-God to direct Elena's doctors as they try to determine what our next steps are
-God to give us and the doctors His perfect wisdom about what is right for Elena
-God to give us the strength, courage, and hope we need
-us to have peace and patience in the waiting
-Elena to be protected from any infections and fevers while we are out of town
-Elena's mouth and throat sores to quickly and completely go away
-God to continue to be in the details of our lives and in His plan for Elena
-us to enjoy the right now and not miss it because we are thinking ahead to what might be
“Surely I am with you always.” Matthew 28:20