Today has been a positive day in more ways than one. It has been a day that we will learn from but one that we don't ever want to repeat. It is another day that we can put behind us as we look expectantly toward what lies ahead. In short, it was a day that we knew we had to go through in order to get to where we want to be. It may not have always been pleasant, but it was a step in the right direction.
Elena had a rough night battling mucositis and nausea. She has also dealt with these two issues all day, but has still managed to get all of her jobs done as well. We cannot begin to tell you what a tremendous accomplishment this is, but here is a little mental picture for those non-squeamish types out there All others may want to skip down to the next paragraph. We all know what it feels like to be nauseous to the point of vomiting, but imagine feeling that way while having what looks like the extract from the inside of an aloe vera plant coating your mouth and throat to the point of gagging you. On top of that, add in enough pain to where you need morphine to help cope and then go out for a nice little 1/3 of a mile stroll. It takes a lot out of Elena each day to get these things done, but once again, she knows how important all of this is to her recovery so she soldiers on. We are so proud of her!
Elena has also been battling fevers off and on all day. This, in addition to having little or no white blood cells or ANC has led us to ask that Elena not receive any visitors until further notice. This is the most critical time in her recovery and there will be plenty of opportunity to visit later. When talking to one of Elena's doctors he told us that she has a lower immune system right now than even "the boy in the bubble". Needless to say we got the point and only want what is best for Elena.
Please continue to pray for Elena's strength and stamina and spirit to hold out and continue to be enough to stack up more and more positive days!
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12