Sunday, August 12, 2012

Day + 18


Today we are celebrating big praises!

The steroids prescribed are doing their job! Praise God!
They have helped improve Elena's lung function and her skin rash.  Elena was able to sleep flat on her back and side without oxygen all night long!  Her rash is no longer "angry" - raised, red, and covering her entire body. Her skin is smooth and less angry. The steroids have also kept her fever free for over 24 hours! Praise the Lord!

An added bonus, Elena's white cell count went up from .24 to .42!! This big boost may be from the steroids, but that's ok, we'll take it.

We are so thankful that this most recent medical decision appears to be helping Elena's body heal. Please pray that Elena will continue to grow stronger each and every day, bringing her closer and closer to complete healing.

All of these huge improvements have brought some much needed joy and happiness to Room 3206.  Thought we'd catch that joy on film and share it with you.

 Ready to knock out today's laps

 Enjoying a much needed rest after walking

Elena has also started to try eating again
One bite of strawberry yogurt and two bites of orange sherbet was today's attempt 

Ending the day with another fav nurse - Audra!!
We love her!!

Thanks for continuing to pray!
Thanks for being there for every high and every low!

In Him,
The Tates

"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalm 118:24


  1. Seeing that smile on your face has brought me so much happines. Just at a moment when I needed it so very much. You are my hero. I love you so much.

  2. Go Elena! You rock. You are beautiful, strong and are such an inspiration. I pray for complete healing for you!!!

  3. You go sassy!! So glad to see that beautiful smile! Love the Taylors!

  4. Thanks for sharing the pictures of beautiful Elena! What a great smile. Happy for the relief the steroids have brought. As always,we are thinking and praying for all of you! Allie misses you ! With Love, The Szatmary family.

  5. So glad to hear the good news and see that beautiful smiling face! Love, hugs , and kisses:0)

  6. Happy to hear of good news and reasons to smile!!!! Continue to believe in yourself and His healing! We love u!

  7. GREAT news!
    What a wonderful way to start the week.
    The smile on Elena's face says it all...
    Love and prayers,
    The Mraz's

  8. Wonderful news! Elena - you look fantastic - that glowing smile -- hugs to all of you - so glad to hear that there has been some relief!! Love, The Slater's

  9. Fantastic news!! We are all rejoicing in your stregnth, courage and smiles :) Keep staying strong and know soo many many people are praying with and for you all!!
    Lots of love,
    The Fredlunds

  10. great pictures! so happy to see a smile on Elena's face :) Glad to see her trying to eat....and glad to hear about the numbers...praying every day is better than the previous one!!!

    love, kathryn and megan fitzgerald

  11. Looking good Elena! You are amazing vessel for God's glory to shine. Keep going, sister. We love you!!! The Dravis Fam :)

  12. Have been praying for you and glad to here this great news! Marilyn Pendleton

  13. So happy to hear that the steroids have given you some relief! I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you or any of your wonderful family, but I learned of you through my daughter, Audrey Peets, your former teacher. I have been keeping up with your progress. your ups and downs, and I love to hear of your good days. The bad days I don't love--but sometimes they must be endured. I have heard nothing but great things about you and I will continue to keep up with you and your family as you triumph over this obstacle!
    Praying for you, Angie Smith

  14. Elena, seeing you look so well brings a smile to my face. :o) It's so good to hear that the white blood cells are increasing so rapidly! I hope they continue to do their work and that you are feeling stronger every day. Keep that smile on, girl. Show them who is boss! :D Mrs. Heaton

  15. It's good to see you smiling. Keep doing your jobs! Praying for you.