Saturday, October 6, 2012

We're on the Move

Mireya had a great week!  She's feeling good, looking good and her counts are great.  We had our first series of PAL testing in school and she did amazingly.  We're really pleased to have a full week of great labs.  Next week we'll determine where we are with chimerism.  The days are ticking away to Day 100.  We're definitely looking forward to maneuvering out of isolation.  We're on the move in the right direction. Thank you Lord for the increase in Reya's counts and for continuing to strengthen her body.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Round & Round

The world of counts, labs, cells and test is ever evolving. Mireya's counts have been good, her chimerism ratios are getting tricky, but we're still believing and trusting God.  It was noted in our last appointment that Mireya's skin 'appeared' to be dry and her lips seem to be in a revolving state of chapped and cracked.  I've seen cases of both chronic and acute GVHD and the natural instinct is to saturate the skin in every moisturizing and protective lotion and potion available, but the dryness and chapping associated with GVHD is not remedied by simply applying lotions or cremes. Fortunately, there's a low percentage of GVHD in sibling donor cases, but these occurrences have our Medical Team concerned about Graft vs. Host Disease.  We are continuing to confess the word over Mireya's body and against GVHD.  We know that dry skin and cracked/chapped lips are also common side affects of chemotherapy.  It's definitely something to keep an eye on and it remains on the top of our prayer list. We're thankful Mireya's counts are increasing and holding steady.  We choose to place our focus on the positive progress. Everything that concerns us, concerns God and he's working it out despite how it 'appears' or the 'implied' negative that rolls across the radar.