Monday, January 26, 2009

Day 3 of Recovery ANC 310

Good Morning,

Jesse and I had an interesting Sunday. It started out with her neighbor sniffing and coughing. Sounds much like a cold. Within an hour she was taken from the room to the 3rd floor with all the respiratory illnesses. I pray that her time in the room did not effect Jesse. After a patient leaves a room, the cleaning crew comes in a sanitizes the area. Well, the most convenient time happened to be 11:00pm, not much sleep for the next hour. Jesse also thought sleeping on the couch would be better than her bed. I agreed with the change, because the bed was really looking comfy to me after 3 months on the couch. Oh boy did Jesse get a deal. As much as we all whine about the coach, it is actually more comfortable than the bed. The bed feels like sleeping on a chunk of concrete. Clent will be off shopping today for a feather mattress to make Jesse's time more comfortable.

Well, we did find one interesting side effect from Cyterabine (chemo), Jesse has a beautiful tan. She is even darker than we she got back from Hawaii. I could just see the marketing on that product. "produces a beautiful tan" (side effects may include nausea, vomiting and hair loss).

Jesse has the throat and mouth sores again. They make it really hard for her to talk and swallow. They last about a week or more, so during that time any food or drink is out of the question. Jesse spent a good half hour in the bathroom last night with a nose bleed. With her lack of platelets (blood clotting), it just runs out of her. They ended up having to give her a transfusion to get the blood to clot. I think in a week, Jesse has to go through more trauma than a person may go through in a year!! Jesses's ANC has dropped to 310. The quicker she gets to 0, the quicker it can start the climb to 250. Well, thats it for today-Time for Jesse to do her school work. Thank you for taking time to travel this journey with us.

Love, Team Catron


Jill said...

I hope today goes well and I will continue to pray for Jesse and youe entire family.Jill

The Shea's said...

When I was in college, I was having a really hard time in Organic Chemistry. I had a friend tell me a quote that I've always remembered. I think it's by C.S. Lewis, but I'm not really sure. "A camel can fit through the eye of a needle, it's true. But imagine how it feels being pulled into one long bloody thread." Not the most uplifting quote, but the parallels with what you are going through are there. You will get through this, it's not pretty and it's not fun, it's extremely painful; but it will be done! I'm praying for you Jesse and Catron family!!

elliott/alterman said...

we all hope the anc count rises as quickly as can be expected and the upcoming stay at home can be as side-affect free as possible. there must be some kind of divine intervention in the southwest - hard to explain the cardinals otherwise. everyone sends their love...brian, amy, margaret, charlie, marty the dog, petey the cat (whos missing) and panda the hamster.

Calvary Chapel Surprise--Missions Ministry said...

Psalm 31
My life is consumed by anguish
and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.
But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, "You are my God."
How great is your goodness,
which you have stored up
for those who fear you,
which you bestow
in the sight of men
on those who take refuge in you.
Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the LORD.

Jesse and Family, we will continue to stand before our Lord and ask Him of you. May his blessings be poured out upon you and may all who have taken this journey with you see His glory and praise His name. Hold fast to His promises and keep strong in your faith. He is with you always.

Anonymous said...

Jes, It's the Baranski's. We all continually pray for you and your family. We are praying for giggles and sweet sleep for you tonight. We love you guys so--much!!!

Can't wait for you Shombri's new puppy "Hammer" he is such a cutie. He is English Bulldog and Pekinese. We'll send you a pic later. xoxoxoxo.....Keep your eyes on Jesus!!

Grandma and Grandpa said...

Hello Jesse Girl, I hope this has been a better day for you; that Dad found you a soft mattress and you can rest well; that the mouth and throat sores have dried up and gone away; your school work went well; and you had a nice, quiet, comfortable, boring day! So much trauma going on all of the time probably keeps the boredom away, but seems like it would really be nerve-wrackingly tiring. I ask God to insulate you from all of the noises and hubbub 24/7, but especially during the night hours, until you can get healing sleep. He has done it for me, He will do it for you: just thank Him for doing it.
Psalms 104:31 "The glory of the Lord shall endure forever: the Lord shall rejoice in His works."

Praying for all of you always, and thanking the Lord for you,
Grandma and Grandpa

It doesn't matter what your situation is, it doesn't change God's opinion of you.

Lisa said...

Jesse - my family and I check in on your EVERY DAY and say prayers for you. We don't often write . . . but please know we are supporting you in our hearts all the way - and the fact that your family has given us all this gift to share in your experience is beyond words - thank you! It inspires us through our own struggles and you all serve as the most wonderful examples.

Here is a cute little story - for a hopeful grin for you today:


This particular story just made me laugh. Every time I think about it,
the vision of that poor cat just amuses me to no end. Hope the story
leaves a bright spot in your day.

Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not come down.

The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and pulled it until the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten.

That's what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke.

The tree went 'boing!' and the kitten instantly sailed through the air - out of sight.

The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they'd seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten.

So he prayed, 'Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping,' and
went on about his business.

A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food.

This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, "Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?' She replied, 'You won't believe this,' and then told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing.

Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, 'Well, if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it.' She told the pastor, 'I watched my child go out in the yard, get on
her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her.'

Lesson learned: Never underestimate the Power of God and His unique sense of humor.

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