For those of you that know me well you know that I am very task oriented. Anything can be fixed. If Plan A doesn't get it done I go to Plan B and so forth. I'm the "if there is a will there is a way" type person. When I first got this diagnosis I had it set in my mind we were taking her to MD Anderson in Houston. We do have an appointment there on June 12. Time will tell if we go or not. I get the impression that God has a different plan than I have so I'm getting His message and proceeding at Children's in Birmingham for now. After we started getting test results we sent those to Houston expecting to be told to come there right away. But after you are told that the doctors are going to be at a conference and then Houston is under water you get the idea that God is answering your prayer for clarity and this is going to happen His way.
This week we had appointments or procedures every day, Tuesday - Friday. Wednesday we talked with the oncologist and learned of the chemo and radiation plan. It is a 54 week plan. We start Monday getting chemo and go Monday thru Friday this week for Elaine to get her chemo treatment. We won't go everyday each week. It varies from week to week. The oncologist discussed with us the 6 different drugs that will be used to heal Elaine and cure her cancer. He also explained the possible side effects which will be tough. Thursday Elaine had a sentinel lymph node biopsy at UAB. On Friday Elaine had a bone marrow biopsy and got her port placed. She has been a trooper throughout all of this. All of the nurses and doctors comment on how sweet Elaine is and she even thanks me and Brent each time we do something for her whether it is covering her up or getting her something from upstairs. Please pray that we receive good news from these tests. We should get the results next week.
So we start chemo on Monday and continue with the plan for 6 weeks and then do all of these tests all over again to see how the cancer is responding. If the response to the chemo is positive then we continue on this course.
We are all overwhelmed at the response we have received from friends and family. Your prayers are being felt and we really appreciate all of the comments and encouragement. Nurses and doctors have prayed with us. Elaine has come back from procedures saying that doctors and nurses have prayed with her. The care that the nurses and doctors have given has been very good. Thank you to all of you who have reached out this week through calls, texts, FaceBook and CaringBridge. Thank you to Jan, Nathan and Katie Grace Walton for bringing dinner to us this week. Jan also set up a site for people who want to help with a meal to be able to sign up to do so. This makes it convenient for everyone to know what days are covered and what people are bringing. Thank you Jan for blessing us with setting that up for us.
Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12