Blake’s entry to Heather’s blog

So last night I got called back to the hospital in the middle of the night in the driving snow storm because H’s blood pressure dropped and she had a slight fever and they were concerned about infection and they were moving her to another floor (huge shout out to Dr Agamah for answering a call in the middle of the night when I had questions).  In essence, the treatment for AML is to totally destroy the immune system.  Not fun at all, the risk of infection is high.  Here is my very scientific explanation:  Chemo is like Pacman  but a Pacman who doesn’t know the difference between the pellets (good stuff) and ghosts (leukemia).  Chemo Pacman just eats everything.  Sooooooo, it was a long night for all involved.  Thankfully she is stabilized today and was able to rest.  They have her on 5 or 6 different antibiotics as well as a plethora of other meds.  I cannot tell you how much the prayers, txts, and FB messages mean to her/us.  Thank you all.

On a side note, due to the chemo H has lost weight and looks like a prettier version of Kate Moss, whereas, we have tons of people bringing us yummy food at home – COMFORT FOOD – so I now, look like an uglier version of Burl Ives.  It’s not pretty.  I can’t see my toes.  Additionally, I have found that there is one thing on this earth that can touch the deepest darkest recesses of a burdened soul: Cereal.  Just mounds and mounds of sugary cereal.  Life, Count Chocula, FrankenBerry, Reeces PeanutButter, and the list goes on.  Again, Burl Ives.

Anyway, we are so grateful for the support of friends and family and for prayer ranging from NYC to LA and everything between As far a field as Moscow, there are people praying for us.  The power of the Fellowship is awesome to behold.  God is good.  His grace is amazing.  His Love overwhelming.  Good night all.

25 thoughts on “Blake’s entry to Heather’s blog

  1. Thank you for the update. She has been on on my mind this evening. Prayers continuing for God’s healing and protection!

  2. I don’t know if you get a reply this way, Blake, but in case, I want you to know that in Branson you have old friends (Starks and Wests) thinking of you and Heather and family, and praying for Heather’s healing and for many other needs such a trial brings to a family. We love you.

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  3. Ditto the thanks Blake! You and ALL of your family have been in my prayers, ongoing…btw Heather would make a more prettier anything and I like Burl Ives no matter how 🙂

  4. Thanks for the news. Got you guys on our hearts. Maybe I should already know this, but Penny asked which hospital.

  5. Your comparisons cracked me up! Thanks for keeping us updated Blake! Praying like crazy. Love you guys!
    And cereal cures all kinds of ails- I agree!

  6. Heather and I here in Joplin continue to pray. Our son Mark had a type of leukemia several years ago. He pulled through but had a close call one night during his treatments with infection. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. I’m sure all that sugary cereal has been seasoned with plenty of your prayers. Thanks for writing in your perspective of things, too. We are continuing to pray for Heather, you, and the kids. Much love to you both.

  8. Burl Ives! Son,you surely must be exaggerating in a Big Way!!! God keeps bring you guys to mind daytime, nighttime and lots of in between times. And I’m praying, praying, praying!!!!!!

  9. We love you guys so much. We are praying…our church, our leadership team, our Adult Small groups, our prayer email chain. Natalie and I have had the flu this last week…I am recovering and she is in the middle of it. Small potatoes to what Heather is going through, but we both want to visit if and when we can.

  10. Your strength is an amazing testimony to knowing our Lord Jesus Christ. Hugs and prayers continue for you all.

  11. Please know how much I appreciate yoh keeping us updated. I think about Heather a lot and your family. My family and I our still praying for you all asking in Jesus name for healing, strength,comfort and peace. Thanking God for what he has done thus far and the blessings and miracles yet to come.

  12. Thank you for the update. We will continue to pray that these painful times are short and give God the glory as she recovers. Please let us know if there’s anything else you all need.

  13. Praying that each day gets a little better now that this weekend is over. Hoping you can all rest and recover before the next round of chemo. Please let us know if we can do anything else besides lifting you all up in prayer daily. God the Great Physician is getting lots of input on Heather’s behalf!

  14. Just came by to peek in and say hello, we love you, and want to offer you Gods hope of better days ahead Heather!

  15. Heather, Don’t Give up! We stand in the gap crying out to Jesus for your healing!
    Lord Jesus, hear us now, show her, let her and her family know that you are there; please Lord we trust you are working in her life and claim your promise that you will never leave nor for sake her in this, her greatest time of need.
    Hearther, Blake; Know that we wait with you for
    Good reports to come soon.

  16. Blake, I’ve been praying so much for Heather, the children, you and her medical team since your Feb. 22 post. Has there been any change in her condition? My heart aches for all she is goinghrough. Thank you for your updates. Sheila Hohimer

  17. Now you’ve got me crying! So great to hear that the infection is gone and she is feeling a bit better. It is amazing to me how God can use any and all circumstances, albeit some really tough ones, to bring about emotional and spiritual healing. We serve a remarkable God!

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