Visit Rebekah's Page to get updates, read messages and send messages to Rebekah and her family through comments. This is a public "diary" of a family whose little girl started a battle with inoperable cancer in April 2005. In December 2007 our house burned down. And in September 2009 Mommy was diagnosed with a terminal disease (a genetic form of ALS) that took her to Heaven in July, 2011, leaving Daddy and two young girls to make it on their own. Over several years of ups and downs, you will get into our hearts, minds and souls as we share joys and sorrows. It can sometimes be very difficult to read. We hope it is also uplifting. Please find joy in what you read here.
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Friday, December 23, 2005



Counts are Up, Antibiotics Given

Rebekah's counts were up today. Her White Blood Count was into the normal range. From Critical on Wednesday to Normal today - thanks to the daily shots. That means that she doesn't need any more shots for this round and she now has some ability to fight infection. She still shouldn't be around sick people, but she doesn't have to be isolated. As long as the girls are doing ok, we should be able to make the Christmas celebrations.

Also, with Rebekah's White Blood Count up, she now has some ability to heal her bottom on her own. Her rash is doing better, but still has a ways to go. Her stools are more normal now and she is doing a good job of telling me when she needs a change.

She continues to throw up periodically. She's been coughing, sneezing with lots of snot, and complaining of owies. She does seem to have quite a bit of energy.

While at clinic, we checked to see if we could get her antibiotic today. Wednesday, Day Treatment was too busy to do it, but today they were able to. So we stayed for the extra two hours to get it done. She needs it once a month (somewhere between 3 and 5 weeks) so I didn't want to put it off too long.

While in Day Treatment getting her antibiotic, she was indicating that she was hungry. So, I gave her some bolus food. I didn't give her much (about 1/4 cup) and she started throwing up. Uugh! All over her and her blanket and everything. What a mess! Time to change her shirt and get a warm hospital blanket. After that, she did take a nap, which was nice. She probably needed it.

Grandma M watched Sarah while Mommy and Rebekah went into clinic and Daddy got a lot of work done. She and Sarah worked on sorting through the girls toys. I don't know how much fun it was for Sarah, but she didn't seem to mind it.

Friends Crissy and Josh and their little one Jessika stopped by and brought some Christmas presents for the girls. Jessika is just about Sarah's age. That was very thoughtful and generous of them and we appreciate it. There are quite a few presents under the tree and most of them are from the generosity of others, for which we are very thankful.

Merry Christmas to everyone. We have so much to be thankful for. God loves us and sent his son for us. May you all have a wonderful Christmas full of love and family.

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At Friday, December 23, 2005 11:24:00 PM, Blogger Eva Left a thought...

Merry Christmas!

 
At Friday, December 23, 2005 11:34:00 PM, Anonymous Toni Left a thought...

Merry Christmas to you all. I pray God helps to keep Rebekah's body to be strong enough to fight everything and hit a plateau of good health and happiness! I hope God sends you lots of love, good times with family.. and of corse that Santa brings you all what you want this yr :)

 
At Saturday, December 24, 2005 3:49:00 AM, Blogger Alison Left a thought...

May the four of you enjoy a blessed christmas all together.

 
At Saturday, December 24, 2005 7:36:00 AM, Blogger JodiTucker Left a thought...

Yes, Merry Christmas to all our OR family!......with the amazement, joy, wonder, and beauty of Luke, Chapter 2 in mind. Thank God he loves that much. Also, continuing to pray for that full recovery for dear Rebekah (and sleep for all----especially Frances!. He is born, died, and risen indeed!!

 
At Saturday, December 24, 2005 12:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

MERRY CHRISTmass you all
praying for a very blessed day 4 all of you
huggs :)
janice

 
At Saturday, December 24, 2005 11:51:00 PM, Blogger Jo Left a thought...

My hearty Christmas wishes to Rebekah... and to you all.

 
At Sunday, December 25, 2005 1:08:00 AM, Blogger Lora Left a thought...

I am so thrilled that Rebekah's counts are up and that she is able to do some healing on her own, that is so wonderful. What a great blessing that you all will have Christmas together at home. I will continue to pray for Rebekah and for all of you each and every day. Rebekah is always in my thoughts and has a special place in my heart as do all of you. You are all so so deserving of happiness and excellent health and that is what I shall pray for. I thank you for all your support and prayers through my challenging times. It warms my heart to know that you care.
Much love & big big hugs from me and Griffin. God be with you and have a very Merry Christmas!

 

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