Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Feb 14, 2006
Today was indeed a happy valentine's day! Erica recovered marvelously from a hard day yesterday by showing her smile all day long. Her white blood cell count has PLUMMETED from a whopping 750K to now... drum roll please.......................... 2.22K! We need to get it down to zero as every white blood cell is Leukemic at the moment and then rebuild all the healthy white blood cells.
Erica finally gained a bit of an appetite today and managed to eat much more than every other day. Although she is still dropping weight, no one seem worried & the nutritionist gave her the delightful task of finally counting calories in the opposite direction. :) SuperSize Erica!
After a shower, I blow dried her hair, curled it, and took pictures. She has said that until it falls out, she wants to do something unique to it each day! Tomorrow we are streaking in random wash-out colors and I think some of her wigs may channel a little Sidney Bristow! Yes, it's scary, but her attitude is beyond fantastic. Ultimately, we are envisioning a little pixie cut and we'll go from there...
This afternoon was difficult as the Spinal Tap turned into quite the procedure. After giving up, the doctor was encouraged by Erica to try one last time to complete his task. Viola! The last attempt was successful, but it turned into a painful afternoon. I tell you, her determination is out of this world.... The doctor is VERY kind, constantly apologizing for hurting her, and has assured us that he'll offer alternatives to avoid an event like today as this is must happen twice a week. However, in true Erica fashion, by the evening she was happy and we watched Arrested Development Season 2!
I pray tomorrow is a great day since we have so much planned to try to make it a GOOD day: a wheelchair ride to get out of her room, hair care, a ZERO leukemia cells party, and a night of ordering in Thai food! Granted she may end up sleeping the entire day away, but that's good too! I'll be happy either way.
I'm still working on pictures as I think you will all be so relieved once you see how beautiful she still is---some things never change. We are fighting like mad and I believe we are winning! Thank you to everyone who plans on coming out to visit, but as each day goes on, she is getting a bit weaker and weaker. Please know that this is a process that will continue for many months and your visits any time during these next few months/years are welcome---so don't worry if you need to come later. Now is tough anyhow with her needing lots of rest...
My last thought for the night is a special request direct from her doctor: many people have offered to help in any way and now I am requesting it. Please go to your local hospital or RedCross or anywhere they offer the services to try to donate bone marrow. Don't worry!! The procedure has changed and it is as simple as giving blood! No more surgery-type biopsy. Your information will go on a nationwide registery and once it is needed, you will be contacted. One of you may help Erica as I may not match her bone marrow. Pray I do, but perhaps one of you will? Please get on the registery! :)
p.s. SHOUT OUT to Bess Oaken today for donating platelets & PROPS to Jamie Murphy for trying... maybe your blood level will be high enough tomorrow, Sweetie! :)
posted by Erica at 11:49 PM