Thursday, June 5, 2008

Latest news

Robby got a call tonight at 7:15PM from his parents. The Doctors have confirmed Greg has B cell lymphoma. Greg has been diagnosed with B Cell Lymphoma. The Doctors have said they believe it’s low grade and that it’s treatable!

He’s having a heart scan performed Friday, June 6th to make sure it’s in good condition. Greg starts chemotherapy on Tuesday, June 10th, every three weeks for the next 6 months. Another huge praise is that he won't have to be admitted to undergo treatment! (thanks Katie for reminding me!)

Pray that the chemotherapy would be effective
Pray that attitudes stay positive and for their spirits to be up as they focus on God during this time
Pray that the Lord would bless Greg with excellent medical care and the Doctors will have wisdom
Pray that their hearts would draw great comfort in knowing God's love for them.

Thank you all for your continued prayers! We've appreciated all the emails, posts, comments and phone calls!

Not much to report!

Robby arrived home Wednesday afternoon! The kids and I are happy to see him :)

We are still waiting to hear back from Greg's doctors about his culture samples and what "for sure" he has. Once there's a firm diagnosis, treatment can be scheduled and he can be readmitted to the hospital. Once we know, I'll do another post. They said either tonight or tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Update. Greg is home :)

Hi everyone!
Robby's Dad is HOME!

The Doctors still aren't 100% sure what he has. Apparently, both these diagnoses' have specific signs and symptoms that Doctors look for and these signs just aren't present! Robby said tonight that the Doctors say it's most likely B Cell Lymphoma but the tell tale sign usually is swollen lymph nodes and he doesn't have that symptom. The CT Scan came back looking good so that's a praise :) The Doctors are going to run a few more tests to try and further filter down what Greg has.

Most likely, he'll be admitted to a different hospital for treatment, as early as Monday. The hospital where he was doesn't do chemo. Robby said he'll most likely need a round of chemotherapy every three weeks for the next few months.

His body still is not producing blood on it's own. The Doctors gave him two blood transfusions again today since his count began to drop. This should "hold him over" till he's re-admitted next week. The procedure usually is out patient but they'll keep him overnight the first time since it can be rough on your body.

Robby's said too that with chemo, his hair will fall out and there will be side effects. We're still so thankful that Dad is still living and can be treated for whatever this is! The Doctors still are very positive and say whatever this is, is very treatable!

My husband said he'll try and return home tomorrow sometime during the afternoon so please be praying for a safe drive! Bakersfield to Mission Viejo can take a few hours!

Thank you to all our friends and family who've been praying! Thank you too for being so willing to help out while Robby's been gone! I've enjoyed some great fellowship this week! My inbox every time I open my laptop is just flooded with support and prayers!

Please continue to pray for Dad as his body fights this and pray for a FIRM diagnosis since the Doctors still aren't sure!

Robby's Facebook page summed it up the other day. He wrote "Thanking God for another day." James 4:14 says "you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away." We don't know when our last day on earth might be. This really makes you wonder, what happens after I die? That's a good question! I'm glad you're thinking that! If you're wondering, please, please, call me, let's chat! There's a wonderful place called heaven that has it's doors ready to open up just for you and in heaven, there's no more death, pain or sorrow, only love. God sent His son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that we could live with Him one day. Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Again, an awesome site to read... and click on the "Umbrella Analogy" in the top right corner! It'll walk you through just a basic description on how to become a Christian today! We're not guaranteed a tomorrow!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Update! Good news :)

We'll know more tomorrow, they did a CT Scan tonight. The Doctors think that it's 1 of 2 things.

1) Hairy Cell Leukemia

2) Lymphoma

I got to talk to Robby for about 5 minutes. He said that if it's leukemia, (his symptoms are very much like Hairy Cell Leukemia) they can start treatment on Wednesday and can take as little at 5 days or as many as 14 days to treat. It's a form of cancer that's not "curable" but can be put into remission!

Lymphoma is some sort of tumor Robby said it they might need treat for 3 months.

Either case, this looks very very treatable and the Doctor sounded very positive! Robby's Dad and family are very happy! Praise God!

Robby said he'll probably come home Tuesday.

Thank you for your prayers!!!

No update test to be done today

Greg is having a CAT scan on his stomach and chest at 6:00PM tonight (Monday), no word yet on bone marrow test results! Please be praying :)