Wednesday, April 29, 2009

101...but, wait; but, wait...

Good news, bad news.
Good news, Maura crossed the 100 threshold and her platelet count chimed in at 101. Woo-hoo!
Bad news, no hospital admittance yet. Now, Dr. B. wants to have a CT-scan done within the next few days and an appointment with him on Monday before any further treatment.

Monday, April 27, 2009


Still not enough platelets! Today, the count was 94. Even Maura is now beginning to show signs of frustration. She returns to the hospital on Wednesday to see if the number reaches 100. C'mon 100!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Still waiting. What?

Yes, still waiting for those platelets to push past 100 so they have proof that things are working as needed. Poky, poky bone marrow.

Monday, April 20, 2009

And once more, no

Platelets are going down instead of up. Hospital admission and subsequent chemo treatments will be delayed some more. Not good. Sigh. Please pray that Maura's bone marrow can get it together and do its job. Anybody know any platelet-producing remedies?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nope, again

Maura's still does not have enough platelets to start chemo. She will probably not go back until Monday. Sigh. I don't like delays.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


After a few hours at the hospital this morning we were told that Maura doesn't have enough platelets for chemo to start. So, no, she will not be admitted today. Check back on Thursday. Well, at least we're already packed!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Year

Maura recovered pretty well from her hospital chemo and is due to be hospitalized again on Tuesday (for another week or so), if everything goes well with blood tests on Monday.

A year ago today we discovered that Maura had cancer and our lives changed--none more so than Maura's. Over the last few days, my inevitable reflection on the upcoming anniversary resembled the self-flagellation of some strangely devout people during this Passion Week as I inflicted myself with painful memories of the events of last April. Enough, already. Beginning today I focus on the good that has happened over the past twelve months. I'll make a list. Besides, tomorrow is Easter. Everything we believe and hope for boils down to this one event in history when Jesus Christ rose from the grave.

"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay"

"But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed."

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Maura has been home since yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Girl and puppy, together again. Despite a rocky start this morning, Maura felt well enough to tackle a gentle bike ride through the neighborhood this evening with mom.