Sunday, January 22, 2012
Our Mean Faces
A Good Attempt To A Mean Face
First of all, we need to thank all those who participated in the American Fork blood drive. Tyler's sister said they had a great turn out. Honestly, the blood drives are huge in helping the girls and such an amazing way of literally giving a part of yourself.It got me thinking about possibly how many blood donations Natalie and Alice have used in the past years. I figured Natalie alone has required blood units from hundreds of people over the last 6 1/2 years.
During this transplant process alone, they require a lot of blood. When someone donates their blood they are giving red cells, platelets and plasma--all of which are very necessary during transplant. For several months to follow both Natalie and Alice will continue to receive transfusions.
Some of the infusions will include good antibodies known as IVIG which will help greatly in keeping them healthy. This is a product of the plasma.
Many people have suggested essential oils. Thanks Emily for the oils. We are excited to implement them into the healing process for Natalie and Alice...and the rest of the family :). Once the girls are off certain medicines that can poorly interact with the oils they will be able to benefit from the good nature of the oils, so thank you..thank you.
Okay, because again this is our journal...we wanted to include Matthew for his bravery in being the sticky glue for all of us. That was the responsibility he was given before this all began. We knew he was a very important person, and we gave him this assignment because we know it is his nature. He has been calling us often and checking in with us.
He has provided so much fun and comfort to the girls. Alice asks to Skype to Matthew everyday...Natalie can overcome any anxieties when Matthew talks her through things. He has been so amazing. On the other hand, Matthew has been really tough and strong to be away from Mom and Dad. He loves his family and this has been equally as hard on him as anyone. If not at home with us, his next favorite place is right where he has been at Grandma and Grandpa Schellenberg's house. We are so thankful he and Blair have had a wonderful place to be.
The movie below is just audio...just some of the many sweet messages Matthew has left me, I couldn't get myself to erase them until I preserved them.
Again, thank you to everyone for all the amazing help.