Infectious disease doctors stopped by today, the rashes along her face, foot, leg, and back are looking darker, which means they are beginning to heal. The sooner she can clear the shingles the better...obviously, but then her immune system can focus on the CMV. Currently her forces are split between two major viruses, she needs to win first one battle to be able to successfully win the next. So anyway, the infectious disease doctors were happy enough with her improvements. By next week we should know how well the CMV is responding to treatment.
My Sweet Grandma Duncan passed away this past week. We will miss her. I was blessed to live so close to her and would visit with her as often as I could. I have learned so much from her over the years. She is someone I wish to become. Even her last words to me were..."How is Alice?" I know she will watch over Alice...she worried about her just as I do.
|Grandma Duncan and I...this picture was taken at my Grandpa's funeral just a handful of months ago.|
|Jake and Tami visiting from Huston, Josh visiting from Hawaii.|
We've had some visits from our far away family, who have come into town for Grandma's funeral.
|Little Evie, picking out a few of Alice's things...hoping maybe she can get out the door without Alice noticing.|
|A lovely visit from Grandma Schellenberg...all the way from Spain.|
|And of course Cooper....we love Cooper visits. He knows how to cheer Alice up in a hurry.|
Alice will start receiving neupogen daily. The gangcyclovir that she is receiving to fight the CMV has a side effect of knocking down her counts. Her counts should recover when she no longer needs gangcyclovir.
Each of the nurses have been asking Alice if Santa knows that she is in the hospital. Without hesitation, she nods YES. I do believe Santa is very aware that she is here. I told her that Santa always goes to the children in the hospital first.
Today the doctors came in to deliver some good news. Her CMV level dropped to 4.2 from 4.4, this is excellent news...because it could mean that she is responding to some of the treatment and we are heading in the right direction. I was so happy to hear this. Honestly, this is the best Christmas surprise I could have asked for.
It seems as though she still has some new shingles (spots/bumps) appearing around her body. We keep thinking that the shingles should be on it's way out, but not quite yet...although, the pain seems to be slightly less. The morphine continous pump was reduced from .5 to .2 with the ability to add an additional dose of .5 when needed. I almost feel like her nausea has improved with less morphine, however, we still have to push for the additional help when her pain flares up. Eventually we can drop the continous.
Alice needed blood today, her hemoglobin wasn't quite low enough but because tomorrow is Christmas they decided to give it to her today.
|Having a very sleepy day|
|Little Everett, sweetest boy ever! Paige and Everett are Joe and Amy's children.|
|This darling note came with the LDS representative when he delivered The Friend Magazine. I agree, we hope for Valentines Day we are home. :)|