Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hannah Update

This whole thing breaks my heart, but at the same time is so encouraging! I wanted to post the latest update that I received this morning. Please pray continuously for the amazing family!

I'm sure most of you know that we were scheduled to be at Children's this morning for an MRI; however, the day has not turned out exactly as
planned. I went into Hannah's room at 2:30 this morning as I always do to give her her steroids and she was fine, but then she called me back in about 3:00. When I went in, I discovered that she was bleeding heavily from her mouth and nose, and had been for awhile. We considered calling an ambulance, but then it started to slow a little, so we threw on some clothes and loaded her up. We called a neighbor to come over and stay with Bethany
while she slept...we didn't want to wake her up because it was not a pretty
scene. Bethany is here with us now, thanks to her Uncle Wes, who brought her to Little Rock later this morning.

We got Children's about 4:30 and got into the ER. Fortunately, it was not
very busy at that time of the morning. They did bloodwork right away, and
her platelets were quite low. Platelets are the clotting mechanism in your blood so when your platelets are low, you bleed freely. We were still able to do the MRI (just the brain, not the spine) although she had to have some breaks. We are now up in the Hematology/Oncology clinic getting our second unit of platelets. She is still having some bleeding, but hopefully the platelets will help with that. She is stable right now and resting fairly comfortably, although her blood pressure is staying pretty high.

We were able to visit with an oncologist this afternoon about the MRI
results (not our regular oncologist, but one we've seen frequently). She
shared with us that the results indicated that the cancer has spread to
various points throughout her brain, and there is hydrocephalus (swelling) present. The hydrocephalus is particularly dangerous, because it can cause the brain to compress down into the brainstem, which is the area that controls blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. We will stay here overnight tonight, and tomorrow we will have to make some decisions regarding hospice care. Please pray that we will have the wisdom to make the right decisions for Hannah and for our family. The doctor told us that without miraculous intervention, her time on earth could be very short.
Of course, we are deeply saddened by this news, but at the same time, we are filled with the peace that only God can give. He has been faithful to us through every step of this almost year-long journey, and we know He will be faithful to see us through.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus*. *Phil. 4:7*

God is good, all the time!
Jill & Brad

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