Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Lisa has a new sister!

No Gail did not have another baby, but her baby Kyle got married on Sunday! Congrats Kyle and Audre. It was a nice wedding and Lisa looked so pretty as a bridesmaid! We are so glad that it all worked out. The doctors let her postpone her chemo treatment for a week so she could be in the wedding. After the ceremony they had some food and then the dancing started.Kyle and Gail did a mother/son dance with sun glasses on, I suspect to hide the "mother tears". Kyle did alot of funky dancing but I thought the sweetest was when Kyle asked Lisa for a slow dance!

The next day Lisa left for Doernbecher to start chemo. She really enjoyed the time off but it is really important to stay on track so that the chemo can do its job. They have decided to postpone the scan on hr lungs until the end of July. If they need to do anything about her lungs they won't do it until after chemo is over the first week of Sept. anyway. They will probably be up at the hospital for a few more days now, and when they do get to come home it will be such a short time because they have these treatments very close together.

Glad you got to enjoy the wedding day, Lisa.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hope for Lisa Team

message from Lisa, Today!

Hi , I am feeling pretty great . Last night we were at the Relay for Cancer Survivors my cousin's Jamie Bennett and Jessie Donath walked for the cause they were on the Capital Manor team , I want to thank you so much it meant alot to me . Also I want to thankChris and his wife Sabrnia and Josh my hero for walking for the cause as well . Today I went to my future sister in law's bridal shower it was alot of fun . I can not wait to have Audre as my sister she is so beautiful . Thank you everyone for all of the prayers and support it means alot when I am in the hosptial and at home and I read the messages . Happy Father's Day Daddy I love you Lisa

Thursday, June 18, 2009

message from Gail- yesterday

Hello everyone , The last three days has been so hard on Lisa's body but we are happy to be home again we left late last night and was home around 10 but was back up there this morning for more tests . Lisa's body has gotten 3 units of blood and 3 units of platelets and some powerful drugs for her infection . All of the tests came back negative for infection which we were so thankful for , and the removal of the balloon Tuesday afternoon . Today they are trying to figure out why Lisa's platelets are dropping again but are hopeful that with todays platelets and the new blood it will start rising we have another appt Friday for more blood work . The HUGE balloon We had 4 Doctors in the room for the proceedure 3 of the Doctors said WOW unblievable and the 4th one ( she is the one that removed the balloon ) said that Lisa should of never had that up her nose it was tooooooo big . That balloon was 4 inches long . The Doctors could not understand why she had no drugs when that balloon went up her nose , But all said Lisa you are such a strong and brave girl. Today while we were up at Doernbechers we stopped by and saw Randy who is doing pretty good but told us that Ian passed away last night . When we left the hospital I asked Lisa how she was feeling she looked at me and said she was sad for Ian's parents but know Ian is in no more pain and will be seeing him again in heaven . HOPE is what we have !

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sorry about the last post getting cut off yesterday. I think I have fixed it so it is totally readable. I understand Lisa is still having a hard time today. She is still up at the hospital and is having problems with her nose bleeding still. They have scheduled Lisa to receive platelets ( which will help her blood to clot at a normal rate) at 2:00 am. Lisa continues to fight a fever and they suspect an infection somewhere, but have not quite figured out where yet. They are also talking about needing to do a skin graft on her shoulder because she is having problems with the skin splitting.
So as you can see there are several things that you can pray about for Lisa . I will try to keep a little more current on the blog while Lisa is at the hospital. (I have been in Calf. for my daughters surgery). I am still thinking about you Lisa and pray for you often. Keep strong, you can get past this.
Thrusday June 11th Our day started with my Dad ( Lisa's Grandpa ) 81st birthday . We found out that Dusty and Darci are going to have a BOY . Lisa cried she was so happy for them . Lisa's graduation .... Lisa is now a 8 th grade graduate ! It was a amazing night and a tearful one . Lisa looked beautiful !!! I will put some pictures of this event on this blog soon . Lisa wore this pretty dress and decided to go " as her self " no wig . When they announced Lisa's name they gave Lisa a standing 4 minute ovation . Lisa was so grateful that she cried and said later that she could not believe that her class mates & everyone in the gym did that for her and in that moment she felt so grateful and so much love by everyone in the gym. TODAY Saturday Lisa started the day with a nose bleed which happens quite often . But then 2 hrs later the BIG ONE came . I called Doernbecker after 15 minutes and they had me ice her nose and pinch her nose in a different spot for 20 minutes and call back. 5 minutes into it blood started gushing out of her mouth so I called the Dr and he said get down to Salem Hospital . Everyone that would come in Lisa's room she would ask them if they knew Randy and then she would tell them about him. It was so important to her to find out if anyone at this hospital has ever heard of him or knew him . The Dr tried cotterizing which did not work and packed it which was extremely painful for Lisa. The Dr said this is a very painful proceedure and was very proud of Lisa for letting him do it with no drugs she is amazing . after all of that ..the IV nurse came in and tried to access her port after 2 tries I asked the nurse stop and get another IV nurse so they brought another nurse in I asked her if she has worked with ports she said " all the time " well 3rd try failed by now blood is in her port and Lisa is VERY BRUISED but they have to flush her or the port would be ruined . The IV nurse looked at me and tears running down my face and Gordon standing helpless and Lisa is crying the nurse said please let me try again I looked at Lisa and she said God please help me and the nurse got it in . Lisa said Thank you God .They were able to flush the port and take 3 viles of blood and start giving her pain meds and IV quickly . within an hour the tests came back that her platelets her low so she got one unit of platelets . They also did a culture of her red sores on her leg they do not seem to be getting better since she started augmentin last Wednesday the Dr wanted to make sure that she does not have another infection ( staff ) so we will find out the results in a couple of days . Lisa is still very weak and tired but we are so thankful we are home .

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lisa Graduates! (middle school, that is)

Greetings ,Lisa is doing so good since coming home late Friday night . She is still a little weak from the chemo but she has her beautiful smile on her face. Lisa is so happy that her Grandma Verdie is home . Lisa smiles and says Grandma and I have beautiful bald heads .We are heading up to Portland on Wednesday for blood counts and to check in with Randy who is getting chemo treatment .Lisa is graduating from the 8th grade this Thursday everyone is welcome to come for this wonderful celebration @ 6 pm West Salem please call us at home if would like for us to save you a seat.Thank you all for all of the encouraging cards and emails and prayers .Lisa , Gordon and Gail
Volcanoes Game Tickets

-Thursday, July 16th Volcanoes game
-$14 tickets being sold for $10 at Bumbles Boutique and Copy Cats both in West Salem

Ticket holders will get a baseball
Randy and Lisa will get a jersey and throw the first pitches.
Please buy your tickets soon to support their cancer funds!!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Lisa and her volleyball buddies.

Message from Gail

We are now starting chemo. We almost did not get in today because of a full hospital but one child was able to go home late this afternoon so we got his room thank goodness . Lisa has a HUGE smile on her face that just will not wipe off we are happy to say that this is the very last time that Lisa will have this BAD chemo called cisplatin . This is the chemo that gives real bad mouth sores , makes her real sick, aches and pains ,and usually so low on counts that she has to get some blood. Lisa is excited to be finally done with this one on Friday We only have 13 weeks left of chemo ! Lisa was telling me today that her purpose up here at this hospital is that she wants people to see God shine through her . Lisa is true Angel up here always praying for chemo buddies and trying to have a postitive additude .
She has HOPE !