Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday Update From Maisha...

Hi everyone! I just spoke with my mom and she said that my dad is feeling much better this morning after he got all of the transfusions. I think I mentioned before, but my dad's on Oahu and had IV antibiotics and blood transfusions yesterday.

My dad is battling allergic reactions though (he experienced that before) where he gets all puffy and one of his eyes was swollen shut last night. It's from the antibiotics and may also be from the blood transfusions. He's doing a bit better with that this morning though.

His blood pressure was dangerously low last night and they almost took him to ICU, but that's better as well. My guess is that it was because his red blood cells were so low, and once the transfusion started working and his body got used to it, he was doing better...but I'm not sure.

My dad is still thinking about starting on mylotarg (I spelled it wrong before) after he's feeling a little better...but he also wants to be home on Maui for Christmas.

Thanks sooo much for your love and prayers!!
Maisha

**as of 5:00pm*
Not great news--I just got off the phone with my dad...what he told me is that the cancer cells in his blood have increased from around 65% or so to about 75% in one day. This is not a good sign. The cancer cells are spreading VERY fast. According to the drs...if he were just to go home and get transfusions...he might make it to Christmas. They decided they don't want him to do mylotarg but do a newer different type of chemo (sorry I don't know more details about that). It's very intense...but if he makes it through, he could have more time. So, once he is a little more healthy, they are planning on starting that treatment (maybe in a couple days, I'm not sure). This is not an easy decision for my dad, and this is not an easy time for my entire family...so I hope that all of you will try to respect this decision. It is hard to make these kind of calls, you know what I mean if you've ever had to make them. That being said, what we need is prayer!!!! and we sooo appreciate it!!! thank you!

Love,
Maisha

9 comments:

girleymom said...

Kit,
Our love and prayers are with you and your family. We are praying for a miracle. God bless you all.

Tamara and Robert Auster

Mele said...

Praying for you all.

We love you,

The Stricklands

michael, ciara and mikaela said...

Oh, we are praying so hard! We LOVE you all so much! Pleading with our Lord for you.

great big hugs, love & kisses,
ciara, michael & mikaela

Anonymous said...

love to you kit
so much love
we are praying and you are in our thoughts continually
love to you shelly maisha mikey and shae too
the nichols family

Leslie Bettendorf said...

Please know that the staff and kids at Doris Todd Christian School are praying for you and your family!

Anonymous said...

HI Kit & Shelly,

May the love of God be over you so heavy like a warm blanket. thank you Kit for your message to the staff the other nite about loving one another. It reminded me of John. little children, love one another. that's you, abiding, loving, abiding, and loving some more.

the past few sunrises God has painted the sky so beautifully, such a majestic expression of His goodness and his glory. He is beautiful and so are you!

please receive a virtual footrub since it can't be given in person just now.

love nancy

Anonymous said...

Do what you need to do. Still praying hard for you guys!!!!! Love you all,

Andrea

lorensaved77 said...

Dearest Kit and Shelly

Praying so Hard for you all, Pleading night and day with our Lord...
We love you guys so very much!
John, Nancy, Jonathon, and Michelle

Anonymous said...

Kit,
we are all praying for you. I love you .God bless you.
Eric & Sheila