Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hannah Update 1.7.09

Just a quick update...we're at Children's Hospital again today at the Hematology/Oncology Clinic for bloodwork. We had been told that Hannah would get platelets today since she didn't get them yesterday, but her platelet level was 63,000 today, so they have told us that she will not need an infusion after all. We will return on Friday for more bloodwork and a platelet infusion if needed. We have received several emails since yesterday from people who have asked about donating blood or platelets for Hannah. Children's Hospital does discourage people from donating for specific patients for a variety of reasons...mostly because there are so many people who need blood or blood products. If you are interested in donating in general, I happen to know that Geyer Springs Baptist Church in Little Rock is having a blood drive this Sunday, January 11th, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. We drive by that church every time we come to Little Rock, and I've seen the announcement on their sign. Apparently, donations tend to drop off around the holidays, and that may explain the shortage of blood products lately.

Hannah continues to have vision and balance problems. She is not able to see well enough to read with her double vision, and she has balance problems when walking. The location of the tumor also makes her want to sleep a lot, so takes several naps each day. We are hopeful that with the steroids and the chemo treatments, these problems will resolve themselves over time. Please pray for strength for her as she deals with these frustrations. She is just as sharp as ever cognitively, and we are so thankful for that.

God is good, all the time!

Jill & Brad

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