ROUND 1 IS DONE
Hey everyone, we are happy and relieved to say that Cora has finished her first round of chemo. She got done around 5:30 this morning. We hope and pray now that it is doing its job and killing the cancer. The doctors seem to be pleased with how her body tolerated it, and that her blood levels did not get too out of line. This being said, it did really wipe her out. She has slept most of the day, and is not really interested in much else. They say we will be in ICU until Cora can breathe on her own, and everything else is stabilized. As far as a time frame goes they say it is different for everyone. So once again we are being taught patience. This has been one of the hardest parts for me (dad) as it seems that we have to sit around and wait on results, tests and doctors all of the time.
This morning we were woken abruptly again to learn that Cora's incission was seeping. We were afraid that she was going to have to go back into surgery to fix it once more, but the doctors decided to wait it out for a while since they could feel that it was healing properly. We were fine with that, and I am sure Cora was also. Since that has happened, a lot of presure was relieved from her abdominal area, and she is much more comfortable. Since the chemo ended they have been feeding her throught her IV. She is not at all interested in other food, and it is critical now that she gets enough calories and other nutrients to heal properly.
This is a picture of everything that Cora is hooked up to. At certain times throughout the day she is getting 5 different things pumped into her body at once. And to think we were concerened when she was on an antibiotic and tylenol for an ear infection before all of this started. My how things change.
This is one of Coras night nurses. They have all been wonderful, and have taken such good care of her
This was taken tonight, and I think it pretty much sums up her day. "I'm exhausted, please leave me alone."
We want to thank you all so much for your prayers and support, it means so much to us. Please continue to lift us up whenever it crosses your mind. We are a long way from the end of this journey, and are already feeling quite exhausted. Jessica is not feeling well, and is not sleeping very good either. So please pray especially for her health and strength in the coming days. Here are a few other things that you can pray for.
-That Cora made it through the first chemo treatment safely
-That she is resting and is more comfortable now
-That the swelling in her body has mostly gone down
-For all of the support that we have had from family and friends
-That God would heal our little Cora
-That she would get back to breathing on her own soon
-For wisdom for the doctors as they continue to make decions about Cora's treatment
-For strength as we face each new day and challenge
-That the test results would show it to be the "better" type of cancer