Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Progress ...beyond bachelorette

How enlightening it has been to watch the comments pile up regarding bachelorette! What a great experience this has been for me to "enjoy" the drama of going on a date with four guys at a time. Not my idea of fun, but it has indeed been a learning experience. money is on Roberto!

OK now if I can get to the important stuff! Rachel has had a very good day ...both yesterday and today. Her stomach has been feeling better indicating the inflammation in her bowel has been going down and to confirm this she had another ultrasound today and they told us the inflammation is still there but it has gone down! As Rachel would say...woot! Woot!

The doctors advanced her to clear liquids today which now includes broths, jello, Popsicles, juices, etc. She had some chicken broth, Gatorade, Popsicle, quite a bit of water and is still feeling good about it and talking about much more interesting food for tomorrow! Her blood labs came back today as well with little blips in increasing bands and monocytes. Basically what this means is they think we are starting to see some increases in her white blood cells which will allow her to go home soon. Some of the doctors were even hinting at sometime this weekend. Not too sure what that will exactly mean but we are optimistic! We hate to get too excited even though things are looking so good because we know that even after getting to come home there is still significant risk for infection, fever, and other ailments that we are still going to have to watch very closely...this time without the help of such great nurses and doctors as we have had while here at Primary Childrens. Still something to celebrate!!! We also know that after coming home and getting to feel more like normal it will end, probably a week to ten days at home then back here to Primarys to start round two of chemo and the ups and downs associated with that. We just hope we are all better prepared for round two, three, etc.



  1. Hooray for popsicles and other clear liquids! That is great news! Ethan would be jealous...he LOVES popsicles and calls them Pop-pops. :) We are still praying for you every day, Rachel. And we wear our orange arm bands and think of you. Christian loves his and wears it around his bicep. He is always misplacing it and asking, "Where is my wristband?" Know that we are thinking of you always!

  2. Such great news - about the increase in flavors for Rachel and also the optimism about the blood count. Our family continues to pray for your family, and Evan is dying to see his friend Rachel again. Maybe we'll bring him for a visit - he would love that. Alisha is playing in Kaysville this weekend, so we will probably swing by on our way through SLC. Love you all! BSAOGC!

  3. Rachel--you are in our thoughts and prayers. Continue to be optimistic and I know the Lord will bless you and your family. We love you!

    Shannon, Taun, Benjamin, Alex, & Gracie Beddes

  4. bachelorette....
    Crazy, but I am becoming a fan! After watching two episodes I like Frank! Iam afraid he not "THE ONE" but I like him!
    Okay so I said it! CRAZY! Becca and Rachel, you got me hooked, thanks for that! Dang Peer Pressure!
    Rachel, I hope you are doing well, keep your chin up! You make us all stronger each day! I hope our prayer and thoughts for you will help to make you stronger too!
    We love you so much!

  5. Frost -- you are one terrific dad! Watching Bachelorette -- now that is a sacrifice! WE LOVE YOU RACH! Yah for popsicles!

  6. Wow, what great variety! I hope they give you lots of flavors to choose from. We are always excited when we hear good news and we are looking forward to having you in the 'hood again for a while. We'll have to sanitize the kids (they are healthy but they like dirt, expecially Taters). And let them come say howdy.

    Love ya lots and lots!!!!! The Benson Fam

  7. I am so glad you are feeling better and able to keep something down.
    I'm ahead of myself, but when we came home our whole RS came and bleached our house from top to bottom. I hope you get to hear the wonderful words, "you get to go home" very soon and when you do, please let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do to help prepare. I have a strong crew behind me and would love to help! We have been there and would love to pay it forward