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taken 8/4/07

Courtney and her kids

Courtney and her kids
taken 8/4/07

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Day 13 - Mid-day update

Susan (Courtney's sister) here with a mid-day update. Dr. Jordan is in here now giving Courtney a look over-- she is running a slight fever and her WBC counts are up marginally from 100 to 300, but he said 90% of patients get similar fevers and see a small rise in the counts before bottoming out completely.

Last night a small cheer went up as she was hooked up to her last bag of chemo at 1AM. I would like all of you to know that while there are the inevitable moments of anxiety, fear, and disbelief that this is actually happening; Courtney is keeping her spirits up, her sense of humor sharp and her resolve to beat this strong. Her room may be filled with drugs and machines to administer the life saving chemicals; but it is also filled with cards and photos from people that love and support her. She constantly has her care givers laughing as she recounts moments of her day that can only be classified as comical. And once she takes medicine to help her sleep, she will give a verbal warning that she is done talking and falling asleep.... only to start up again a few minutes later, usually with a giggle or two thrown in for good measure. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to hear her soft laughter before she falls into a deep and restful sleep.


Susette said...

It is nice to hear your view Susan. It was sweet to hear how you like hearing her laugh before she goes to sleep.
Courtney, I am glad your spirits are up. Get your rest and keeping walking.

KELLEY said...

Thank you for letting us know that 90% of patients get that fever!!! I am so hopeful! I can't wait until we hear about remission -- even though I know it is hard now. I love that laugh too and can't wait to hear it very soon!
Love you all.

nana1945 said...

i love hearing that courtney is laughing -- it is a good sign - our prayers are with you all --

nana -- amy pennington's mom

Erin & Brandon said...

Neat hearing about Courtney's sweet giggle before drifting off to peaceful sweet.

Much love...

Amy said...

thanks for the midday update. i also can't wait to hear about remission. you are constantly in my thoughts, courtney (so are you todd!). i love you guys. keep smiling!
amy jaffe


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