Thursday, June 18, 2009

We Spoke too Soon!

Well everyone, unfortunately, over the weekend Brandon was re-admitted to the hospital. His fever continues to come and go, and the Dr.'s want to be able to keep a closer eye on things. A few days ago, they found some fluid in his lungs indicating the beginnings of pneumonia, so they had him taking antibiotics for it. His fever went down a bit, but when they took him off the meds, his fever came right back. So, they're trying to figure out how to get rid of this pesky fever once and for all.

There are 2 good things to look at though. One, Brandon has an excellent team of Dr.'s who are problem solving and working with him to get him feeling better as soon as possible. Two, after his kyphoplasty surgery last week, his back feels more stable.

Now that it has been a couple months since Brandon's diagnosis, it is really easy to lapse into thoughts that this is so terrible and to be angry and sad and upset that all of this is happening. All very valid emotions of course. I'm sure many of us feel like with all of our fasting and praying that Brandon should be cured by now! However, it is important for us all to remember to be positive and optimistic. The Lord is in control and has been very mindful of Doan's situation from the beginning. We need to rely on our Savior to give us strength, compassion, patience, and whatever else we may stand in need of. The reality is, cancer does not have a quick fix button (as much as we wish it did). So, we need to be patient, focus on and be grateful for the many blessings we have received so far since his diagnosis...

- Being able to be at Huntsman where Brandon is getting the best possible care
- Successful kyphoplasty surgeries that have strengthened his back and decreased his pain
- 2 successful chemotherapy treatments that have effectively killed off many, if not all, of the cancer cells
- A successful bone marrow transplant where the cells have continued to engraft and essentially begun to re-program Brandon's body
- Having such an amazing support system
- Having access to the Priesthood for blessings

Those are just a few of the many, many blessings we have to be grateful for. Please continue to sign up to fast, and of course, keep both Brandon, Katie, and their families in your prayers. We all need to continue to demonstrate our faith and trust that the Lord will make this all for our good. We appreciate you all so very much.

1 comment:

The Plewe Clan said...

I have to tell you that your strength is amazing. I think your outlook and focus on the blessings you and Brandon are receiving is an inspiration to those around you. Your faith, strength and trust in the Lord is an inspiration to those around you. Tell Brandon that he is in our individual and family prayers daily!

Tim and Kelly Plewe