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Aug 7 / grace

Summer update


The month of July has been an up and down time for Matt. He seemed to be status quo for the first part of July, but two weeks ago, his white cell count went on the rise again. He was admitted to the hospital on July 26 feeling pretty sick. The doctors had warned us that he would probably need some chemo to keep the leukemia cells knocked down. Matt had a reaction to one of the chemo drugs that literally “drugged” him. Jon arrived late Friday evening expecting to keep Matt company in the hospital, play games, watch movies etc. I talked to Lindsay mid-morning on Saturday and she said that Matt was really sleepy that morning. Then I talked to Jon about 1pm and he was still basically sleeping. At that point everyone became concerned. Matt just could not really wake up, and when he was awake he was disoriented and confused. After running tests they concluded that is was a side effect of one of the chemo drugs. Sunday afternoon they decided to give him an antidote to help him come out of it. Within a few hours he was somewhat better, but it took until Tuesday for him to really be awake and not confused.  This was an unexpected and hard side effect that was scary to Matt and all of us.

Matt came home on Thursday and is recovering from the harsh chemo. He is really suffering this weekend with stomach pain. Matt is on a hard journey.  Please continue to pray for healing, health, comfort, and peace of mind.

The hospital does have some helpful support. There is a wonderful woman chaplain that has been really helpful to Matt and Lindsay. There are also volunteers that come around and do Reiki. Matt really appreciates your prayers. I am also so grateful to all the wonderful friends and neighbors that constantly ask about Matt and tell us they are praying for him. We love and appreciate you all.

Sue and Jenna, (Lindsay’s Mom and sister), Amanda and I hosted a bridal shower for Lindsay at Jim and Beth’s home, north of Philadelphia.  It was a beautiful early July Sunday afternoon.  Lindsay was beautiful and it was a great day for all of us.  Matt and Lindsay were able to have a great Saturday sailing with their friend Bryce before Matt went into the hospital.  They also started mailing out wedding invitations this week!



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  1. Ellen Bowman / Aug 9 2011

    Praying for comfort, peace and continued good humor! Blessings to you both,

  2. Penny Blosser / Aug 8 2011

    Thank you for the updates – we are always keeping Matt and the family in our prayers.

  3. Aunt Irene / Aug 7 2011

    My love and prayers are there for you always. Keep me updated. I like to know what is happening.

  4. Steve B. / Aug 7 2011

    Thanks for the update. Lovely pics!

  5. Beth / Aug 7 2011

    Sending healing thoughts and prayers to both Matt and Lindsay today!!! Hugs to all, Beth

  6. maria fuentes / Aug 7 2011

    Thank you for the update…always in our prayers. Sweet comfort to you all.

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