Monday was our weekly visit to Cincy for Lizzy’s treatment. Thankfully this time we didn’t have to deal with snow! The visit was ************ BREAKING NEWS **********. We interrupt this update to bring you a special News Bulletin from the Brooks Family News Network.
LIZZY OFFICIALLY AND LEGALLY HAS ANOTHER BIG SISTER!!!!!!!!!
(Lizzy and new big sis Treasure)
Exactly 1,876 days ago, Treasure came into our home. It has been a crazy, wild ride that really deserves its own website/blog posts, but for now, we will suffice by saying that at approximately 9:20am this morning, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Treasure was legally and officially declared a Brooks!!! Thank You God!!!!!
(Celebrating after the court hearing)
When we started this journey, we knew what we were being called to do, but we had no idea what we were about to experience. I have said many times that it has been the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and everything in between. And that’s true. But what is also true is that we are blessed beyond words. Treasure brings so much joy to our home, and really anywhere she goes. If you’ve ever met her, you know who she is! She is one of those people that others don’t soon forget. How in the world did we get to be the lucky ones to have her come and be a part of our family? #weareblessed Thank you God!!!
****** We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming, er, update*******
The visit went well and although Lizzy’s hemoglobin count did continue to drop slightly, her level stayed just high enough above the threshold that the doctor decided she did not need a transfusion. Thank you for your prayers on this matter, and please continue to pray because if her hemoglobin drops any further, a transfusion will be necessary.
We have now started the 2nd half of her treatments, so we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Lizzy continues to have very high energy levels (I.e. she is acting normal) and has maintained most all of her hair, although we do see a little bit of thinning at the top of her head. She still struggles with drinking enough fluid, so that is a constant effort of trying to get her to drink more, but otherwise she really is doing great.
Our biggest issue (especially for Lori) is trying to stay away from all of the germs out there, especially the nasty flu bug that is going around. Lori and Lizzy rarely leave the house, except for treatment visits, so mentally it is tough. With that said, if you haven’t been sick recently or been around anyone who has been sick recently, feel free to stop by and visit – the girls (including Lori) would enjoy the company!!
Please join us as we celebrate Treasure’s “Gotcha Day” today and thank you so much for all of your love and prayers and support!!