Another Unplanned Admission

Well, it happened again.  A test of Lizzy’s blood counts led to a transfusion that then turned into a hospital admission. This time she has been admitted to Norton Children’s in Louisville, so this makes 3 different children’s hospitals in 3 different states over the past year – I think maybe Lori and I might start a Travelers Review company that rates all of the different children’s hospitals across the country! (for those of you not familiar with my goofy sense of humor, that was meant to be a joke! – the part about the review company, not Lizzy’s admission – that part wasn’t funny).

Here’s a quick summary of the past 24 hours in pictures:

A check of Lizzy’s blood counts resulted in her needing a transfusion
During the transfusion, she spiked a fever, so she was admitted to the Cancer Care Center at Norton Children’s Hospital
After receiving a transfusion of platelets and blood, plus a steady dose of antibiotics, she is feeling much better

At this point, we aren’t sure when she will be discharged. The doctors here are coordinating with Lizzy’s doctors in Cincy and everyone wants to make sure she stays fever-free for a period of time AND that none of the blood cultures they’ve taken show any bacterial growth. AND that her blood counts are going back up.

So, Lori and I have been reminded once again that we really can only take it one day at a time. Circumstances can change in the blink of an eye and we just have to adapt and change and roll with it.

This is only the second time that Lizzy has had a fever and to be honest, it was a bit unsettling when it first happened. I thought we had moved past the fear and panic of some of the past events, but when things change so fast right before your eyes, there is still this moment, even if brief, where you catch your breath and your mind starts going crazy with What If’s and Maybe’s.  But we are learning that those are the moments to fall on our knees and cry out to God and know that He hears us. So that’s what we did, along with some faithful brothers and sisters, and God gave us the peace and clarity of mind we needed at that moment.

As much as I would like to think that we’ve “arrived” on our faith journey, the reality is we won’t ever “arrive” until we meet Jesus face-to-face. Until then, we take 2 steps forward and 1 step back. Always striving to make progress. Sometimes succeeding. Sometimes not. Always believing. Always hoping. Sometimes fearful. Sometimes worried. Always confident of this “that he who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it”.

As Billy Graham’s wife Ruth was often quoted as saying “[we are] a work under construction until we go be with God”.

That’s it for now. I’ve got to go – I can hear the jackhammers and drills at work!

14 Replies to “Another Unplanned Admission”

  1. Prayers and hugs for all of you! Dennis and Lori , I know you are with a different medical team on 7 West at Norton’s Children but please let me assure you, you are in the best of hands The nursing staff there is one of a kind and unbelievably amazing! You are blessed to be in good hands with compassionate hearts. Praying Lizzy’s fever goes down and the blood transfusion get her levels up to where they need to be so you are able to return home soon!

  2. I love you all. Big brother came to hang out with me for a little while today. He carries on each day with a smile. We will all be glad when you are home and Lizzy feels more like herself. GM

  3. Thank you for the update. I love the specifics that you give Dennis. It helps us to pray specifically for you all. May you find rest and hope and every provision as the fight continues until Lizzy is healed.

  4. “The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.”

    I was reading this verse and thought about your entire precious family. This is how you are walking through this difficult time without crumbling. He is giving you strength for each day and peace that comes from knowing that you are all in the palm of His hand. Supernatural Grace is yours……

  5. You all continue to be in our prayers. You are right, our faith can seem so strong, and it is, but there is always more room for God to make miracles and help us grow even more. Love ya’ll

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