Friday, December 16, 2005

16 Dec 2005

Cheryl is home. She came home Thurs. evening. We are administering intraveinous anti-biotics at home to clear up the bacterial infection found in her blood. It has to be done twice a day, it isn't difficult and gets Cheryl home. No word yet on the bone marrow biopsy, or on the stem cell donor match. Keep praying the marrow is cancer free and one of my siblings will be a match.

The Cummins

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

14 Dec 2005

To All,

On Tuesday 13 December, while at home recovering, Cheryl's temperature spiked and we had to take her back to Madison. We were to travel there on Friday for testing and another Bone Marrow Biopsy. As such, they took this opportunity to perform all the testing on Tuesday and not make us come back on Friday. Once they completed the blood draws, X-Ray's and Bone Marrow Biopsy on Tuesday they sent us home and said they would contact us with any results. Note - the X-Ray's showed a dramatic improvement on the Pneumonia - very good news.

On Wednesday, 14 December, the doctor called and had me bring Cheryl back to be admitted into the hospital, due to the fact that she has an infection in her blood. They were able to identify it and the only antibiotic they could administer was via Intra-veineous (IV). They will keep her for the next 36 - 48 hours to stableize, then send her home. Once home, Home Health will come and teach me how to hook up this same IV solution / antibiotic and will allow her to recover from home. No news as yet, on her Bone Marrow biopsy.

Her room phone number is 608-###-####. I am certain that she could use a friendly call to pick her up, as she is currently at the hospital alone. I needed to come back to work to get some urgent business taken care of.

Regards and God Bless

Gene, Cheryl and Family

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

6 Dec 2005

To All,

Praise GOD!!!! Cheryl is coming home today. Once again her body has started producing it's own White / Red blood cells and platelets, sufficient for the doctors to release her and allow her to complete recovery at home. Needless to say, I and the kids are ecstatic.

She also is going home with Pneumonia, but the Doctors believe she will be able to recover better from home...they are sending her home with antibiotics. She will be happy to have visitors, but please note that if you have been sick or think you might be sick please wait until you are fully recovered. As you would expect, Cheryl is still very vulnerable to other illness's.

Her sister is graciously coming back on Friday 9, Dec 05 until Tuesday 13 Dec 05 to assist.

Cheryl has another Doctors appointment set for Friday 16, Dec 05, where they will do another Bone Marrow Biopsy. Please pray that this Biopsy result will be a total remission of the cancer.

We will not know what the next step is until after this Biopsy. They have started testing her brothers and sisters to see if they are a match for the Stem Cell transplant. Please pray that one or more will be a perfect match.

Thanks to all of you who continue to support us through Prayers, Cards, Phone Calls, Meals, Transportation and gifts. Your generosity and unselfish gifts have been greatly appreciated.

Love in Christ

Gene, Cheryl and Family