Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Update on Lilly -- February 19, 2008

Lilly's Mommy and Lilly came home last Tuesday for a few days. They were supposed to go back to the hospital tomorrow for another round of chemo, but they ended up heading back in on Saturday because Lilly had an infection in her toe. They wanted to get her started on antibiotics so it would have a chance to heal before her chemo begins. She is done with the methotrexate for this round (this is the chemo that causes the mouth sores), but the one she will begin tomorrow is the one that drops her counts low and causes her to feel nauseous and awful. She will recieve it everyday for 5 days, and then will be able to go home. They are encouraged that she handled this last one so well because she really is becoming stronger and healthier, but they are worried about this next one dragging her down. She has been so happy and full of smiles and giggles, so it will be hard to watch her get really sick again. The hard thing about this is that it takes 7-10 days for the side effects of the chemo to really set in, so Lilly's Mommy will be at home with her when this happens. The biggest concern is her developing an infection or a fever while she is at home. Her immune system will be very susceptible, so we need to pray for the health of her family, and for her little toe and bottom to heal before then. Also, that she would continue to gain weight. She is almost up to 12 pounds now, and that is their goal for her.

Please also continue to pray for the boys. Lilly's youngest brother especially is having a very hard time without his mom, and cries everytime he has to leave her. Their mommy is really looking forward to being home with them again full time. It should only be a few more months of these lengthy hospital stays, so pray that it will go quickly for them. Lilly really is doing much better, and thankfully there isn't much to report on a daily basis, but thank you for keeping her in your thoughts and prayers! It has been so amazing to see the change in her, and watch God continue to heal her tiny body! Thank you again to all who are praying and helping this family out!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day Dessert--Chocolate Parfaits

I have not blogged for awhile, unless it's been about Lilly. So now it's time to do another recipe post. I found this one on MyRecipes.com You can print the recipe here.

1 (1.4-oz.) package fat-free, sugar-free chocolate instant pudding mix
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 (8-oz.) container fat-free frozen whipped topping, thawed and divided
3/4 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (4 cracker sheets)
1 tablespoon freshly grated chocolate

1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a bowl until blended and smooth. Fold in 1 1/2 cups whipped topping.
2. Spoon 1 Tbsp. crumbs into each of 6 (4-oz.) glasses, and top with 1/3 cup pudding mixture. (I also used the whipped cream as a layer.) Repeat layers with remaining crumbs and pudding mixture. Top each parfait evenly with remaining whipped topping and grated chocolate. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Makes 6 servings

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 196(22% from fat); FAT 4.6g (sat 2.3g,mono 1.3g,poly 0.3g); PROTEIN 4.9g; CHOLESTEROL 10mg; CALCIUM 101mg; SODIUM 306mg; FIBER 0.2g; IRON 0.7mg; CARBOHYDRATE 31.8g

Margaret Groves, Northport, Alabama ,
Southern Living, JULY 2006

Friday, February 08, 2008

February 8th, 2008--Update on Lilly

Lilly at Christmas

From Daddy and Mommy:

Lilly's mouth is doing much better and we are going back tonight for her next dose of methotrexate. Our hope is that we will be in the hospital for five days and able to come home for a couple of days and then back again for another dose of chemo that will last five days. That should complete phase two of treatment.

Lilly is doing well and aside from having a sore mouth this last week. She was still smiling and she even giggled for the first time!! Our prayer is that Lilly will handle the methotrexate with little side effects. (this is the one that causes terrible mouth sores.) Also that she will be able to keep her weight up and of course no infections, fevers, or trips to the ICU!!!

Thank you again to everyone that has helped us out. Your support means so much to us. Knowing that all of you are behind us and praying for us makes this difficult time easier to bear.

This is our family life verse: 'I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.

In Him,
Lilly's Family

Friday, February 01, 2008

Update on Lilly--February 1st, 2008

Lilly and her mommy were able to come home on Tuesday of this last week for a couple days. They went back to the hospital yesterday for another spinal tap and round of chemo for Lilly. The doctors made the decision today to hold off on her next dose of Methotrexate that she was supposed to get today (this is the strong chemo drug that causes the mouth sores) because her mouth sores are already getting really bad. They are sending them home today, and will have them come back on Monday to begin treatment again if Lilly is well enough. Please pray that Lilly's sores would heal by then, and that they would have a good weekend together as a family. She is also starting to throw up some, but her bottom is looking better. Continue to pray for this wonderful family, and Lilly's protection from these awful side effects.