This was dated December 23, 2009 7:13 pm on Riley's Carepages.com
Today we give thanks to God for our early Christmas present. Riley had scans today which showed a dramatic improvement of her lung nodule. The right lower lung nodule which used to be 7 mm, crisp, and very obvious is now a faint smudge outline measuring 2 mm in length and not measurable in width. It appears similar to a small faint smudged comma that would correspond to one partial edge of the previous nodule. Radiographically the lung lesion is not very obvious and the physicians do not think that it would be able to be located with surgery. They will review the scans with the surgeon here and get her opinion, but as for now we know we have been given some breathing room. Riley has had wonderful response to her initial chemo and we now can breathe as we wait for her counts to increase and her fevers to resolve. Once her specific white cell count called an ANC raises to greater than 500 without medicines to increase it we will repeat a CT scan of her chest. That CT scan will make the final determination if surgery would be beneficial or necessary before proceeding to the next round of high dose chemo with stem cell rescue. Today God has given us a glimpse of our path ahead and for this we are thankful. We see progress has been made and we see that her tumor is still chemo responsive which is necessary for her to get to cure. The weight of this world seems lifted from our shoulders today. We praise God for this response! As for the fevers they are getting lower and more spaced out. Her CT scan showed some sinusitis on the side of NG tube for feeding through her nose. We will pull her NG tube today in hopes that the sinusitis will improve without the tube in place. We are also stopping 2 medications which could potentially be causing the fevers. We pray these changes will allow her fevers to resolve completely. Today we rejoice in the most wonderful gift we could have been given and again we give thanks to God for His constant and unwavering presence and protection as we ride this rollercoaster journey. We also give thanks to all of you who continue to lift Riley and our family up in prayer. All of these are truly our Christmas blessings. Thankful, Kirk and Kelly
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Three handsome male dogs are walking down the street when they see a beautiful, enticing, female Poodle. The three male dogs fall all over themselves in an effort to be the one to reach her first, but end up arriving in front of her at the same time.
The males are speechless before her beauty, slobbering on themselves and hoping for just a glance from her in return.
Aware of her charms and her obvious effect on the three suitors, she decides to be kind and tells them, 'The first one who can use the words 'liver' and 'cheese' together in an imaginative, intelligent sentence can go out with me.'
The sturdy, muscular black Lab speaks up quickly and says, 'I love liver and cheese.''Oh, how childish,' said the Poodle.
'That shows no imagination or intelligence whatsoever.'
She turns to the tall, shiny Golden Retriever and says 'How well can you do?''
Um. I HATE liver and cheese,' blurts the Golden Retriever.'
My, my,' said the Poodle. 'I guess it's hopeless. That's just as dumb as the Lab's sentence.'
She then turns to the last of the three dogs and says, 'How about you, little guy?'
The last of the three, tiny in stature but big in fame and finesse, is the Taco Bell Chihuahua .. He gives her a smile, a sly wink, turns to the Golden Retriever and the Lab and says...
I need to vent and since NO ONE reads this here is a good a place as any! I am so tired of my friggin life it is not funny. I am at a loss. Don't have a clue of what to do. I am tired of work, I am tired of home you name it.. I am tired of it and I wish I was the type of person that just didn't give a damn. I was on my way home tonight (and no this is not the first time) I just thought about how I wish I could speed up and ram into a large tree, a house (old one no one lives in) or how do you get a car to fly and flip over and over? But then I think of my son and my mom and I know I can't do that. I wish I didn't care. I fight EVERY DAY with my son. There is barley a day that goes by that we don't get into it. He was failing school so bad last year, he was one of the kids in public school falling between the cracks. I a single mother that has only one income no help except for my mom to help out by picking him up from PRIVATE school and she watches him until I get home. I dread coming home! Do I want to live... Hell no!
I am a single mom of a wonderful child. He is what keeps me going. I enjoy saving money with coupons so I can buy other things that I normally would not be able to get. (for my son, you know mom's come last) My favorite TV shows are House & Criminal Minds. I also enjoy Bones and NCIS.