Sunday, January 27, 2008


Just a quick note...
Last week I got the doctor's okay to double Jeff's dose of depression meds and the last few days I've seen small signs of his depression lifting!
His memory is still improved and the side effects are still manageable!!!

Thank you for your prayers!!!...we pray for God to richly bless those who bless us!!!


Monday, January 21, 2008

Quick Update

Just thought I'd take a minute to let you all know that Jeff is doing quite well...his memory is still improved and the side effects from the treatments don't seem too bad. One thing that I'd like you to pray about though...he seems to be suffering from depression and thanks to a friend from church who's a Therapist, I found out that I need to be more pro-active with the Dr's about his meds for this because they will not tweak anything unless I called today asking advice about the depression meds...I will keep you posted.
Other than that...we have the 2nd treatment this Thursday and continue to ask you to pray for the side effects to keep being manageable, for the tumor to keep shrinking, for full restoration of memory and, as always, that God will be glorified through this journey!!!

Bless you this week!


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hallelu-Hallelujah...Praise Ye the Lord!!!

Well, we have some wonderful news and some not so wonderful (but not too bad either) news...First, We had an MRI yesterday morning at Cedar Sinai and just after only one of the new treatments, the Doctor believes Jeff's tumor is a little bit smaller...PRAISE YE THE LORD!! Then the doctor started looking at Jeff's legs, for some reason, and realized that his right leg was a little tender when it was squeezed...there was a blood clot discovered in an ultra sound. Now, as this is not great news, the doctor assures us that blood clots are fairly common with this type of tumor and Jeff does spend quite a bit of the day in bed (treatments and meds just knock him out)...and...he doesn't have to be put into the hospital or anything....just needs to take an injection in the tummy under his belly button once a day for probably 6's the kicker...I get to administer the injection! =) We did the first one last night and it wasn't nearly as bad as both of us thought it might be. AGAIN, God is good all the time!

We are extremely thankful that Jeff's memory is still improved...please continue to pray for the full restoration of memory and that this new medication and chemo keep shrinking that tumor.

Other families in our church that need prayer:
Laura Litherland (the mother of friend from church) just lost her high school sweetheart husband to a brain tumor a few weeks ago and it is very hard for her...she is a believer and knows that Larry is in heaven, but she is a little angry and upset.

The Kings Larry, Pat and Elizabeth are still grieving the loss of their daughter and sister, Rebecca.

The Marcades Cathleen Marcade had a tumor removed from her neck and after testing it they found is was malignant-a rare form of cancer. She is home now, but was in the hospital for the past few days because of complications with chemo treatments...please pray for strength for her, her husband, and their children.

The Kobles Kim had breast cancer and is now going through treatments.

The Buccowichs You can go to the link from our blog to their web page for Susan's updates...she's doing pretty good right now, but still needs much prayer!

Thank you...May our Gracious Heavenly Father grant you peace this week!

PS--I have added some new links at the left for those who are interested in the new meds and Jeff's current doctors. =)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Answered Prayer...

Well, so far so good...we started the new treatment yesterday...after about 5 hours at LB Memorial we came home and since then, no adverse side effects...just tired! THANK YOU GOD!!! The thing they are most concerned about is diarrhea...some get it quite bad and some just a little or not at all...Jeff shows no sign of that yet and he ate a good lunch today..Yeah!!

Please join me in thanking God for restored memory & no sickness. Also continue praying for the side effects to be manageable or non-existent and that this is the tool that God uses to heal Jeff.

Thank you to all of you...hope your holidays were blessed!!!


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A Few Days in The Life of Dalaynee Jo...

Playing dress up with Daddy's shirt & hat, & Mommy's shoes.

Riding her tricycle before changing out of pj's.

Discovering a new way to ride her tricycle (by the way, she does have a bike with training wheels, just likes to ride the trike every now & then).

After I left her in the backyard for only a few minutes...
The t-shirt says it all...doesn't it?!?!?!?!
Must have ultimate comfort when playing Sesame Street Computer games!
Special picture with her "friends" (our front lawn Christmas Blow ups).

Just before leaving for her preschool Christmas program (please excuse the mess in the background!!!)

Camping out in the living room...

Well, there you have it...just a few things that fill up Dalaynees existence...just thought I'd share a bit!!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Tid bits of info

I've been meaning to post this for the past few days, but can't seem to find the time. We went to Jeff's GP about a week ago and when I told him how loopy Jeff acted that one night he assured me that it was from the sudden increase in his steroid pill (he went from 4-6 mg a day to 8mg 3 times that day)...the doc said that it's pretty common for sudden changes in meds to cause delirium...WOW, what a relief!!! I'm just wondering why the ER doc never mentioned it...maybe I wasn't clear about the increase...anyway, I'm more worries about the gas being turned on or talking to people that aren't there etc! Also, because of Jeff's horrible headaches the docs told me to give him 8 mg of steroid twice a day...after about 2 wks, his memory is considerably better...he saw something on tv this morning and said "Oh, that's a rerun. I said What? You don't remember seeing things before! He said he swears it was just on about a month ago!!! That means that most of his memory loss could indeed still be caused by swelling!!!! I am amazed!!!

Thank you for keeping us lifted up...continue to pray for strength, healing, and that God would calm Jeff's fear...he's almost constantly afraid, but knows that God's hand is upon us and that this is a journey God wants us to travel right now.

You are all such blessings to the Nord family!!!!