Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Computer

With my birthday this week, our anniversary next week and a little encouragement from my inlaws, Mike bought me an inexpensive computer and now I am not computerless. Whew! I have everything from organizing who is coming to help me to keeping in touch with those back home via the computer. Who knew we were so dependant on it?

Well Kevin has had a great week, so we have done touristy things. Grammie and Pappy are here to help and they leave right before it gets ugly around here (how lucky are they?) Kevin has a long day at the hospital on Friday, full of MRI's and a lumbar puncture to monitor if any cancer cells are trying to rear their ugly head. Please pray any cancer cells are forever gone from his body. I think these scans will forever be nerve racking.

Here are pictures of this past week:



I also came across an article about improving chemo therapies for brain tumors. You can read the article here: Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have coined a simple formula that predicts how well a certain chemotherapy will work for targeting brain and other nervous system cancers. The formula, which publishes mid-July in Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, is pegged to two important proteins that compose such hard-to-kill tumors - one of which, ironically, makes them so drug-resistant in the first place.

Rachel

4 comments:

terri braswell said...

Congrats on your new computer. It is amazing how much we rely on them. Here it seems they are connection to the world outside St Jude. I am glad Kevin is having such a good week. We will keep him in our prayers for the scans on Fiday. I agree that the scans will never be an easy thing. But we are in such good hands here that we are so well taken care of that it is more comforting to me. Hve a good week and hope to see you around, Looks like ya'll are having a great visit with your inlaws. Much love, Terri and Heather

Laura said...

Looks like a great week!! Jake has already grown since the last time I saw him :-) I know my mom and brother and so excited to come and help this week...they miss Kevin alot, we all do. We'll say extra prayers for Friday.
TAke care and see you in a couple weeks.
P.S. Happy Birthday Rachel
Laura

terri braswell said...

Hey I just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you as Kevin goes in for his MRI's and LP. We hope to see you on the 2nd floor this weekend. You are in our prayers and we pray for a restful night for you all tonight. Love, Terri and Heather

Tae Scott-Smith said...

Happy to see you are up and running again. Our family laptop had a few hissy-fits during our time at St. Jude but, thanks to my dad's tinkering, it didn't stay down for more than a week at a time. It is a much better feeling to have it operational and at the ready whenever you need it.

Happy belated birthday too, Rachel. I hope you had a great day surrounded by loved ones.

We'll be thinking of Kevin and praying that Friday's scans give squeaky clean results. I agree with you, I think no matter how much time passes scan day will always be stressful and nauseating. Pep-talks and prayers, family and friends will see us through.

Your friends,
Tae, Will, Ethan and Sean :)