I know that people have been waiting for an update from me. As most of you know, Matt came home on Wednesday night. I have tried to upload the video of Matt surprising the girls but it's not working. If we are friends on facebook then you have seen it. I cleaned for 6 hours the day before Matt got home to make sure everything was sanitized. I had a break down talking to him on the phone the next day because I was so scared of him getting sick at home but I didn't know how I could keep up the cleaning schedule. He reminded me that his health was in the Lord's hands and I had to stop trying to control it. I have never seen a man more excited to be home. My friend Ami set the most amazing dinner on our doorstep and we kept commenting that it was like Christmas dinner!
Matt getting his pills organized with what to take each day.
He has been taking it easy, driving Ivy to her bus stop. We live on the second floor, so the walk to and from the car, plus the stairs are enough to wear him out right now. We went to the dr. for his first appointment and his blood counts were AMAZING! They have already removed some restrictions that they had put on him. Most of his counts were in the normal range!
Matt's WBC 4.3 (normal range 4.6/10.6) ...Matt's platelets 173 (normal range 142/424) ...Matt's NE# 2.09 (normal range 2.00/7.80)
Praise God! When Matt got in the car and told me, I could not even believe it. It truly is a gift from the Lord. I sat there thinking, I didn't know you could have leukemia and get so much good news. We still have a long way to go and things can change day to day but I am praising God for all that has been coming our way. He has a bone marrow biopsy on Monday and he will still do at least a year of outpatient chemotherapy. He is still going to be a hermit for a while and take everything slow and easy but he's doing great.
The Lord has been blessing us in other ways, packages from friends, cards, gift cards and we even got a HUGE package from our credit card company that heard about Matt. They sent tons of books and toys for the girls ( I took half of it out to save for Christmas). Matt and I are definitely living month to month but the Lord has taken care of us each month and in the most unique ways.
It still makes me sad when the girls and I are going somewhere and we have to leave MAtt at home and go by ourselves because he can't be out with a lot of other people but I am reminding Ivy and myself, how much the Lord has blessed us. People have had a much rougher road than us and have endured it with a lot less encouragement that Matt and I have had. We feel such a strong love of friends, the Church, our community. It has been so beautiful to see.
Please keep praying for Matt. We still have a long road but I am so glad to walk this road together. Thank you and we love you! #teamdad