Thursday, July 12, 2012

Leukemia - How is Jemma? - Day 25

This morning Jemma woke up hungry at 6:00 and we made breakfast burritos. On the stove we fried garlic, onions, yellow peppers, spinach, organic hot dogs, eggs, and tomatos. She grated the cheese and helped stir.

We wrapped our mixture in tortillas and filled up. I keep talking about food on these updates because it is a constantly increasing issue. Jemma's appetite continues to grow. Unfortunately she has had stomach aches over the last three days. The medicine she is taking slows down the bowels creating constipation while creating a voracious appetite. Consequently she is filling her belly to maximum capacity, and food is having trouble finding its way out. The result is a huge belly and constant stomach aches.

As of Thursday night she still has quite a bit of hair, but it is continually falling out. Her pillow case needs to be changed twice each day. It looks much like a couch at the home of a shedding dog. She told us today that she had a neat trick. She could pull her hair and it just comes out and doesn't even hurt. When she demonstrated, her fist was full of hair. Fortunately, she doesn't seem too disturbed this trick.

Jemma was told this week that she can't ride her bike for a while. Her platelets (trombosites) are not functioning properly due to all the medications she is taking. Because of this she could have excessive bleeding or clotting if she had an accident. To avoid a potentially serious condition she will not be allowed to ride her bike for approximately three weeks.

Tomorrow Jemma will receive a dose of chemo, followed by another one on Monday morning.

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  1. Revs Lou and Lenise BergmanJuly 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    We are praying for you Jemma. You dont know us but you have our heart. Jesus has this all in control-thank Him for your healing--even if you dont see it yet. He has already done the work of healing you (and all of us)...we thank Him for it now...Cant wait to meet you one day.
    Pastors Lou and Lenise Bergman
    Sault Ste. Marie, MI

  2. Julie, thanks for keeping us all updated. God bless you and your family. I hope Jemma will maintain her high spirits and continue on her path to recovery. We'll be thinking of you guys.


  3. We are praying for you Jemma and for your family! You haven't met us but I am your daddy's cousin and have 2 little girls and 1 boy just like your family! Your grandma Jane is my aunt!:) We hope to meet you one day when you are all better! Jesus loves you sooooo much and is always with you! Lots of love, Cousins Theresa, Paul, Jacob, Hannah and Bethany Bardwell

  4. This is the first I am reading of your precious Jemma and I will be praying. She looks like such a sweetie.
    I am stopping by from Happy whimsical hearts linky and I have to say the breakfast burritos sound yummy.
    Would you mind stopping by and sharing?
    Now that we have started school back up I have revived Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen. It will be a weekly linky.
    Hope to see you there.

  5. I love that Jemma helped you prepare this yummy breakfast. She sounds like she is very resilient, you are doing an amazing job! And thanks for sharing at Happy lil ❤'s are baking x

  6. Your breakfast looks delicious and really nutritious too. I'm saying a prayer for your sweet daughter; I'm sorry that her treatment is so difficult - stomach aches are no fun, especially when you are little. It must be hard to see her losing her hair; it is good that she is handling it so well, but it can't be easy as her mom. I'm praying for a full and complete recovery for Jemma, and that all will soon be well for you all very soon!


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