Hi there. This is Jamie with an update on our precious friend. Let’s just say before I begin, I continue to marvel at her strength and resilience throughout this journey.
Last Tuesday I offered to drive Jen to her Bible study and instantly knew something was different when she walked to the car. She looked frail and unsteady. There was no way Jen was going to miss bible study, however, so despite her condition we championed on. She was scheduled to lead that day, but on the way there she mentioned she might not be up for the task. Thankfully the Lord orchestrated our arrival to coindcide with Kay’s so that Jen could ask if she’d take over right there in the foyer of the church. Throughout Bible study, Jen closed her eyes and listened intently to God’s word being spoken over her. Or she slept sitting up. Either way, we made it through with no complications. On our way home, Dr. Osborne called and wanted to have her blood drawn, so we rerouted and made our way to Baylor.
Wednesday we headed back to Baylor for Jen’s first round of the new regime of chemo – taxotere. (Her hemoglobin level wasn’t quite where it needed to be for a new trial that was originally an option, so chemo was the chosen course of treatment). She was still very weak and her pain level had increased significantly, which was extremely hard to witness. She went back home, where a few friends gathered for lunch. Thankfully, Jen felt like eating so we were slightly encouraged. Then a long nap was in Jen’s future (which is becoming more and more her norm).
Thursday Jen rallied to go see her grandmother with Hite, and managed to eat a sandwich. (I realize that’s a random detail, however when your friend has lost approximately 15-20 pounds in the last few weeks, it becomes quite significant.) With her increase in pain, her pain medicine was also increased. She then slept most of the afternoon.
Friday, Jen was complaining of significant pain especially with deep breaths. Difficult day for sure.
Saturday, her pain was about the same as long as she remained inactive. But by that evening, she began throwing up. This continued through the night and into Sunday.
After a phone call to Dr Osborne, prayer, and much contemplation Scott decided to take Jen to ER. Jen received fluids for dehydration, anti nausea meds, pain killers and a blood transfusion. Nice little cocktail, don’t you think? Well, it worked! She’s now doing much better and feels good, which is key. A brain MRI was ordered as was a GI scope to look down her throat and into her stomach – looking for en explanation for the pain and episodic nausea.
Dr. Osborne just came in the room, and I think she did the equivalent of a physician toe touch. (Pam Merryman you’d be proud!). She was so excited because Jen’s brain scan showed that her lesion and even any scarring of that lesion were gone. Thank you, Lord!
We are still waiting on the results of her GI scope, which we expect later today. In the meantime, rest is crucial for her to regain strength in order to return home. The best way to show her love and support at this time is your continued prayers – or if you want something tangible, a text, note (6022 Goodwin 75206) or even comment on this blog would bless her too. We will make sure she hears each one. Please refrain from visiting so Jen can get back to being Jen as soon as possible.😊
Jen and Scott appreciate all of your prayers, concern, and babysitting more than you know. I feel like I have a front row seat to the most beautiful concert of generous possible. What an amazing example you all are of God’s love for us. Unwavering, unconditional, abundant and ALWAYS available. Thank you for loving my friends, and for taking care of their sweet (& spunky) four year old. Even HE gets to enjoy the cool hospital bed.
With a grateful heart💙,
Jamie (aka B)
“May your unfailing love be my comfort…” Psalms 119:76