Friday, December 5, 2008

Signs of improvement

Steve has been resting since we came home yesterday. He is exhausted, possibly the most worn out he's been for the past year.

He has not had any adverse side effects, though. Isn't that wonderful?!

Even more encouraging: He's showing signs of improvement. He has been able to wiggle the fingers on his left hand for the first time in days. With some effort, he's able to lift his left arm higher than his shoulder.

We pray that the decreased symptoms are directly related to the Avastin and CPT-11 combination and that symptoms continue to improve.

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Speaking of prayer ...

Our friend Jamie H. has proposed a challenge. Here are her words:

I'd like to repeat a small message I sent to Tyra a few weeks ago. A challenge, maybe. During our church services a while back our pastor asked everyone in the congregation to shout out their own names; after the count of three a very loud, undecipherable noise burst out. Then he asked that we all shout out Jesus at the count of three. And the sound was clear, crystal. This exercise was supposed to show how much more clearly we can be heard by God when we shout in unison. I would like to suggest that everyone say a prayer for our dear, dear friend Steve at noon each day for the next week. That gives everyone a chance to pray in unison, a collective shout for Steve and the entire Damm family ...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

We will join everyone in prayers at noon from now on for Steve's healing. Also, I will email all my prayer warriors to help. May God bless your family, your parents, friends and especially you, Steve.

rob powell said...

Great news.....wow...very cool

Anonymous said...

Tyra and Steve,

We will join in the noon-time prayers for healing. Thinking of you during this challenging time...

The Hurds

Melanie Domen said...

Count me in for the noon prayer. Steve, I prayed for you as I ran tonight in order to train for the relay in your honor. Out Damm spot!

Chitnis and Chahal said...

Steve and Tyra, was really hoping for this to be radiation necrosis. Had a nice conversation with Dr. M regarding Steve. She emailed me herself to let me know about what's going on with Steve. We are both really concerned about him but hopeful that he starts responding to the new chemo soon.
I am going to join all the others at noon each day to pray for Steve. God will listen to our combined prayers and he will be better again. You guys hang in there. You are my heroes and I want my heroes to be happy! I quote your example to everyone I know who is in some sort of a challenging life situation.
Hang in there guys, this too shall pass.
Shilpa