Saturday, April 29, 2006

Rough 24 Hours

The past 24 hours have been pretty rough. Starting Thursday Kerstin was complaining of a headache and some general body aches. The Tylenol and Motrin was taking the edge off, but not getting rid of the pain. Yesterday morning Kerstin was in a lot of pain. She finally got exhausted enough to sleep for a while in the afternoon, but that was just a temporary reprieve for her. By bed time last night she was writhing in pain from head to toe. This is the most uncomfortable we have ever seen her. It was bad enough that she would even hold her breath to give her just a few seconds of relief. So, after a late night phone conversation with the on-call doctor and a trip to one of the 24 hour pharmacies in town, we have some stronger pain medicine which as of this morning seems to be helping. Kerstin is still experiencing some arm pain, but she is feeling good enough to get up and move around without complete misery.

Life is full of peaks and valleys, and we are obviously going through one of our valleys right now. Even with all the pain we have never heard Kerstin say, "Why me?" Since the beginning of this journey we have tried to teach her that life is not fair and God has a special purpose for all of us. Kerstin knows that she is not alone on this journey and there are many other children on the same path. With the help and support of these other "cancer kids", family, and friends, she has adopted our "take it head on" attitude and takes every day in stride knowing that we do what we have to do to make forward progress.

Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers, and please keep all of the other "cancer kids" lifted up as well.


emilie said...

Hi Kerstin!
I'm sorry you haven't been doing well lately. It makes me so sad to think of you in such pain. I'll be praying extra hard for you this week and I hope you can get up out of this valley soon and enjoy your awsome new scooter. : )

Sharon Knudsen said...

Hey, Kerstin. We are so sorry that you are having bad pain. I hope that the new medicine does the trick for you and you start to get better. You are so brave and so sweet. We are so proud to know you. Hang in there. We'll be praying you feel better!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Miss Kerstin! Did you think we were MIA??? We are so sorry that you are sick!!! We want all the OWIES to go away for good! You are such a strong little girl! We love you and miss you like crazy! We will be praying for the drs to figure out why you hurt and how to fix it ASAP!!! We are sending you all TONS of hugs and prayers!!!
Kristi and Abby Bridgewater

Kelly Rowley said...

Hi guys, sorry it has taken us so long to stop by. There is no reason so I am not going to share one. We are sorry you are having pains. Know we are thinking about you, and praying for you too. Love, The Rowleys

Mike from Omaha said...
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Mike from Omaha said...

Hi Kerstin. It's Mike, the Team In Training bike rider from Omaha. I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling good. All of the Omaha cycling team is thinking of you and hoping you feel better soon. I just got back from North Platte after participating in a Triathlon. You are my inspiration to continue training for the Ironman race and to continue raising funds to help find a cure for your type of cancer. We are all thinking of you and praying for you. Better days are coming!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kerstin,
It's Monday night.... how are you feeling? Are you better enough to go to school? I'm sorry you are having a rough time! I'll just keep praying for you to feel better and for the doctors to figure out what's going on with your little body. I hope your headaches and bodyaches go away soon!
Hugs and prayers-
Julie Anderson

Heather said...

HI Kerstin- It is Tuesday afternoon. I am so sorry you are not feeling the best. The girls and I think about you all the time. My screen saver on our family computer is a picture of you and I the day I met you in Lincoln. We see you everyday!! I am happy those cold days are over! I am working really hard and I think of you everytime I get out to train. Keep smiling kiddo; You are such a strong girl I hope you start feeling better very soon. Your strength gives me ALL the inspiration I need for my uncoming races. Take care and we here on Omaha TNT are thinking of you ALWAYS!!
Heather M. TNT centry ride and Philly tri