Monday, March 26, 2012

No Place Like Home

Bonny and I have returned from Tijuana and have been settling into a different daily routine...

Actually, we have not found a rhythm in that yet.  The treatments Bonny had in Mexico  have taken quite a toll on her body.  Primarily the radiation, which caused her stomach and intestine walls to lose their lining.  This was expected and will rebuild itself by some time early next week.  Meanwhile, Bonny has been losing weight because she has no appetite and food makes her very sleepy.

She is getting IV infusions here at home of one of the products she had in Mexico.  I am able to do that through a PICC line and can also give her pain medication this way.  She has been in a lot of pain and abdominal cramping for the last three weeks. 

We expect the tumors to shrink from this treatment.  She will have a CT scan in about four weeks to determine progress.  If the tumors become isolated enough we can return to Mexico to have them removed surgically.  This would be followed up by more low dose chemo and cobalt radiation.  Of course, this all depends on how she responds to the treatment.  

We are asking all our family and friends to pray for strength and wisdom.  This has been taking a toll on all of us.  The kids are weary, I am weary, and we ask you all to band together with us in prayer.  We are doing what we feel is right, but cannot walk this path alone.  We are so grateful for everyone's support, without which we could not have helped Bonny so far.  I am endeavoring to return to cabinet work, but hesitate to become entangled in anything that will keep me from helping my beloved bride from getting well.

Looking to Jesus for strength,

Cary, Bonny and all of Rambellwood

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Much Hope!

Bonny has completed her first week of treatment here in Tijuana, Mexico. She is resting now, after a full day. We are very pleased with the knowledge Dr. Vargas has in treating cancer. He spent several hours with us explaining the treatment and answering the many questions we had.

A typical day at the clinic starts with low-dose Vitamin C, then Laetrile. Then a different type of low-dose chemo, each day, is infused Monday through Wednesday. Bonny’s nurse, Angelina, really knows what she’s doing. Cobalt radiation is done each day at another location. Kristina drives us around wherever we need to go. Below are pictures of Bonny with Angelina and Dr. Vargas.

Dr. Vargas believes in what he is doing and has confidence that these treatments will help Bonny. Because of the advancement of the cancer, there is much to be done. As of now, the cancer’s progress has been halted. We expect to see the tumors shrink and die. Bonny will be going through some challenging times as these changes occur in her body. Dr. Vargas has given us a game plan to meet those needs.

It is somewhat of a challenge adjusting to being out of the U.S. Communication around town, pesos, Spanish, and eating...all feel awkward at times. We are thankful for God’s provision through so many of you who have given.

Thank you, thank you for loving us. We feel your prayers and are also so very grateful for the monetary gifts so relevant in this journey. We miss our family and friends and look forward to being reunited.

Cary and Bonny