Status Update: Admitted to Hospital

11 07 2011

Last week, I could not get chemo as my white blood cell counts were too low. As is protocol, they sent me home with a regimen of five shots to take five nights in a row to boost my white blood cell counts and prepare me for chemo this week.

I did all five shots right on schedule, but it was more painful than it had ever been before. My ribs hurt so bad they felt like they were throbbing. The shots work in the bone marrow to stimulate production of white blood cells.

Then yesterday morning, I noticed a lesion on my stomach – like a boil. At first I thought maybe I’d run into something. But it quadrupled in size and finally turned black with this peculiar red ring around it. Then another one showed up on my left leg later in the day, then others on my legs, back, stomach.

Don took me to the ER first thing this morning. They’re running tests but believe I have a blood infection and my white cell counts are EVEN LOWER than a week ago, despite the booster shots. And they were LOW a week ago. The ER doc came in and told me this is very serious. I have an infection and my army is almost depleted.

They will be admitting me and starting me on a powerful round of antibiotics. I’m so very scared. I know how serious a blood infection can be. I’m praying to God that it’s not like those old commercials for the Roach Motel, where you check in, but you never check out.

Please keep me in your prayers and I’ll update as I’m able.

Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson

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87 responses

11 07 2011
Jackie

You’re in my prayers, Amy.

11 07 2011
Kathy

OH Amy. I’m with you.

11 07 2011
Susan

Amy, I’m so sorry to hear this! 😦 I truly hope that you’re able to get kick this infection and return home to your family. Best wishes for a full recovery.

11 07 2011
Michelle Hicks

Sending my love and prayers your way! Cal me if you need ANYTHING!!!

11 07 2011
Mark Robertson

Thinking of you … this ailment is no match for you. Scoff in its general direction. 🙂 Get better soon.

11 07 2011
Amy Rauch Neilson

Thank you for the morale boost, Mark! It worked!

11 07 2011
Peggy Sharp

I’m so sorry to hear this! I’ll continue to pray for you and your family.

11 07 2011
amybuttell

Amy, thinking of you and sending lots of love and hugs!

Amy

11 07 2011
Kristi Rugh Kahl

YES you will get out of there! Prayers for a quick fix and on your way! Keep the faith and keep on keeping on ! Friends and family here to support you. While it’s a scary time for you, I have faith that the doctors will get your body back to the levels they need to be. Hang in there my dear friend.

12 07 2011
Michelle Ball

YOU WILL BEAT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXO

11 07 2011
Kathy

Keeping you in my prayers…

11 07 2011
Sue

I’m hoping our collective prayers and good thoughts help rally your army quickly and with great strength!!! I’m sorry this is so scary, but know we are all sending good thoughts your way.

11 07 2011
Scott Orwig

We’ll be watching for news. Call or text if there’s anything we can do to help.

11 07 2011
Gayle

Amy, I am sending out many prayers to you. Stay strong…

11 07 2011
Sheri Torch

Our love and prayers are with you dearest Amy……..be as strong as you always have been in the past.
We love you,
Mom

11 07 2011
Maureen

They have met their match. Hugs and prayers from the north!

11 07 2011
Jamie

Amy, I’m praying for you!

11 07 2011
Tracey

Praying for you Amy!!!

11 07 2011
Lisa

I’m praying and praying for your strength and full recovery. If only there was a way each of us friends and family who love you so could actually do SOMETHING to help you….because I know you would be cured in a no time.
I’m sure it’s incredibly hard (possibly even impossible) to keep a positive outlook, so I wish you the inner peace and strength to keep pushing through.
A big comforting hug to you.

11 07 2011
soapchick

Praying so very hard for you. Hang in there and fight hard!

11 07 2011
Chelsea L.

Same here, kid. I’m with you, too.

11 07 2011
Alison

Praying for you too Amy. Everyone who reads your blog will be sending you healing thoughts and love. Beat the infection and be home soon.

11 07 2011
Bonnie

Amy,
You are not alone. There is a Presence with you in that hospital room Who is able to bring comfort, hope and healing. I will be praying for you fervently!

11 07 2011
Heather Lee

Sending prayers your way. You will beat this- no doubt in my mind!!

11 07 2011
Sharon L-S

Praying for you and your family. Please know we are all rooting for you. Sending sunshine and hugs.

11 07 2011
Janice Domanski

You have a strong army of those who love you, praying that your body wins this battle. Get well, get home and keep your spirits up!!!

11 07 2011
Karen J. H.

Add my prayers and best wishes to all the others sent by your loving friends and family. You’ll get reinforcements, and the fighting army of good blood cells will win.

11 07 2011
Carol

Dear Lord,

In the name and the blood of Jesus Christ, we ask that you hold Amy and her family in your healing hands right now. Fill them with courage and strength, and surround them with comfort and peace so they can focus on healing. Guide the doctors to perform your miracles and quickly bring Amy back to complete health.

Amen

11 07 2011
Zoo

AMEN

11 07 2011
Sherri

Amen. Thank you Carol – your prayer resonates with what my heart prays for Amy.

11 07 2011
Kathy Storer

Amy,

I am praying and praying real hard for you.
Love,
Kathy

11 07 2011
Annette Govan Peel

You are in my prayers, Amy

11 07 2011
Paul Vachon

You are in my thoughts and prayers, Amy. You WILL beat this!

Paul

11 07 2011
Sherri

Damn it.My radar was going off. You are in the best place you could possibly be. I am so glad you are getting the attention and care you need. My money, payers and all of my good energy are on you. Anything you or Don need – just say it. Blood, emergency trip out, cooking for you for a week WHEN YOU GET HOME! Ordering anything you need from the internet…. just name it Amy. I love you, and will be praying non-stop unilt I hear you are home with hugs, laughing about your next random adventure.

11 07 2011
Karen

I am sending you my prayers right now!! Keep your positive attitude!!

11 07 2011
Linda Stanislawski

praying for you , Amy , and trusting God to bring you through this victoriously

11 07 2011
Jennifer Wolf

No way, Sweet Pea. They don’t want to keep you! You will make them CRAZY! Love you, my friend. Let me know if you want me to come visit you. I’ll bring my purse to knit on. xoxox

11 07 2011
CFW

Hang in there Amy!
I knew something was up when I didn’t see you laughing and joking last week end! And this morning when I didn’t see your light shining, I got worried.
Stay strong now! We are all with you! All our thoughts and prayers go to you and yr family!
Love you guys!
And ‘Keep that Light shining’

11 07 2011
Joyce Hawkins

Sending prayers your way for a speedy recovery.

11 07 2011
Mollie

Amy, we are all praying for you! If you need anything at all please let us know. You will be out of there in no time at all. 🙂 xoxoxoxo Love & Hugs!!!!!

11 07 2011
Marijke

I’m so sorry. This sounds like sepsis (what many people call blood poisoning). My thoughts are with you and I know I’m not the only one.

Take care.

11 07 2011
Cathie Ferdon

We are all praying for a positive outcome! Hang tough Amy. Please let Dave and I know if you need us to do anything for you.

11 07 2011
Kim

Amy, I will be praying that God will comfort you and encourage you with His Holy Spirit and surround you with ministering Angels to protect and watch over you! I pray for protection over you and complete healing in Jesus name, Amen.

11 07 2011
Teresa

You are in my thoughts and prayers. We all need you so much, you are the center of our circle. You are so amazing, I know you will beat this setback.

11 07 2011
Sharon Frisch

Praying for you, Amy.

11 07 2011
Jackie

Ain’t nothin’ you can’t handle!

11 07 2011
Carol Phillips

Amy, Kick this thing in the butt!

Praying your feel the physical presence of the Lords arm around you. Don also as I’m sure he is scared as well. You have a army out here bombarding heavens throne on your behalf.

Hugs Hugs and more Hugs

11 07 2011
Nik

My prayers and thoughts are with you Amy. Lets rally up the troops and get that Army built back up…hus to you

11 07 2011
Danielle

Praying for your recovery.

11 07 2011
Angele

Lots (and lots and lots…) of good thoughts headed your way, Amy. You’re a superstar – you’ve got this covered!

11 07 2011
Amber

Praying for you Amy! You are an inspiration.

11 07 2011
Amy Youngblood

Sending positive energy, light and love to you. You are young and strong remember that. No visualizations of old roach motels allowed!

11 07 2011
Cindy Straub

I’m praying and am sending positive energy and much love, Amy.

11 07 2011
Cindy Gabner

Get those negative thoughts out of your head Amy, unless you’ve grown another pair of legs that I don’t know about, Roach Motel doesn’t apply to you!. Sending you positive energy and thoughts, one step back two steps forward is the way you are headed. Love, hugs and prayers from Palmyra PA headed your way!

11 07 2011
Deborah Ann Peters

Amy, you are in my prayers. Take this time to give your body the rest that it needs.xoxo

11 07 2011
Marnie

Aim,
Jodi called and I just read your blog. I am praying for you and your docs. I hope that you are already getting the treatment and that the antibiotics can turn this problem around quickly. Please let me know what I can do to help you, Don or Theo. This is scary, but keep faith and feel God’s spirit support you. I love you.

11 07 2011
Amy

Holding you close in my heart.

11 07 2011
Lisa M

Okay. You can do this. You ARE doing this. Just keep on doing it, and i know you get through to the other side of it.

How can I help? I’m close by- I can watch Theo, I can bring dinner. Hell, I can mow the lawn and grocery shop. I realize Don isn’t likely to ask for help, but you all should know that you’ve got a bazillion people behind you, always. Love.

11 07 2011
Karen

So many people sending out good thoughts for you. We are all holding your hand.

11 07 2011
Kris and Bill Ritter

You are in our prayers…always.

11 07 2011
Elaine

You are in our thoughts and just look at the list of friends and family with you! You checked in and will check out of this MOTEL….stay strong AMY!!!

11 07 2011
Beth

(((hugs))) this too will pass… Positive..think positive!

11 07 2011
Sherri

You sure are loved Woman – let our prayers and love flow through your body, growing in exponentially in energy, healing AND WHITE BLOOD CELLS OF LOVE AND LIGHT!

11 07 2011
Molly MacDonald

Was just thinking about you and concerned something was amiss. . . . add my name to the prayer warriors . . . .

Molly

11 07 2011
Cathy Carey

You’re in my prayers.

11 07 2011
Marybeth Greene

Praying for a fast recovery. You got this girl!

11 07 2011
Kimberly DeMoss

Amy,
I am so sorry to hear this news. You’re a tough lady that can get through this and I will pray that you do. Keep on Keepin on Amy. =)

Hugs to you and your family!

11 07 2011
Elizabeth DeWaard

Amy–You are one tough cookie and will overcome this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Don and Theo. Keep your chin up. You can do this.

Betsy

11 07 2011
Kelly

I’m think of you!
Love kelly

11 07 2011
Mary Cox

Amy – “May the blessings of the God of Abraham be alive in you, for you and through you.” Prayers and thoughs are with you.

Mary

11 07 2011
Nicole Rollet

I am sorry to hear you are so sick Amy. My family (and your extended family the Quick’s) are all praying for you and praying for a speedy recovery from your infection. If you need anything, anything, please call me and that includes Moe and Joe (Quick) the extended family I spoke of…hehe:)
And we will be there in a heartbeat!! We Love you!!

Big hugs and kisses –
Nickie

11 07 2011
Kate

Amy, I’d be scared too, but you’re not fighting this latest battle alone. You’ve got love and prayer and medicine and your indomitable spirit supporting you.

11 07 2011
Sandy Sherman-Sarlund

As always Amy my thoughts & prayers are with you (along w/the whole Sherman clan). Let me know if there is ANYTHING you or your family needs.

11 07 2011
Helene Rabinowitz

Oh Amy, I just read your blog. You are surrounded by a bubble of love and prayer. May that buoy you up to get through this difficult patch; knowing so many of us are here to hold you up and support Don and Theo is hopefully a comfort to you and will help keep the fear at bay. Love you so.

11 07 2011
Walter Loesche

Amy,

I normally don’t pray, but will for you. Get well quick.

11 07 2011
Rachel

You will be in my prayers.

11 07 2011
lucy (meau's friend)

oh amy and don and theo–this is so much for you all to be going through. may God give each one of you all the courage,comfort, peace and healing that you need right now. amen lucy

11 07 2011
Leslie from California

Praying for you and your family, Amy. While I have been following your blog for some time, I have never posted. I am a breast cancer survivor myself so I know just a little what you’ve been going through – especially those shots. Praying for a speedy recovery and the antibiotics will work soon. God bless you and hang in there!!! Remember you have friends out here praying for you that you don’t even know about.

11 07 2011
Maija Kibens

Amy, I’m sending you all the most powerful vibes from meditating, and a thought picture of Casey dancing in the waves of Lake Huron with boundless energy, all to join your army!

11 07 2011
Rose Marie

Sending you a huge get well HUG. I am keeping you in my thoughts. Hang in there.

11 07 2011
Faith

Amy — Although I’ve never met you, you’re in my heart and prayers. You continue to touch so many lives with your wisdom, courage and honesty. An army of prayer warriors are storming heaven on your behalf. God bless you and keep you!

11 07 2011
Faith

Amy — Although I’ve never met you, you’re in my heart and prayers. You continue to touch so many lives with your wisdom, courage and honesty. An army of prayer warriors is storming heaven on your behalf. God bless you and keep you!

12 07 2011
Debby Neilson

Prayers and hugs never ending coming your way!!! Love you,Stay strong!

12 07 2011
Jennifer

More healing energy and prayers coming from the west coast. Peace and love.

12 07 2011
Lindsay Kalter

Amy, you’ll get through this. It’s just a hiccup–soon you’ll be back on your feet. I’ll be in town starting July 25; come early August our laughter will be echoing throughout the Rauch-Neilson household. Much love to you, Don and my buddy Theo.

12 07 2011
Evelyn Leonard

Marnie’s Aunt Evie, Amy, The whole Leonard family has kept up with your blogs, wears the wristbands and PRAYS every day for you, Don and Theo. We know you and are on your team. Just DO what the docs tell you and let us all do the MEGA PRAYING. LOVE and PRAYERS.

12 07 2011
Anne

Praying hard for you. Hugs, prayers and good juju to help you kick cancer’s ass.

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