The oncologist informed Chandra and Cody this morning that the CT scan showed that the nodules on Jessica's lungs had decreased dramatically. This is great news! The chemotherapy is doing it's job! The tube that was inserted in Jessica's side is still there draining fluid. This tube has been causing Jessica a lot of discomfort. Hopefullly the tube can be removed soon. It is so hard to see Jessica in any pain but it is through these procedures that Jessica will recover more quickly. It is crazy to think that only 2 weeks ago Jessica was leading a normal 4 year old's life. We know she must have been experiencing some discomfort but was so tough she never said a word. The toughness Jessica has always had will definitely help her get through the next few months.
With school starting back up on Tuesday, there will be a lot of changes in the Schmitt family's routine. Grandma Schmitt (Cody's mom) will head to St. George on Monday with Cody, Annalise, Alyson and Caleb. Cody will go back to work on Tuesday and Annalise and Alyson will be back at school on Tuesday. Grandma Chipman (Chandra and I's mom) will stay in Salt Lake with Chandra, Jacob and Jessica. Our mom teaches 5th grade in St. George but has arranged a sub for the time being. Our sister Lydia will also be headed to Salt Lake on Sunday or Monday. She will be there to help with Jessica and Jacob. Lydia is a RN at Dixie Regional Hospital in St. George and has arranged her work schedule so that she can help. It is at times like these that having a big supportive family is such a blessing. Chandra is the oldest of 8 kids. When I say big family, I mean it :). She has always been an amazing sister and such a great example to all of us siblings. We were also more than thrilled when Cody became part of the family. Together they make a perfect team and are raising some great kids. We love them and are so grateful for their strength at this difficult time, it is an incredible example for all of us.
Sara (Chandra's sister)