Updates & Prayer for Ginny Smith

November 11, 2007

Update November 10, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginnysmith @ 1:16 am

Dear family & friends,

 I am now updating this report from Cedar’s Sinai in a stem-cell isolation room with Ginny. We entered the hospital on Monday as planned. Since then everything seems to be going as anticipated. She had stout chemo on Monday & Tuesday. On Wednesday the nausea began and continues to about 30 minutes ago. She hasn’t really eaten for about three days but still struggles with nausea.

Ginny shows great stamina and determination. The days are long. We look at the calendar on the wall and can’t wait to mark off another day. Right now we are looking at least ten more days. That is pretty daunting. The old worn out saying, “take one day at a time” is absolutely true and necessary. I have been able to use my laptop to study, plan, write and surf the net. It is a window to the family, church and world. I’ve also enjoyed using it for playing music to break up the routine. I have been able to leave her at night to sleep at a near by condo offered to me during our stay. What a blessing this has been to get a good night of sleep!

We have had to limit visiting because Ginny’s white cell count has dropped (as anticipated) to about zero. To this point she hasn’t had a fever yet. That is expected in the next two or three days. Infection is common. They are prepared to assault the infection with various antibiotics. With all the medication she goes in and out of sleep during the day yet still sleeps hard at night.

Your prayers are much appreciated. Pray for Ginny’s physical, emotional and spiritual stamina. This is an ordeal that tests faith and resolve. We believe prayer is carrying us along every day. We look forward to getting out of isolation and returning to our wonderful home to see all our family and friends on Thanksgiving…. even if it means looking through a glass window.

Thanks for all your care and concern. I’ll try to keep you informed as we progress.

Don & Ginny



  1. Hi,
    I just read a great reminder when we are supposed to be always thankful- Praise God for His presence,Psalm 75:1- We give thanks to Thee,oh God, We give thanks,for thy name is near.We give thanks for God’s provision. Addrift at sea in the midst of a raging storm ( like you), Paul nevertheless was grateful to God for the food He provided.( ACts 27:35) Also thankful for His pardon(Romans 6:17)Also thankful for the promise. “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Finally thankful for God’s purpose. ( Romans 8:28)
    I cannot imagine what you are going through- praying for both of you daily.Love,Bonnie G. ( Maybe this will help in your prayers- of thanksgiving during This storm- it has helped me.)

    Comment by Bonnie George — November 11, 2007 @ 10:11 pm |Reply

  2. And I can’t even begin to understand just how daunting this is for you and Ginny, but, you have made it from Mon. Nov 5 to today, and that’s saying something don’t you agree? Don, thank you for your continued reporting. It’s certainly helpful for us to be kept in the loop. I pray that each day brings Ginny closer to feeling better and closer to a healed body. I’m sure you’ve heard all the cliches by now, but living one day at a time is truly all any of us can do whatever our journey. I pray that God gives you both the strength and determination to continue this fight for a life together of happiness and restored health. In Jesus’ name we pray. Love to you both, Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — November 12, 2007 @ 6:56 pm |Reply

  3. Hi Don and Ginny,

    We are lifting you up daily here. Don, thank you for all your updates! You do such a wonderful job keeping us all informed, and letting us know how to pray for you.

    Dear Lord,

    We are grateful that Don and Ginny both are able to get a good night’s rest and that Don can stay so close. We are grateful for all the medical team that is working with Ginny. Lord, please give them Your wisdom and skill. You, Lord, know Ginny and what her needs are. We thank you for all the wonderful friends and family that are lifting you all up in prayer. God, we are so grateful for Ginny and all she means to all of us. Please hold both Don and Ginny in the palm of Your Hand and grant them the peace that passes all understanding. Amen

    Comment by Diana Cranny — November 12, 2007 @ 8:22 pm |Reply

  4. ” From this side of glory we see the tapestry from underneath, and its full of knots and twisted threads and frayed ends that lack meaning and beauty. From Gods perspective, it is all under control” Charles Swindoll
    What a Friend we have in Jesus…..
    Upholding you both in prayer
    Mark and Cherie

    Comment by Mark and Cherie Day — November 15, 2007 @ 3:47 am |Reply

  5. Dearest Ginny,

    I hurt when I read what you are going through. I am amazed at your stamina, but I can see the origin of your strength. I think about you and I pray for your health and recovery. I’m thankful for the small strides in your recovery and I am earnestly praying for a complete and total healing. Thank-you, Don, for keeping us posted. You are both loved.

    Debby James

    Comment by Debby James — November 16, 2007 @ 5:28 am |Reply

  6. Hi Don and Ginny,
    We love you and eagerly await to see you. We pray that your strength will be renewed daily and that the tough days will go by quickly.
    We miss you.

    Carlos, Tavia and the Reyes kids.

    Comment by The Reyes Family — November 17, 2007 @ 8:08 am |Reply

  7. Hi Don & Ginny,

    These are the scriptures that our church prayer chain sent in reponse for prayers for your healing. I thought I’d pass them on to you, so that you know that there is a whole world out there praying for you, and hopefully they will give you courage, encouragement, and God’s peace that passes all understanding.

    Deut. 31:6 (TLB)- “Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid of them! For the Lord your God will be with you. He will neither fail you nor forsake you.”

    2 Cor. 12:9 – “He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

    Dear Lord Jesus, Please watch over my dear friend Ginny and her family tonight. Please give them all your healing rest. Please give all her doctors and care givers wisdom and skill and tender loving hearts. Lord, You are the Great Physician. You know what Ginny needs. Please guide all those who care for her in Your directions. Thank you, Lord, for all those who are in her care giving and treatment. Thank you for all the medical knowledge, equipment and treatments that are available today.
    I ask all this through the precious name of Jesus. Amen

    Comment by Diana Cranny — November 28, 2007 @ 2:39 am |Reply

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