Updates & Prayer for Ginny Smith

November 17, 2007

Update November 17, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginnysmith @ 6:44 pm

Dear family & friends,

 This morning I marked off another day on the calendar hanging on the wall at the foot of Ginny’s bed. We do this every morning rejoicing one more day is behind us and having the hope of another day. It is day 13 since she entered the hospital. The days have been long and tedious. She has pretty much hit all the markers they anticipated for her. For example, yesterday, as predicted, her white blood count dropped to .02. Basically that is as low as it can get. That meant she would likely get a fever. She did. They gave her antibiotics. Her fever this morning is down. They said her blood count will start bouncing back tomorrow or Monday as her stem-cells start doing what they do by making white, red and platelet blood cells. Amazing how God made stem-cells to produce exactly what is needed to protect her body from infection. She will not be able to go home until her counts are much higher. We hope that will be by Thanksgiving.

We would appreciate your prayers for us to be able to go home by then. I am not sure we are going to make it but it would be one of our greatest celebrations. Our daughter Christy and her husband Craig are planning on having all the family over to their house this year. This has been our privilege for over 30 years. How nice to have our kids assume the tradition. It is another reason to be thankful.

I hope to update this report when we know more about her being discharged from the hospital. We feel blessed and cared for by you and especially the Lord. How awesome to rest in His safe and strong arms.

With gratitude

Don & Ginny



  1. I am continuing to pray for you, and now praying that you will be able to be home for Thanksgiving.


    Comment by Alycia Orndorff (Stevens) — November 18, 2007 @ 3:05 am |Reply

  2. El Pastor & Ginny —

    We too will pray that you can be here for Thanksgiving. Tonight when we were praying with the boys we asked Eli to pray for Ginny, he said, “Mrs. Smith is still sick, why isn’t she better”? We explained that cancer is a bit more complicated than his typical runny nose. I was in Bakersfield a few weeks ago and thought of Ginny as carrots were being harvested in a nearby field; if Ginny were there at the time she might think it a good spot to glean for free fresh vegitables. They were also harvesting cotton nearby but I doubt she had the machinery and skill to turn raw cotton into free sweaters back in the day.
    Anyway, we love and miss you both and are anxious for your return.

    The Voris Family

    Comment by Voris Family — November 18, 2007 @ 5:22 am |Reply

  3. Dear Don and Ginny,
    It is so good to hear that things are going as they should. It sounds like there have been some bad (very bad) times, but that they were expected. We are praying that the worst is over and that you will be home for Thanksgiving. Sometimes it is hard to pass the baton on to our kids, but I’m so glad that they can all be together.
    We miss you! It was good to see the pictures that Barb took when they visited you. Ginny, you look sooooo cute in your hats.
    I’m not just saying that to be nice. You really did look cute!!!
    I’m looking forward to being one of your chefs. Your wish is our command! As long as it is on your official list!!
    Our prayers and love are with you,
    Sally and Gary

    Comment by Sally Keller — November 18, 2007 @ 5:23 am |Reply

  4. Dear El Pastor and Senora Ginny,

    We sooo miss you both!! It seems like longer than 17 days. Arnie continues to faithfully sends us updates. We are praying for these tricky little cells to do their incredible work and help your body heal!

    I thought I would like you know what is happening on Broken Bit.
    Matt and Shirley have moved with their two little girls to Coto de Caza. Wow!! It’s wonderful to have them so close.

    Ricky and Nicole and their three little ones are coming for a pre-Christmas visit. We will have a true family reunion as my sister and her family are coming in as well.

    Needless to say we haven’t been together in a long time….years, I think since all the families combined for a reunion.

    We ran into Dave Keck at church and he told Matt that he had type 1 diabetes. Wow!! We were shocked….maybe that explains his other ailments? Matt talked to him about a pump. They said they will keep in contact.

    The church family seems really close to me this year. We are all united in prayer for you and especially this time of year we are so very THANKFUL for you!

    Comment by Babs & Doc — November 18, 2007 @ 8:27 pm |Reply

  5. Hi Don and Ginny- Another great sermon today- What an awesome church we have!!I’m so thankful for your leadership, Don, and for you, Ginny, being his strong supporter!! We are all praying for you, here, and will be more specific that you can come home for Thanksgiving. We miss you so very much. Keep fighting! Love always- The Crandall Clan

    Comment by Kristin Crandall — November 19, 2007 @ 6:35 am |Reply

  6. I will pray that you can be home for Thanksgiving. I have been praying for strength, persverance, stamina, and courage for both of you almost every night and then I realized that we all need those things in dealing with “life’s little detours.”

    God bless you and encourage you both.


    Comment by Kathleen Schlick — November 20, 2007 @ 12:00 am |Reply

  7. We are praying all is going as planned. You are in our prayers Ginny- we won’t forget!!!!
    Much love to you both-
    Bonnie G.

    Comment by Bonnie George — November 20, 2007 @ 1:43 am |Reply

  8. Hi Don & Ginny,

    We continue to hold you up in prayer. Thank you again for keeping us posted.

    Here is a Scripture that may be helpful. This verse is claimed by Teresa Evans from Forest Home. She used it in her last news letter. She is fighting a battle with cancer.
    II Cor. 4:17-18;
    “Therefore, we do not loose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweights them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

    We so admire your courage and your faith and trust in our Lord, Jesus Christ.

    God bless,
    Jack & Diana Cranny

    Comment by Diana Cranny — November 24, 2007 @ 1:16 am |Reply

  9. My girl, Ginny,
    You are an amazing women. I’m so happy to hear of all the positive progress. I know God is guiding you through this horrific maze to a safe and healthy end. I’m on my daughter Jen’s computer as we sit in my other daughter’s living room watching our grandson play. This is what it’s all about isn’t it? We arrived in NC on Mon and will be leaving in a few hours. We drove down so we could bring our dogs. My son-in-law teases Tom and I about always preparing meals when we visit. I think it’s a wonderful experience to have family around the table sharing food and lively conversation. Families just don’t do enough of that these days. I hope you were able to be home for Thanksgiving, but if not, Christmas is just around the corner, and what a gift your cure will be. I hope to be in CA around April 17-25. I look forward to seeing you. God bless you and all your caregivers. Love you, Rose

    Comment by Rose Dowling — November 24, 2007 @ 4:13 pm |Reply

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