April 03, 2008

Intensive Prayer Needed

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Because AML is such an aggressive form of Leukemia, the treatment protocol is also very aggressive. Studies have shown that there is an increased chance of cure when the second dose of chemotherapy is given almost immediately after the first dose, before the patient has had time to recover. But because the patient is hit so hard and made neutropenic (not having any infection fighting cells) for such a long time, there is also a greater risk of complication.

In the last few days, Luca has developed a serious and very painful infection in his intestines and skin, and has been working very hard to breath. He's been working so hard, in fact, that the nurses are amazed he's been able to keep up such a high oxygen level. In order to make sure we stay one step ahead of things, however, we're moving to the pediatric intensive care unit tonight. This way, we'll already be in the right place should Luca's situation move a step or two in the wrong direction.

Once Luca's white cells return, they should quickly fight off all of his ailments. Patient's typically begin regaining their white cells between approximately 14 to 21 days after their last does of chemo. Luca is on day 12. In order to contain the infection until then, he'll be relying on a strong regiment of antibiotics, blood and platelet transfusions, and all of our thoughts and prayers. So please help out Luca with some extra prayers and positive thoughts over the next week. We're staying positive and hopeful, and hope you will too.

Comments

Dear Manal and Greg I send all my love and prayers to you and to your baby luca I'm hoping and I'm praying to hear good news regarding his breathing . All my love to you.
Love you Mona & family .

Dear Manal and Greg I send all my love and prayers to you and to your baby luca I'm hoping and I'm praying to hear good news regarding his breathing . All my love to you.
Love you Mona & family .

Greg,Manal and Sweet Luca,
You and all your families,doctors & nurses have been added to my church's prayer list. My pastor said a special prayer last night for wisdom and healing from the Lord. God bless you.
Nan

Greg and Manal,

May God continue to give you the strength you need and remain by Lucas' side at all times.

All our Love,

Bob,Tina, Stacy and Alyssa

Let God continue to watch over you guys!!!!

Love,
Nicole

We're praying all the time here for Luca's fast recovery. He's on my (Lisa's) church's prayer list as well and my priest is praying for him too.

Keep hanging in there, tough little guy. We love you!!

Love, Lisa, Faris, Jacob and Emilie

p.s. Someone thought there was a way to donate blood and have it transferred there?... I didn't think so, but if possible, I have O negative and would be happy to donate if I can... Let me know if it's possible- Lisa


Manal, Greg, & Luca,
We pray for your continued strength and endurance. We love all of you with all of our hearts.

Tony, Kristyn, Madalyne & Anthony

O Lord our God, Who by a word alone did heal all diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness; Who are able to put aside every sickness and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to Your servant LUCA VASSALLO and cure him of every sickness of which he is grieved; and send down upon him Your great mercy, and if it be Your will, give to him health and a complete recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Both now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen

Greg, Manal and Baby Luca,

You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers, may God Bless Luca and continue to give him the strength to get through this.

Love Nageeb, Shaden and Natalie

May God be with you during this difficult time. Luca, Greg and Manal, you continue to be in our daily prayers. Luca is a fighter! Although we are far away, you are in our hearts!

All of our love,
Your cousins in NC!

May God be with you during this difficult time. Luca, Greg and Manal, you continue to be in our daily prayers. Luca is a fighter! Although we are far away, you are in our hearts!

All of our love,
Your cousins in NC!

Dear Greg, Manal, and Baby Luca:
I have been reading your blog and praying for you and your family nonstop. You are going to get to the other side of this. I have cared for families in similar situations and know that God is with you. You are in the very best of hands at MSK. Please know that we are thinking of you.
Pax,
Kate (Clarke) Gregory

Dear Luca, Manal, and Greg,

With all hearts and love, we keep you in our thoughts. We've lit a candle to send strength and to send courage. We love you.
Rose, Michael, and Tess

Manal, Greg, & Baby Luca,

Stay strong and keep the faith. Your in our thoughts and prayers at all times. We love you!

Love, The Lampmans

Hey Luca!

you hang in there and keep up the good work, you are strong...a real miracle baby. and you are so, so cute! you are in my prayers always.
how inspiring to read all of these wonderful messages and to know that we are all pulling for luca, the zraik and vasallo families.
when you're down to nothing God's up to something.

i love you all. stay strong and faithful.

Dear Manal, Greg, and Little Luca,

We are saddened by the most recent news. We have been saying the below prayer every night, and hope you find comfort in our lord.

O Holy Father, heavenly Physician of our souls and bodies, who hast sent thine Only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to heal all our ailments and deliver us from death: do thou visit and heal thy servant LUCA VASSALLO, granting him release from pain and RESTORATION to health and vigor, that he may give thanks unto thee and bless thy holy Name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

God Bless you Luca, our prayers are with you.

Manal and Greg, we wish you strength from God. Our prayers and thoughts are with you ALWAYS.

We love you SOOOO MUCH, hang in there and trust in GOD.

LOVE,
Jenny, Aunti Sophie, Jeff, Julie, Kurt and Family

May God continue to give you all the strength needed to continue this fight. You are all in our constant thoughts and prayers. AJ wanted to let Baby Luca know he things he's doing great and said to stay strong and keep fighting baby!! They say the Lord won't give us more than we can handle, sometimes that seems almost impossible to believe, but continue to stay strong and have faith.
All our love and constant thoughts and prayers!!
Michelle, Alex, Nicole, AJ, & Michael

I love you and I'm praying for you from the seat of my soul.

Stay strong...they say you have to hit bottom before you can swim back up. We love you and know you will pull through this. We are saying extra prayers for you. i am also sending a big ole' hug your way!! xo
Marisa, Pete, and Otis

Luca,
Stay strong little guy! We think of you and your parents often. Lots of hope and love sent your way.

You are on our minds all day and night. We continue to pray everyday for your speedy recovery. God is with you and will help you through this difficult time.
Luca, we love you! Stay strong and keep fighting.
All our love,
The Craig's

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family in this time of need! May Luca have a speedy recover!

Love All Of Us Here at Diane's Image Professionals

Stay stong little buddy. You can fight through this. We love you and keep the faith. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.

Stay stong little buddy. You can fight through this. We love you and keep the faith. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.

Stay stong little buddy. You can fight through this. We love you and keep the faith. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.

St. Jude, the glorious apostle faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the patron of hopeless cases of things despaired of, pray for our child, Luca, who is sick and so miserable. Make use we implore you of this particular privilege accorded to you, to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired. Come to our assistance in this great time of need, that we may receive the consolations and succor of Heaven in all our necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly to help our child, Luca, to get better from his illness and to give him good health and to guide his path, and that we may bless God with you and all the elect forever. We promise you, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and we will never cease to honor you as our special and powerful patron and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.

Our prayers are with you Baby Luca,

Nabil, Irene, Rina & Tanya

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