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Friday, July 3, 2009

Beginning July

Amy had a bad surprise in the past few days when her second port failed. It caused some abdominal internal bleeding and she was hospitalized for a day in a medically induced coma. We were of course concerned, but Fritz happens to specialize in internal repairs, so he took the helm and made sure the clotting proceeded along in the best possible way. What this means is that she will now double her remaining chemotherapy doses through the chest port. We will still probably finish on time and she's had one of these double doses already so we know that it doesn't really cause any extra discomfort to get the medicine that way. At the end of July, Amy will undergo a surgery to remove the broken port from her abdomen and at the same time, Dr. Zampolloch will look to see whether any nodes have reestablished themselves.

We also lost Fritz's foster father on Sunday. "Grandpa Ken" was a tremendous force for good in this world. He served the Lord in all he pursued and was one of the principle people who helped Fritz become the man he is today. We loved Ken Homer very much and the loss is deeply felt, although our faith is that he is in the care of our Savior now and is enjoying freedom from the body which had of late hurt him.


  1. I'm so sorry Amy! You are beautiful! My condolences to the Schmutz family over the loss of Fritz' Father.

  2. Amy, you are a tough lady. It is amazing to see you go thru this with such grace and faith. Thank you for your testimony today. It was good to see you. You are an inspiration to all of us. Condolences to all of you on the loss of your father-in-law. May the Lord continue to bless you and may all go well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love, Bibi
    PS: I loved Anton's volcano movie. He is awesome.

  3. Rebecca HallidayJuly 5, 2009 at 7:49 PM


    I was sorry to hear that you have gone through a tougher time than usual. Please know that you are in my prayers and I think about you all the time. Let Fritz know that I am sorry for his loss.


  4. I am so sorry that you continue to face such challenges. I know that your husband is a man of wisdome and is a tremendous doctor. I have had the pleasure of knowing that his ability in spirtual and medical areas are far beyond the norm, so I know he is your best support. We love you both and will continue to keep you in our prayers. Lynda and Steve

  5. Amy,I'm sorry you are having more trials to undergo. You are a strong person and have a strong support system. My prayers are with you and with your family in the loss of Fritz's foster dad as well.
    Love & Prayers,