Getting Close!

We are getting close to completing round 3 of biochemo! As always, it’s not been any fun…but all in all Greg has tolerated it well. As tough as our journey has been, the Lord continues to bless us with His goodness and faithfulness every day. In my last post I mentioned that the cardiologist was considering starting Greg on a heart medication tomorrow. This would be a medication that he would probably have to take for the rest of his life. This decision was being based on the results of an echocardiogram that was done this past Monday. The results showed that the ejection fraction of his heart was below normal. Well, another member of the cardiac team came in yesterday and said that they had gotten the head of the echo department to re-read Greg’s echo. It was determined that although his ejection fraction had gone down some, it was still in the normal range! So…no medication needed! Thank you Lord!

Greg is now finished with his two IV chemo drugs. His last bag of IL-2 should finish tonight around 2am. He still has one more dose of the oral chemo and one more interferon injection that he will get tonight. There is a slim chance that he could be discharged tomorrow, but we are figuring it won’t be until Tuesday.

We finally got a good bit of uninterrupted sleep last night! That in itself, makes Greg feel a bit better (me too!!). Today has been a pretty good day so far. Greg’s appetite is still not great, but he is drinking a little more. Despite him eating very little, he has gained about 23 pounds since we’ve been here! Of course, this is all fluid and he should lose most of it before we go home. The “chemo burn” has been much less for him this cycle and he seems to have stopped losing his hair. Greg has been out once today walking laps around the unit. He is doing a little work on the computer now, and then we’ll probably walk a few more laps. I went outside both yesterday and today for a short while to just read and get some fresh air. It felt good just to get out of the building for a bit.

The kids seem to be doing well while we’ve been gone this week. Katie enjoyed some off time from camp on Friday and Saturday, and some time to get refueled as her last group of campers arrived today. She said that she feels like she’s getting sick again. She just went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago, because the nurses at camp thought she might have strep throat. The strep test was negative and the doctor said that it was just a virus. She was feeling better within a couple of days, but now is starting to feel bad again. Please pray that she feels better quickly.

Emilie has been busy working and visiting with friends and family while we’ve been gone. She also volunteered to make a meal to take to a Mom in our homeschool group that has a newborn and also just recently had some surgery. Emilie planned, shopped for, prepared and delivered the meal all by herself! I just love her compassionate heart! She is also getting ready to leave for church camp tomorrow. It makes me sad to not be there to see her off. I’m sure she’ll be fine, but it just doesn’t seem right to not be there when she leaves.

Jacob has had a fun week hanging out with friends and family. One of his friends had planned a surprise birthday party for Jake this past Tuesday! Jake’s birthday was in May and we had family celebrations, but we had meant to have a party for him and some of his friends. With all that has been going on…it just didn’t happen. So, one of his friends asked his Mom if they could plan a surprise party for Jake….and after seeing the pictures and talking to Jake, I’d say he was definitely surprised! I think they all had a great time!

We are so very thankful for all of the people that the Lord has put in our lives to love on us, support us, and care for us during this time in our lives. It’s a hard road, but I don’t even want to imagine how much harder it would be without all of you! We pray blessings on you as you each have been such a blessing to us! “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

These are our current prayer requests:
1. That our family would handle our current circumstances in a way that pleases the Lord and points others to Him
2. That Greg would continue to tolerate this round of treatment
3. That the drugs that he is taking would be an effective tool that the Lord uses in ridding Greg’s body of ALL cancer
4. That whether we are discharged tomorrow or Tuesday, the flights would work in our favor and that Greg would tolerate the travel
5. That Katie would begin to feel better and be able to enjoy her last two weeks at camp
6. That Emilie would be able to get everything together for camp without us there. That they would have safe travels and that they would see a mighty work of the Lord in the lives of the students throughout the week.
7. I know this one seems a bit insignificant…but Greg would really love to be home and be able to watch the All Stars game with Jake on Tuesday night. God cares about the little things too….right??

The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness You restore him to full health. Psalm 41:3

But I will hope continually and will praise You yet more and more. Psalm 71:14

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura
    Jul 14, 2013 @ 22:23:05

    will check on Emilie at camp & make sure she has everything she needs!

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  2. sandra
    Jul 14, 2013 @ 22:26:57

    Thank you so much Laura! I didn’t know that you were going. Hope you all have a great week!

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  3. Bethany Johnson
    Jul 14, 2013 @ 22:37:44

    Beautiful words and scripture! Thank you for sharing your heart and cares with us. I join you in praying for the specific requests (even making it home for the game:) Love Bethany

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  4. Valerie Martin
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 09:18:27

    Thank you for the family update. You are in my thoughts and prayers. We KNOW that we serve an ALMIGHTY GOD and I KNOW HE has your family in the palm of His hand. Keep your spirit man strong in the Word! Praying for your requests… God Bless

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  5. kddmyers
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 09:39:37

    He sure does care about the little things! Praying for you.

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  6. sonya
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 11:09:29

    Thank you for sharing your story with us through this blog. It is a joy to be able to intercede for you guys. You are in my thoughts and prayers often. Love you guys

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