Today was a better day for Collin. Today was the first time in over a week that he hasn’t thrown up. He made it through the whole day! He didn’t eat well at all for breakfast- wanted to make pancakes and then didn’t even take a bite. I’ve learned not to push him on this stuff because when we push him to eat he ends up losing it anyway. So he ended up getting a fun visit from Patricia and snuggled up next to her and begged her to play legos and everything. He had a lot of fun with her (and hopefully she doesn’t mind that I stole two of her pictures to post on here…) Then he ate a waffle for lunch because he didn’t like the choc. cool whip on his pancake. Although you make think he’s picky- unfortunately this is part of it. We have to give him whatever we can to eat and if he doesn’t like one thing then we don’t push it. Because things don’t taste the same for him. Then he took a descent nap and so did mom (which was good because I didn’t get too much sleep tonight) and he got up before I did and played. Then Grandpa and dad got here around the same time and that was the beginning of playing all night long. It is wonderful to see him laugh and have enough energy to actually play- although I’m sure he’ll sleep really well tonight as he hasn’t been this active in a few weeks. I made him a supper that he wanted tonight and he ate a few bites and again drank a lot- he lives on milk now! He didn’t eat as much as I had wanted so he promised to eat more later. I read last night on the national cancer society page that it helps patients with nausea and vomiting if they eat smaller portions more frequently. So that is what I’ve been trying to let him do today. Just as long as he gets calories in all day and I can try and monitor protein intake- because I really want to make sure he gets some. So after playing with grandpa he did eat more potatoes and cranberries. He also had some yogurt too. I’m so excited that we got food in today and that it stayed. I pray the next few days continue to be like that so that he can be stronger going into this next round of chemo which is again a very tough round for him with nausea. We do have our scan on Monday at 10:30 and I am going to venture a prediction that we will hear the scan results on Wednesday from the doctor when he is admitted for his next round of chemo. So then we will go from there. As his mom, I am praying that there is no tumor left or a very small amount. Although this is not likely, God can do anything- so I will continue to pray for that in spite of the odds.
I will be honest that the scan completely terrifies me. The bone marrow biopsy was the first thing that showed us if the chemo was working but this scan shows us the bigger picture on the tumor and it’s location and where we will go from here. It is my understanding that the surgeons and doctors will discuss the scan before meeting with us and will present it to us once they have met. So please pray for wisdom for the doctors as well. Anyway, enough for now as I’m going to try and sleep. Thank you to all of you who continue to pray- there are no words to express how much we appreciate it.
p.s. His medicine taking has gone very well since we switched to the pill form! Hallelujah!
* Mom being able to return home and dad’s BP returning to a more normal rate.
* A full day of no vomiting and descent eating for Collin.
* A great visit with Patricia- Collin even wanted her to stay overnight!
* A day filled with laughter, smiling, and playing. For the first day in weeks- there was energy!
* A God who answers prayers and who loves me unconditionally.
* For my mom’s continued healing and dad’s BP to stay in the normal range.
* For Collin’s scans to show that the chemo has killed his tumor and not just the good cells.
* That Collin will be able to continue to eat well and that he might continue to have energy.
* That Collin would recover fast from this next round of chemo- so that if surgery is necessary that he will be as healthy as possible.
* That the C-diff will go away rather fast and that he would not get any other sickness while his numbers are still recovering.
* That Collin would continue to feel the presence of God through all his procedures and chemo’s.
* That everyone involved in his treatment and everyone who reads his updates or follows what is going on will be positively affected by all of this experience and that everyone will know the power of God throughout this journey!
* That Tom and I will have courage and strength as we go into our meeting with the doctors this week and please say a special prayer for me as well on Monday as I take Collin for his scan… even though I know that the scan is just showing us what is already there or not there, it still makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about having to go.