He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
- Isaiah 40:29-31

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Long Day

I'll make this a quick post since I am exhausted. Joshua had his first spinal tap since last December with chemo into the spine today. The drug that they use to "dope" him up didn't work. He was hard to hold down and get into position. Thank God the doctor that was doing the procedure is extremely good and fast. She did the procedure in record time. It was the after effects that have made us decide that from now on we will start to go back to doing spinals in the OR. Well that and the fact that we can't promise to be able to hold him so well in the future. Joshua screamed and cried and was completely uncontrollable for about an hour afterward. Then it fell asleep and was kind of restless the rest of the time. While that part wasn't good, there were no complications from the procedure so we'll take what we can get.

On the other hand, in complete Joshua form, he asked for a happy meal on the way home and is now dancing to the theme song from Bob the Builder. I thank God for small things.


Anissa Mayhew said...

My gosh, is it bad spinal tap month? I'm so sorry Joshua had to suffer through this and I KNOW how hard it is on you to see. Poor baby.

Love and hugs for a better day tomorrow.

Brenda said...

Wow, most of us who would have been held down for a spinal today would have to take off the next 3 days from work to recover. Let alone be able to eat a happy meal and dance along a couple of hours later on. It's not fair - how come a little boy so tough eats steak and broccoli and still is unhealthy? Maybe you should try just letting him eat nothing but candy, cake and sodas and see if it has the adverse effect? Maybe it'll kill the cancer cells. I'm sure you are so ready to try whatever works! I give you all the credit in the world for what you all have to endure to go through these treatments. God Bless. And, on the Noah note, it's ok, he'll find his status on things soon enough. He's going through such a tough little time too, it's just hard adjusting. Keep up the incentives to help him out in school. I'm sure the simplest treats will help out. Maybe even a promise for some "alone" time with just Mommy or Daddy for 1/2 hour if he has a good day and does all of his work! I'm sure it will all come together soon. As always, will keep the fingers crossed for you! And pray. Love the "Oh Crap" attitude Joshua has. That's probably the attitude he needs to keep. "What the crap? It's only chemo and radiation. No problem." Like I said, tough children are the ones to admire the most! He is THAT!