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

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A few more gray hairs

It's been quite a night. First, let me start off by saying that Joshua has not made blood counts for the past two weeks. The chemo is finally catching up to him and his little body needed a rest. He managed to make counts on Monday and we checked into Hotel Hopkins for three days of chemo. His blood antibodies were also on the low side so we had to give him some of them. That's where the trouble started.

Overnight last night and into this morning, and in between doses of chemo, Joshua was given the IVIG. It was infused over a few hours and just as the last drops were going in, he woke up with rapid breathing, low blood pressure, seemed to be in pain and a few other symptoms. His nurse came in and she immediately called the doctor. Then, they called other doctors and finally pushed the red button on the wall that you never push unless it's an emergency. We had about 15 people in the room and everyone was crowed around Joshua. Finally after flushing out the IVIG, giving some Benedryl and Tylenol, he seems to be doing better. His heart rate is still a little high but improving. He is still going to get his last dose of Ara-C and that makes me nervous. The Ara-C is the chemo that can cause fevers and he has had one since we started it on Monday. With this most recent episode, it got up to 103.3. I just want to get this last bit of chemo in and go home where things can return to our "normal."

So, that's a quick update. Please keep our little guy in your prayers that his body can handle the effects of the chemo and he can keep those fevers down. Oh, and maybe a little prayer for his parents to be able to withstand all the stress!


Rita & Scott said...

We are praying for you all! Keep strong and no fevers for Joshua!!

Anissa Mayhew said...

That fear of being pushed away so the "professionals" can help is so sickening. We did that once and I know that I have never prayed as hard as I did in those minutes. I'm so terribly sorry that this happened to Joshua, that you're all suffering through it again. I wish I could take it away.

You know we'll be praying you through each and every day.