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

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Winter that Just Won't Quit!

I haven't updated the blog in a while. Well, we've been busy as usual. And as usual that busy involves numerous trips to the doctor for all three kids. Today is was Adams turn. Last week, it was Noah. Wednesday, we'll be in the hospital with Joshua for more chemo. See a pattern here. Noah is recovering from a nasty cough that involved neb treatments, antibiotic and steriods and Adam has just started an antibiotic for a sinus infection. Joshua has had a runny nose since June. Thank God Jeff and I are usually healthy. Between co pays and doctor bills, we'd be in the poor house if Jeff and I needed medical attention. Of course I say that as I visited the dentist on Friday and had a $350 co pay for a crown. Ouch from the cost and not the dental work! ;-)

Anyway, we're here and surviving. J-man is doing well overall. He didn't make counts two weeks ago and therefore missed a week of chemo. We resumed last week even though his platelets were only at 73 and needed to be at 75. I'm praying he makes counts this week and we can keep forging ahead as scheduled. Right now, it looks like it will be June/July before we hit maintenance. Come on summer!

We have been able to enjoy some time with the boys. This past weekend, we made a quick day trip to OC for some Thrashers fries and Fisher's popcorn. Well actually Jeff and I made the trip to the boardwalk with Joshua and Jeff's mom tagging along. Joshua thought he might miss out on some food and while the other two decided to stay at Jeff's parents beach house with their Bud, Joshua had his shoes and coat on the minute he heard popcorn. But, it was a relaxing day and we enjoyed the family time with the boys. We hope that this summer brings a few more family trips and a lot less stress. Joshua will still be in treatment but we'll work around that minor problem.