Merciful and Faithful Lord, because of your great love, we are not consumed, for Your compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is our portion; therefore we will wait for Him. Lord, You are good to those whose hope is in You, to those who seek You. Thank You Lord for new mercies each day. (praying God's word from Lamentations 3:22-25)
God has been so faithful to us right from the beginning of this journey to the other side of this awful cancer. MD Anderson is one of, if not THE top hospital for the treatment of Leukemia. Not everyone gets to start their treatment there. God has paved the way for James. Those events of the first day are such a blur to all of us, but not to God. It was crystal clear. Now several days later, we are catching on and are so grateful. The name of James' wonderful doctor at MDA is Dr. Wells in case you would like to be specific in your prayers. We are blessed to be in such a cutting-edge, up to date treatment program under the care this particular doctor.
James received another blood transfusion this afternoon. It was well underway and his vitals looked great when I had to go. This was at the end of my day with them, but I suppose I should start at the beginning. Thank you for praying last night (some of you must've been up late doing so) because miraculously, they all got a fairly good night's rest. James got to get a bath before having his CVC(central venous catheter...the line in his chest) flushed and the sterile dressing changed by Joy, with some help from Greg and I keeping James still. This was a big step for everyone. James was very brave and Joy remembered how to do everything just right. She had to "test out" doing that task before they can be discharged. The earliest day they will be going home is Saturday, provided all is going well at that point. Which brings me to the big prayer focus of today.
The next two days will be fairly easy days as far as treatment goes. Just the steroids, which are a very bitter oral preparation. Then on Friday, James will undergo another bone marrow aspiration. This is when we want to hear the words , "James is a rapid early responder. The blasts in his marrow are down to less than 5%." Be specific in asking the Lord for that. We ask in faith and we believe God will do in this situation as He has all along...show HIS faithfulness. Obviously, in our finite minds we do not wish to consider the other words we may hear, but have been prepared by the nurses for the chance that he could be classified as a slow early responder, meaning that the blast cells would still be decreased, but not quite at the less than 5% mark. At which point the road map for his treatment would be adjusted a bit. Either way God is Faithful. Let us be faithful in prayer. Let us place our hope in Him and seek Him earnestly.