Friday, August 10, 2007

Happier Times

Well we got through last night and it was every bit of what we thought it would be. Greg took the bulk of the night getting up with James. I think he woke every 45 minutes. At 3:15 Greg came to the room and said "I don't know what else to do, he won't go to sleep." I got up and took the shift from 3:15am until my mom was up and ready at 5am. We headed to MDA around 6am. We got there and had his labs drawn and waited...... It took all of us to get through the waiting period before his procedures. Greg and I have talked about it--there is nothing worse than to see your child so unhappy and not be able to do a thing about it. There are so many times that I wish it was me that was going through this so he wouldn't have to. But despite the unhappiness, James is quite a trooper and very easily forgiving.

They took him a little early and both his procedures went great. We will know more about his bone marrow when we go back to the doctor on Wednesday. We got great news that his counts are rising. For the next week and a half, he gets a break from medicine. Yesterday was the official last day of steroids. Praise God! He is already acting like the James we know and has slept more this afternoon than he did the last 3 days. In his next round of chemo, the biggest side effect is low white blood cell, platelet, and hemoglobin counts so we will continue to be very careful so that he doesn't get an infection.

Thank you for your prayers, love, and support. We are truly grateful.


The Marlers said...

Greg, Joy & James,

Just a note to let you know that you are in our daily prayers. I think of you often throughout the day and pause to pray for you (& your pregnancy) and count every blessing that we are given. What amazing parents James has!! I love being able to keep up with what specific prayers he is needing through this site. I check it daily! Keep blogging! Stay strong Baby James!

Brandon, Sharla & girls

Lori Hamilton Osborne said...

Greg, Joy, James and Paula,

I am so glad to hear James rested better yesterday. AND you are right, there is NOTHING worse than seeing your child hurt and be able to do nothing. I think every good parent has experienced that, however, when you are walking in those shoes it can feel very overwhelming.

Take time to breathe, and listen to Him talking to your heart.

I hope your weekend is better and you get the rest you so deserve.

Lori Hamilton Osborne

Leslie said...

Only a quick note to let you guys know that there isn't a day that goes by that we aren't thinking about your family and praying for sweet James. Henry included! We love you guys and will continue lifting you all up in this month ahead. We love the updates of James's progress and certainly GOD BLESS his progress!
The Vaughns

The Aylors said...

We haven't forgotten you and continue to pray for James and baby Adrianne. We are praying for rest, rest, rest right now!!
Love you,
Steve, Kathryn, and boys