Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Oh well, the bright yellow Nike shirt will be a part of our first Christmas pictures at school:) James had a great time at the party and I wanted to share some pictures with you...
Monday, December 15, 2008
I think Greg put in an earlier post about prayer time with James. Every time we start to pray he starts immediately saying "Get outta here kemia". So I have decided that this statement is going to be The Ryan family motto...
Get outta here leukemia,
Greg, Joy, James, and Adrianne
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Needless to say, Greg and I are exhausted and puzzled at what is causing this. This kind of behavior is expected with steroids but he doesn't start steroids until next week. Anyway when I got him on Sunday night, he was complaining that his ears were hurting. So Monday after school I took him to our pediatrician. He had a slight ear infection and Dr. Tony started him on antibiotics. Last night was some better, he woke up at 4:30 before he came and got in our bed.
Please pray that this will resolve itself. I also ask for prayers for next week. On Thursday(18th) we will head to the clinic for his LP with chemo, vincristine, and his antibiotic plus he will be starting steroids. Thank you for your continued prayer and support.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Please continue to pray for his bottom and that the diarrhea would stop. It is starting to look as bad as it did when we had so much trouble last year.
We had a great time yesterday with Granny and Grandad and all the family. I wasn't very good about taking pictures but James and Adrianne had a blast.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
- being a full-time graduate student (studying, writing papers, reading),
- entertaining and enriching the lives of our two young children (reading the same book 5,000 times per day to Adrianne, reading with James, playing, holding, helping nurse hurts, a little tv ;-),
- daily managing our finances,
- managing James' daily/weekly/monthly chemotherapy as well as the majority of his hospital visits and all correspondence with his medical team,
- keeping our house picked up (she has a hard time believing this, but our babysitter commented that our house is almost always picked up),
- training several days per week for the Houston Half-Marathon, and
- always seeming to have a smile, hug, and kiss for me when I get home
I am certain that I am leaving some important aspect of Joy's many roles out the picture. The main point is that Joy is tremendous in her ability to manage so much. I am hopeful that she is able to focus more on what she is doing well (majority) rather than what she feels she is falling short of (minority). After looking at her many roles, I think that most would wonder, "What does Greg do?" I know that I can always encourage more, complain less, offer a helping hand when possible, and know that I am richly blessed by the wonderful woman God has given me. Joy is awesome!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thank you to all our friends and family who came out and supported Team Ryan tonight for Light the Night. We appreciate you so much and words can't express what each of you mean to us. We also appreciate those who weren't able to make it but have been with us every step of the way. We are already looking forward to next year! Go Team Ryan!!!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
We have a special activity coming up. James has been picked by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society to be one of the kids recognized at the Light the Night walk in Houston. Hyundai does a special program where they recognize kids who have survived cancer. He gets to put his hand print on a Sante Fe along with the other kids picked and it will be on display for the month of November. This event was suppose to happen in the Woodlands but because of the hurricane it got moved to downtown.
Things are moving along with my training. I ran the Susan B Komen 5K this weekend and will pick back up with Team in Training and run 8 miles on Saturday.
Thanks so much for keeping up with us. Please continue to pray for James that he would be free from fevers and infections.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Adrianne was mad she had to take a nap so she decided to pull everything she could get her hands on into the pack and play with her!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I say we were fortunate because there were homes virtually split in half by large trees. In my immediate neighborhood, there were no serious injuries. Just yesterday, as the temperature began to rise, we noticed that James seemed lethargic more than expected. His temperature was close to 101 for almost an hour. We attempted to call MD Anderson and found that they were without power, and we were instructed to go to our local ER. We showed up to Chris and Stephanie's house to see if they could keep Adrianne (as phones have not worked). Thankfully they were home and without incident. As we approached the ER, we were screened before entering as the hospital is working on generators. After blood draws, examination, and x-rays, we found that James has pneumonia. Perfect timing, right. The doctor called MD Anderson and together they said that we had to make sure James slept in AC because the heat and humidity of no power could significantly worsen his illness. Right after this diagnosis and advice, my brother Don called and said that they have power and plenty of AC. God is so good and helped provide respite for us once again. When we arrive home to pack, we found that our amazing neighbors had cut down the tree resting on our roof dragged it away. I was able to put a tarp over the hole and will await for the insurance adjuster to come in the coming weeks to months.
Please pray for James and his well-being. Our trusted friends and doctors at MD Anderson are out of commission right now and we are not sure when they will be available. James is taking an antibiotic, but please pray he is able to fight off this illness. We are thankful for our family and their willingness to house us as long as needed. We are expected to be without power for up to 3 weeks in The Woodlands. Please continue to pray for all of those impacted by Ike. Grocery stores and gas stations have lines that can take hours to get through. One friend noted that this was the 3rd worst storm (in terms of damages and storm severity) in US history. We will keep you updated on James' health. Love, Greg and Joy
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
We had a great week with all the cousins in the house. We celebrated Adrianne's birthday with friends and family, we went to the zoo, and we even braved the outlet mall. Needless to say we all were exhausted but we had a great time and James is missing all his cousins. Next week is a big week-James starts school!!! Pray that he would be protected from any sickness!