Wednesday, December 26, 2007
All the cousins had a great time together!
Look out! It's the cutest pirate in the world!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Overall, Isaiah is doing really well, in light of what he's facing. He's asking a lot about when "this is going to be over." He desperately wants to play little league this Spring. And he's really missing his sister. But his attitude is phenomenal. He's just getting through it.
We're grateful for the hundreds of cards, dozens of meals, and countless prayers for strength and healing. We are literally surrounded by people who are committed to helping us through this journey, which, in itself, is an amazing blessing.
On Monday we're back to fasting, a spinal tap, etc. etc. to kick-off the long 5th phase of treatment: maintenance. We've got a long way to go, but for the last six months we've been focusing on just making it to this point. Thanks for sharing our journey and cheering-on our sweet son. Please stay with us!
Isaiah's blood counts were high enough for us to be able to join my sisters and folks for a delicious Thanksgiving meal on Friday. Isaiah got to shoot Uncle Mike's paint ball gun and enjoyed - as always - playing with his cousins.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Carmen then went to my folks' place to be with Sienna overnight (who apparently has the flu). Things are feeling pretty out of control over here.
But then there's the little things that remind me of how well we're being taken care of - like the friend who brought over Chinese food last night... or when I rushed outside early this morning because I heard the garbage truck and realized I forgot to leave the trash can on the curb, only to discover that our neighbors had taken out our trash for us.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Never a dull moment.
Isaiah continues to feel very strong. Aside from missing his super buddy, he's doing great. Sienna is happy to be doing the morning chores at Bita's house - it's an adventure for this suburban girl.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
We had to adjust our planned trip to Monterey because we felt it was just too risky to expose Isaiah unnecessarily to others. Our doctors told us that the next two weeks are the most critical of his treatment. It's during this time that kids often experience problems which become serious because their abilities to fight infection have become so compromised by the intense chemo of recent weeks. So Sienna and I spent the weekend running the Big Sur Half Marathon and enjoying the ocean while Carmen and Isaiah stayed home. (Any comment about life not being fair seems inadequate here.)
We expected Isaiah's counts to be close to zero at today's appointment, but he was at 500. He seems slightly more tired than normal, but, in light of it all, he's doing remarkably well. We're encouraged.
We're praying hard that his body will be protected from infection during the next two weeks. He's very anxious (as are we) to wrap-up this season of treatment.
the "silly Isaiah" pics were taken by Sienna!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Please keep us in your prayers. Most kids experience extremely low blood counts, fevers and need blood transfusions following this session of daily treatments. We continue to pray for protection for his body and his heart.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Isaiah in Capitola/Emmaus Staff Family Retreat/October
[We go back for outpatient appointments tomorrow and Thursday. He's really doing great. Thanks for praying for him!]
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
We are home again. Isaiah's ANC was 600 today, too low to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. He was happy to break his fast early and end the day playing at his Bita's house. We go back on Monday to check counts again. If his counts reach 750, he will be admitted and we will begin a 4 day course of treatment. We praise God for His hand on Isaiah's life and for all the support you give us. We love you all!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Jacob demonstrated strong support for his friend Isaiah.