Thursday, May 31, 2007

it's thursday, right?

Here's some news, friends. Thank you for loving us, our son, and for praying hard.

Yesterday Isaiah had simultaneous shots of a chemo drug called PEG in his thighs. It took 4 people to get it done and was very hard. But he is such a little fighter. He's just amazing me with his strength. But it doesn't come without a battle. Yesterday when he woke up he just started crying - a low, quiet cry. He started praying out loud, "Jesus, please help me. I just can't do this." Later I talked with him about God's mercy being "new every morning," about manna, and about God providing grace for what is still to come. His eyes and questions and rephrasing of my words showed remarkable focus. It was a holy morning. He's in the battle of his little life and he knows he needs God's help. Please continue to support him in prayer!

The dangerous PEG sideaffects didn't happen, thank God.

Tomorrow he has a bone marrow draw, a spinal tap, and Vincristine - a pretty nasty chemo treatment. Tomorrow is a big day for us. The results of this test will determine a lot.

We were moved into another room because another kid was "more sick" than Isaiah. So we have roommates now, which will be tough during the painful hours. But they are very encouraging Christians whose little boy is on the tail end of the 8 month regimen Isaiah's just starting. It was actually really helpful to meet and talk with them.

More soon...

19 comments:

Megan said...

Yes, it's Thursday :) I am so proud of Isaiah. The Lord is faithful. I pray the Lord's grace and mercy over you all.

-Megan Webb

James 1
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Cody said...

Hey Oates family!

This is Cody Bolton.

You all have been in my thoughts since Cara recieved the email.

Nathan and Carmen: You're strong, God knows the outcome, he loves you.

God Bless all of you and I'll keep reading this page.

Love and Peace in His Name,
Cody Marie Bolton

I don't use my google account anymore, my email is
idaho_freak2010@yahoo.com

Candy said...

What a brave, strong boy! We're praying for ALL of you multiple times a day. M & E & kids are here for a visit, so we all pray together. I know it sounds cliche, but we SO mean it - please let us know if there's anything at all we can do. We got some books we think Isaiah might enjoy. We'll send them to the Lincoln address. Lots and lots of love from all of us, Steven, Candy, Molly, Erik, Drew, Zachy, Ella, Daniel and Bebe

JJ said...

Hey Nate and Carmen,
I just wanted to let you know that your extended family over here in the Carson Connected community will be having a 24 hour prayer vigil for Isaiah. He is in our thoughts and our prayers constantly. God is big enough!!

-JJ Tuttle
Carson Connected

Clint&Jen said...

Oates Family,
We can’t believe all that has happened in the last week. We keep wondering why, how, when, where...so many questions. This site means so much us (and I am sure many others) just to see your faces, especially Isaiah’s. We can't wait to see you all again. Our prayers and thoughts of Isaiah are continual. With love and support,
Clint, Jen, Zoey and Cade Nelson

Pastor Lloyd :-D said...

The whole Paradise Church family is reading your blogs at church and praying for you all! We are asking and believing for God's healing and blessing of Isaiah!
I cry for Isaiah before the Lord but was very encouraged by your Thursday blog!
"Thanks Lord for raising him up for Your glory and our joy!"
Pastor Lloyd :-)

robert said...

Oates family,

Our prayers are with you all.

Bob and Roberta Sweat

Tamara Gray said...

Isaiah,

What kind of pizza did you have for breakfast? That's our FAVORITE kind of breakfast! We are glad that you are doing a little better, and we pray everyday that you are getting stronger and free from this sickness! We've been drawing pictures, so we will get them to you soon. Hang in there, dude! We think you're AWESOME!!

Lucas, Colby and Caleb

Sharon said...

This is Sharon from Cartiera, I just spoke with Laurie (from Little One Buddy), she told me of Isaiah's diagnosis. I just want you to know he is in my prayers and I will ask my friends and family to pray for him too. I remember last time he was in my store he had so much fun with my tape gun, gluing paper together. He is such a light and I know with God's love and with the support of family and friends he will pull thru this. Sending lots of love and healing your way! -Sharon

Robert said...

Hi Nate and Carmen,

Thank you so much for the updates. We were of course jolted with the news and our hearts and prayers are fervently extended.

Robert & Janice Hale

Auntie Angie said...

Hey little buddy...your blog web site is so cool! Great idea mom and dad. I pray for you everymorning and I think about you everyday. Me and baby cousin hope that you keep feeling better. As soon as baby cousin is born, I will call you and send a picture. I luv u so much! You are doing a great job at being brave and courageous!

Stephanie Miller said...

Wow you all look so strong and courageous!! Ever since the first e-mail I recieved, I having been thinking about Isiah and all that you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!! Thanks for keeping us posted!!

Meghan Dease said...

Nathan, Carmen, Sienna, and Isaiah,

I just wanted you to know that so many of us in San Diego are lifting you guys up in prayer right now. I am so thankful for the updates that you are providing on this blog. Isaiah, Dustin and I are SO proud of you! You're my official super hero. :)

Love you guys.

Meghan (and Dustin too)

bita said...

Isaiah,

You are the super-ist of any superman that I know !!
You told me you didnt know how to fly, but you are doing something much more amazing than flying. You are doing all the hard things you have to do in order to get well, and you cant get more brave and courageous than that!!

Keep fighting, big man.
I love you.
Your Bita

Jennifer Uronen said...

Hi Oates Family
I am a friend of Stephen & Jo Campbell just wanted to send you a little note to let you know that you have been in my thought ever since Jo told me about Isaiah's illness. Please know that whenever I think of your family I pray for your strength and Isaiah's healing. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

I also wanted to say that I cant believe how God is always working for us and giving us the encouragement that we need. I think that is exactly what he did when he put Isaiah in the same room as the other little boy. The Lord is definitly responding to everyone's prayers.
Continue to be strong.
-jennifer

Tim, Kerri, Jacob, & Micah said...

Hi Nate, Carmen, Sienna, & Isaiah,

We are praying for all of you many times throughout each day and love you guys! I love the blog and the pictures.

Isaiah - your friend Jacob made a picture for you and we will send it your way soon. Jacob prays for you at night before he goes to bed. Your little friend Micah just got two new teeth and sends you a smile!

Love, Tim, Kerri, Jacob, and Micah

birdinflight said...

Hi you guys! Thank you for this great blog and the ongoing updates.

My family and friends are praying fervantly for you Isaiah and for the whole family. God is embracing all of you in his love and light and is giving all of you His strength, Isaiah! Rest and heal in Him. We all love you, sweetheart.

Isaiah 40:28 - 31

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 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.

I'm resting in the Lord too. I love you guys!

Michelle

Niamh McCreary said...

You're such a strong little boy Isaiah. We are praying throughout the day for you every day. Cormac sends his love and misses you and is praying to God everynight before bed that God will make you better soon!
Love
Niamh, David, Cormac and Ronan

Nathan Oates said...

He is eating pepperoni ppizza.Sienna