Wednesday, June 6, 2007

27 supermans


It's been a full two weeks since we checked into "Club Sutter." In some ways it feels like time has stood still. We've been so focused on the immediate needs here that we're finding ourselves asking each other, "Is this Tuesday or Wednesday?"


Isaiah has long lost count of the days. But he's excitedly tracking his stay by a little game we set up to try to get him to swallow his meds the first time: for every pill he swallows he gets a superman logo on the white board in his room. As of this morning, he's up to 27. We started by trying to gag down pills hidden in ice cream, oatmeal, yogurt...it was brutal. Somehow swallowing the pills with water alone became his chosen challenge. And this morning he told me, "Dad, I got that one down with just spit!"


Now if we can just convince him to take a bath (you know, you have to choose your battles...)
Thank you for praying for our son. We're so grateful.

23 comments:

Tamara Gray said...

Isaiah,

Hey... Lucas, Colby and Caleb here... "keep getting better, we hope you like our art work and keep on getting those Supermans on your board".
That's so cool that you have learned to get those pills down with just spit! Really, don't tell Lucas I told you, but he's almost ten and he just learned how to do that this year! It was QUITE an adventure too. Maybe we should have tried the Superman trick. :0)
You and Sienna look great in your picture today. Such happy kids... that's what we ALL like to see! Get some good rest and get those super powers charged. Lots of hugs coming your way...

Love,

Tami and "the boys"

Tamara Gray said...

Nathan and Carmen,

We send hugs your way too! We are THRILLED with yesterday's news. God is SO GOOD!

Love,

Jason and Tami

Cindy Picos said...

Isaiah,
It is so good to see the progress that you have made in your photo and Sienna, it's wonderful to see you smiling. Your faith is an inspiration to us all. Gilbert realized that we got our "mans" mixed up...the basketball Spiderman...you can sure tell we don't have little kids around...I'm sorry. Anyway, both of these Superhero's remind me of you...an amazing guy who thinks about others above himself. In fact, I do believe Jesus was a Superhero just like you Isaiah.

Nathan and Carmen...your little superhero is experiencing this challenge to prepare for his future. He will be a great leader that will change many lives. Our prayers are with you.
Love,
The Picos Family

Cara Wefers said...

Hey Isaiah,

Great job getting those pills down! (Sometimes I still have trouble getting my vitamins down!)

The photo of you and Sienna put a big smile on my face today! You are such an inspiration to us all.

big hugs to you, your sister, and mom and dad,
Cara, Patrick and Jae

Tessa said...

Hey Isaiah!

It sounds like you are getting healthy with all your supermans! I'm so glad. You dad is doing a great job on this blog. I like to see the pictures of you and your family, and all your smiling faces. I miss you all very much, and I am praying for you. I hope to see you strong and healthy, zooming around like superman when I come home this summer. I love you!

Tessa

Niamh McCreary said...

27 SUPERMANS!!!!! Isaiah you are amazing! You are such a pro at taking pills now :D Hopefully you won't have to do that for much longer though and can use your superpowers for other things. Did you know that Superman's powers get stronger when he is in the bath!!!! Can you believe it!!! Maybe you should try it out!!

Great to see you smiling. We miss you guys and will continue to pray for healing, strength and peace.

Much love
Niamh, David, Cormac and Ronan

Angela said...

Hey sweet boy,
I was just praying for you and I wanted to tell you that I love you so much. You are so strong and I know you have had to be extra strong lately. From the day you were born, I knew you were a special boy and now you just continue to amaze me with your super strong heart.
Love you,
Angela
PS
Remember our secret, well it will be here in 5 more days. Not too much longer.

Josh said...

love you guys.

Unfried's

Taria Merrithew said...

I'm so proud of you Isaiah! I remember when I first learned to swallow pills, too. Now you won't ever have to worry about how you're going to take your medicine. I hope you are feeling better today, and that God's love is shining down on you! :) I prayed a prayer for you this morning... did you feel it? :)

Kaitlyn Henning said...

Hey Isaiah!!
I just wanted to tell you that I love you and am praying for you. Keep on going, Superman!!
~Kait

Aaron said...

Isaiah,

Hey little dude, I wish I was there to see your smiling face. You're amazing, just remember that. Even if you're getting all stinky from no bath, I still love you. I'm taking pills right now too, but I just pretend they're the Flintstone vitamins, and it seems to work.

Hi Sienna, I miss you too. Give your brother a big hug for me.

Love you guys,

Pick

Aaron said...

Isaiah,

Hey little dude, I wish I was there to see your smiling face. You're amazing, just remember that. Even if you're getty all stinky from no bath, I still love you. I'm taking pills right now too, but I just pretend they're the Flintstone vitamins, and it seems to work.

Hi Sienna, I miss you too. Give your brother a big hug for me.

Love you guys,

Pick

Dr. Russell Tweet said...

Isaiah,
My office is reading your web site and we all send our prayers and wish you a speedy recovery.

As God told Joshua, IJust as I was with Moses, I will be with you. I will never fail you or forsake you.

From your friends at Auburn Medical clinic

Tarissa said...

Little man!!

Don't tell anyone this, but I can't even swallow pills with just my spit. That's awesome!!

I've been listening to one of your favorite songs. You know the "I'm a believer!!!" song? Maybe you, me, and Sienna can dance around singing it sometime soon!

I love you and miss you, little buddy!

T.Danger

Pam said...

Isaiah, I love the picture of you squeezing your sister in a big hug. It looks like she likes it too. Your arms must be getting stronger.
I can't believe it took only your spit to get that pill to go down your throat! I have to turn my head on its side and drink with only half my mouth. It looks pretty silly. I love you, Amazing Kid. Love, Pam

Pam said...

Isaiah, I love the picture of you squeezing your sister in a big hug. It looks like she likes it too. Your arms must be getting stronger.
I can't believe it took only your spit to get that pill to go down your throat! I have to turn my head on its side and drink with only half my mouth. It looks pretty silly. I love you, Amazing Kid. Love, Pam

Shawna said...
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Shawna said...

Oates family,
I just wanted to send my love to your family and let you know that my prayers are with your family always! I love being able to read about Isiah and see his progress everyday, thank you Nathan for keeping us up to date on the blog. I wish I could do more, but I know that prayers are the best help for now and I cannot wait to see Isaish's smiling face in church asap. Feeling better than ever!
Love,
Shawna Barrows

Steve said...

Isaiah,
I am really proud of you. I have been praying for you. I can't wait until we can have some more hang out time.

I love you.
love,
The Godfather :)

robert said...

Isaiah,

Reading the words that you have been saying reminds me again why Jesus said "We must become like children". I'm continuing to pray for you and your family.

Bob Sweat

Molly Lilja said...

Nate and Carmen,

I am thinking and praying for you today.

Love,
Molly

ergv said...

Isaiah, Sienna, Carmen and Nathan we are praying for you and with you.

“The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail”
Isaiah 58:11

Edgar, Marisol, Ileana and Edgar

Lois Marshall said...

Travis and Kim Marshall gave us your web site and the Greeley Colorado First Church of the Nazarene are now praying for Isaiah and the Oats family. "The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one". 2 Thes 3:3 God Bless You