Thursday, January 17, 2008


Once again we need more wisdom to make good choices for Isaiah as he continues treatment. Yesterday, at his regular appointment we learned that his liver is very overworked and stressed. He takes several medicines on a daily or weekly basis which can cause stress or damage the liver. His doctor decided not to change his chemo for the next few weeks.

We also learned yesterday that Isaiah has a total of 10 compression fractures in his spine, some mild, some more advanced. This was hard news for us but we are thankful that all the fractures appear stable. We need to revisit the conversation regarding the modification of his protocol.

His ANC was 800 so we are being careful to have only healthy playmates this week! We remain thankful that Isaiah is not in pain. He can play, run and enjoy being a jedi all day long. Last night as we prayed for Isaiah our prayer book included verses from Psalm 34.

"The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry. The righteous cry and the Lord hears them and delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and will save those whose spirits are crushed. Many are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver him out of them all."

The closing prayer was as follows:

"Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; Hide me under the shadow of your wings."

These are the longings of our hearts for Isaiah and our family, perfect words for our somber hearts and a good reminder that God has not forsaken us, or any of you.


Anonymous said...

Oates Family - I am saddened by this tough news, but I know that God has not forgotten about you. Keep fighting and I will be praying for you all. You are all an inspiration to many - thanks!! Scott Ritter~~

Taria M. said...

I will continue to pray for each of you as you make the decisions that lie ahead. I know it will not be easy, but God is holding Isaiah in His loving hands, and providing you with the wisdom to make the right choices. My prayers go out to you all with tons of love. -Taria

Anonymous said...

My prayers for Isiah will be increased to as many times a day as I think of him. God is keeping your family close to him... and he will heal him. I have faith in that. Much love to your family.

Anonymous said...

We continue to pray for you guys daily. You are on our mind so often throughout the day. I know that our God will continue to surround you with people and words that bring you strength and encouragement. Nathan and Carmen you are both so amazing to me! A true testament of what God calls us to be. Stay strong.
We love you.
Meghan and Dustin

Michelle Coder said...

I'm glad you are sharing news of Isaiah's latest doctors visit. I have confidence you will not lose heart, dear ones. God is our compass and our hope. I have confidence he will continue to comfort, heal and provide what you need. We're all on this life journey together. I'll focus my prayers on your liver, spine, and ANC count, Isaiah. Blessings, healing, wisdom and peace to you all.

Love, Michelle