Whew, what a relief this long day is almost over! It's been quite a whirlwind. Caleb had to have a spinal tap today to get a special chemotherapy injected directly into his spine and just to make sure that no sneaky cancer cells have come back. The maximum amount of sedation is five doses, but for whatever reason, even the max wouldn't sedate Caleb this time. Something similar has happened in the past, but he eventually "went under", but not this time! That means four loving medical workers & I had to hold him down, while he cried out during the spinal tap. It's truly amazing to witness the skills of his Oncologist, who was able to pull off the procedure with what I called my little bucking bronco.
We were to the point of having to cancel & reschedule in the operating room, when I started to pray really hard. Caleb calmed down, became still, & just stared at me with silent tears, & it was all over soon. Wish I had started prayers earlier, but got caught up in the moment of comforting him myself. Caleb needed Someone much more powerful than medicine or mommy. I truly believe when you call on Jesus, all things are possible.
Cal slept well on the way home!
Big brother Zach was so excited to see him, but couldn't wake him up.
Once we got home, Cal didn't make it past the first door.
Caleb was actually very sick to his stomach. Therefore, we have spent the past hour lying on the bathroom floor together (luckily I had just cleaned it!) :) It took a while to coax him into bed, but he's there now and resting a little more comfortably. Looks like breakfast will be his last meal of the day.
|The sedation came two hours too late.|
|Even funny antics like tickling his nose wouldn't work.|
|I snapped this photo, thinking it would be fun to show him later how sleepy he was, but then I quickly realized he wasn't lying down because he was tired.|
I'm still choking back tears, but refuse to give into them, because I know he won't remember any of this (b/c of his medication) & because we feel blessed that things have been going so well lately.
We want to thank you for your prayers. They've truly been powerful. The past few weeks have felt cancer-free! Caleb has been living without side effects & has been eating healthy meals again. He's been waking up smiling and sleeping peacefully through the night. Hopefully we'll slip right back into that pattern, after this tough day.
Psalms 118 Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endureth forever. Amen!