Monday, April 7, 2014

It's a GOD Thing!

We were expecting this to be Caleb's toughest time, after receiving daily chemo the past few weeks. 

At-home chemo has become "more natural" for us all & has just become part of our bedtime routine.
David is "the rock" of our family.  His strength, faith, & support have never faltered a day.  I only realize that he is also vulnerable, when I witness the pain etched on his face while administering chemo to his baby boy; realizing the responsibility of giving these medications that will literally save our son's life.
We had been warned that Caleb wouldn't feel like getting out of bed this week.   Cal had different plans for himself.  I tried to keep fear at bay with this phase of treatment (but that was hard!) As my dad has taught me my entire life, most of our fears never come true.  He was definitely right, again!  Our Heavenly Father also encourages us:   "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."   Isaiah 41:10.  It feels as though God has been upholding Caleb with both hands!  He's actually had more energy than he's had in weeks.  It medically doesn't make sense, so we know it's from the power of all of our and your prayers! 

It's also been every mother's dream that Caleb has craved all things green & healthy this week!

Yes, dinner at its finest.

Caleb got to tag along at Zachary's Scout's camping trip over the weekend and actually got to go hiking! 

Cal walked more than a mile.  How can that be?
He was frustrated he didn't make it 2 miles with the big boys, but we were ecstatic to see him go as far as he did! 
Cal's sense of humor is still shining through.  We obviously got left behind from the group, but this is how he said he'd protect me from "Chupacabra" in the woods.  Funny boy.
Medical workers  are "scratching their heads" over his high energy level... especially since his blood levels have plummeted to a new low.  He spent the past 8 hours at Texas Children's Hospital today, getting a blood transfusion & for the first time, he had to receive a transfusion of platelets. 

This should give him a new burst of even more energy.
Since Caleb has hit his lowest level of neutropenia (extremely low white blood cells), he is at the greatest risk yet of infection.  We've been encouraged to wash our hands even more (as if they weren't already raw, ha ha), start scrubbing Cal's fingernails & cleaning surfaces in our home multiple times each day, trying to keep as many germs at bay, as physically possible.  We'll be praying he avoids illness & hospitalization during this vulnerable time.

All-in-all, it was a peaceful time of naps & snuggles & card games today.  We have found a way to make all-day clinic stays pleasant & "our new norm".
We appreciate your continued TLC, concern, & prayers.  It sure feels good knowing God is in control, & that everyone who follows this blog is "on our side".  God bless you all and everyone who is suffering from illness.


  1. Yes Melissa, it's definitely a God thing! Always thinking of Caleb and praying for him too. You and your family continue to be so strong, an abundance of peace, love, strength, happiness, and health to you all. God bless you.

  2. I can't wait to see you all again! What a blessing, continued prayers and God's strength to the end will pull you through! Thanks for the update...... Love The Green's

  3. What a sweet surprise! We rejoice with you for the joy along the way!
    The Roths

  4. Melissa,
    Just today I heard that Caleb was sick. Know that we will be praying for him and for all of you. I'm quite sure that Caleb will continue to amaze the doctors! Your family has always been dear to our hearts. May God be very near to you during this time.
    Chris, Monique, Julianna, and Annelise

  5. Best news I've heard in a very long while. I say prayers hourly for you all! I'm so glad he's feeling powerful and strong. XOXO!!! Steph