Thank you for your unceasing prayers! We were so thankful Ella Joy was able to make it to her first day of school! Praise the Lord! We got the results of her CBC this morning, and unfortunately, her counts are still too low to receive chemotherapy. This will be one month without chemotherapy treatment. We are praying that her counts will miraculously rise so she will be able to start up chemo again for the following week. Please pray that God would protect her body against any illnesses or germs especially as she is attending full day kindergarten. There are already several children in her class coughing and spreading germs in the classroom. We stationed a little caddy station at her desk that includes a big bottle of hand sanitizer. We are praying she will use it frequently as even catching the common cold can mean a visit to the ER with fevers. Please pray with us that God would guard her body and that her ANC would rise up to safe levels so she can start her much needed chemotherapy treatments! Thank you so much for partnering with us in prayer!
Late last night we rushed Ella Joy to the emergency room because she had a fever. As we were packing we knew this meant at least 48 hours at Luries on antibiotics with her low ANC. Even though we knew she would be devastated that she would be missing school, there were so many things to be thankful for. First of all, I am so thankful I did not give her Tylenol (an option my APN suggested) for when her legs were hurting earlier that morning because it might have masked her fever. Also that night, on such last minute it is almost impossible to get a room at RMH, and God provided the very last one for the night! When Mike took Ella Joy to the ER, her fever never peaked! This is such a blessing because if it did, we would have to stay a lot longer at Luries. I am so incredibly blessed with a phenomenal hubbie who drops everything at night to drive us to Luries. He stays with Ella Joy the entire night in the ER with almost no sleep! Then, he goes to work exhausted but gets the job done like a BOSS! We scored a rock star nurse and an amazing fellow who I kept pleading with, like how in Genesis 18:16-33 Abraham pleads for Sodom. “Excuse me Doc, but if Ella Joy feels well and doesn’t have a fever, may we please go home today?” He agreed for a late night discharge. Hours later, “Sorry to bother you again Doc, but can we be discharged early?” He agreed at 7pm. Some more time passes, “Doc, please don’t get mad at my asking, but can we go home just a little earlier?” He agrees again 6pm! We are ready to go and I am signing the discharge papers, when her temperature is declared borderline! Oh Mylanta, we might have to stay another night! We have to wait to take another temperature, and thank God, she was cleared to go home!
Last night, we rushed to the ER expecting Ella Joy would miss her first day of school, but thanks to an amazing God who heard all your cries and prayers for Ella Joy, all things worked out! Please pray that whatever caused her to have a fever would not be anything serious. Ella Joy will be off chemotherapy for a third week in a row now. Please pray God would protect her body and guard her against any germs or illnesses. Please pray all t-cell lymphoblast cancer cells are destroyed so they would not multiply aggressively in her body. Please pray with us that Ella Joy’s ANC blood counts would rise and that there would be no more fevers! Even tonight as she sleeps, I am praying she would get good rest and feel well and fever free so she can go to school tomorrow! It is quite remarkable and amazing how God allowed all these things to happen. It was a tough night and inpatient stay at Luries, but we are so thankful for His provisions and markers of His faithfulness all around us, even in the slightest details.
Maya Angelou once said, “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” Going through chemotherapy treatment and fighting cancer has changed Ella Joy and our lives in so many ways … physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. However, through it all, we pray we would not be reduced by the circumstances. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” As we continue this journey, we pray that God would refine us daily and He would use others around us to sharpen us as well. Ella Joy will be getting another CBC next Wednesday. Thank you for the storehouses of prayers!
I would like to end this post with a picture I took of Ella Joy and Asaph at Luries this inpatient stay. With a last minute trip to the ER, help with Asaph is difficult to find with such short notice, so we gotta use the environment and resources we have. Just so thankful it is not flu season, or we couldn’t do this for nap time …