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Counts Are A Little Low

I knew that I had better write this update while we were still in the clinic or it would not get done. The boys leave for Camp Rainbow on Sunday morning, and as soon as we drop them off, Holly and I are heading to the Gulf Coast for a few days of rest and rejuvenation while they are gone. We have had one weekend trip with just the two of us (which lasted about 36 hours) since the diagnosis last fall. So once I am out of here today, we will be busy packing and getting last minute stuff together.

Caleb’s counts were low this morning, but trending upward. Still, with a full week of camping and fun next week, they thought it would be best to go ahead and give him some blood and platelets. That would help to boost him a little bit and ensure he has a good week with no problems. He should be feeling great when they get done, and we have one last injection tonight – the last one for two weeks.

There was a young lady about Caleb’s age in clinic today that we met for the first time. They just found out three weeks ago about her diagnosis. It is also a bone cancer, Osteosarcoma – the same type that we lost our cousin to on Christmas morning last year. Obviously, we did not share any bad news with her. They were dealing with enough anxiety and fear as it was. The mother wanted to talk to Caleb about what he had been through. I told her it was fine, as I was sitting right here and could monitor. I was so proud of him! He answered her questions with hope and encouragement. What an amazing young man he is! I had talked to him this morning on the way to Augusta and told him how proud I was of him for his amazing attitude and faith, and how I have watched him grow in his walk with and faith in God. It’s something else when you can learn lessons from your children.

Thanks so much for praying with us for my stepdad this past week. He actually did so well that he got to go home from the hospital a day early! The doctors were amazed at his fast recovery. Well, it is obvious when God is doing the work how well things go. Also, special thanks to Integrity Medical. I called and asked about a walker for him. When they found out he had no insurance, they gave him a used walker at no charge! That is one company where the name really is a fitting description.

I am so amazed at my wife. She is awesome. In the midst of unbelievable stress and pressure, she has stood strong and worked hard at making ends meet. With me taking care of Caleb full-time, we have been looking at other income streams such as using online blogs and websites to build income. She has been working hard to put a lot of her school ideas from work up on TeachersPayTeachers.com – a website where teachers can buy and sell materials and resources from one another that work for their needs. In just a couple of weeks in the middle of the summer, it has already begun to bring in a little extra. The websites and blogs I have been building have been, as well, but hers are doing much better. Also, she worked two extra weeks after school was over with thanks to a grant our school system received that paid for additional teacher training. She told me that she needed a beach trip in a bad way and it was the only way we could do it with us having to cut back on so many things in the budget. So she worked those two extra weeks solely for a mini-vacation for us, and we are going to the Gulf Coast this week, as I mentioned earlier. She is a hard and dedicated worker, and it is so obvious why she deservedly won the Teacher of the Year last year at her school. She is a Proverbs 31 woman and I am so blessed by her. I married my dream girl! She does not get enough credit for all that she does. She is amazing and I love her. I still don’t know how I ever got her to say yes, but thank God she did!

I’ll not be updating the blog next week unless something changes. The week after we get back, we have five days of outpatient chemo at the clinic and I’ll update again at that point. But here is the best news we found this past week – if nothing changes and we stay on schedule, the last day of chemo will be September 7! I am counting the days, hours, minutes, and seconds! Although we got our miracle of healing back in November of last year, the journey has continued and has been long and hard. We can see the finish line, though. And we are so excited that this is almost over and we can get back to a normal life! Thanks for hanging in there with us!

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, -Hebrews 12:1