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Hospital Stay Extended

This week has not been fun at all. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we came in for a quick shot of Vincristine on Tuesday only to find Caleb’s blood counts were low and he was spiking a fever. That led to us being admitted to the hospital where we have been since. And we will be here through the weekend.

First, let me say a huge thanks to the Scotts and the Flippos. Within an hour of getting admitted, I had a text from the Scotts saying they were coming down to bring us a meal. Later that night, the Flippos came to see us on their date night! They returned the next night to bring us a meal as well. Thanks so much to our wonderful friends! We are truly blessed!!

Today the doctors came by and told us that Caleb’s ANC count was at ZERO. That is the first time we have been that low. They are encouraged that he is heading back up now, but he is having to wear a mask and everyone has to keep their hands sanitized at all times because the risk of infection is very high. They are going to continue the antibiotics even though the blood cultures have not shown any infections. It is a preventative measure at this point. They are going to keep him here until the numbers improve which also means he will continue injections for the next few days, as well. Later today he will get a blood transfusion as his white blood cell count is very low, too.

Holly is on her way down here and she is a mess emotionally. Fortunately, she is now DONE with school for the summer. She hates not being here when Caleb is going through stuff like this, as you moms can well understand.

We are still holding our heads high and walking by faith, not by sight. God has not brought us this far to leave us now. Just this morning I made a simple post on Facebook. It said, “God is able. Period.” No matter what the circumstances are around us, we don’t let our circumstances dictate who we are and how we live. We live by faith in God’s Word. It never fails.

Thanks again for all the encouraging words, meals, visits, gifts, texts, and most especially, coupling your faith with ours in prayer. One of my favorite worship songs right now is from the former worship pastor at Free Chapel in Gainesville, GA (Jentezen Franklin’s church) – “I know it’s darkest just before dawn. This might be the hardest season you’ve experienced. I know it hurts. It won’t be too long. You’re closer than you think you are. You’re closer than you’ve been before. So look to the sky. Help is on the way! It’s not over. It’s not finished. It’s not ending. It’s only the beginning. When God is in it, all things are NEW!” We know that and are standing on it.

Today’s verses – one of my favorite chapters of the Bible. Psalm 121:

I look up to the mountains – does my help come from there?My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.