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Nine More Weeks

We got out of the hospital Sunday – our third weekend in a row in the hospital. It was not a fun stay for Holly. We are still down to one vehicle and she had no way to leave the hospital to get anything or go anywhere. I am so thankful that you can count on your family always! My mom has been amazing and tireless in helping with the boys and came up Saturday night with a homemade meal – Caleb’s favorite. Her visit quelled the loneliness of a hospital room. We are so thankful for her. Also, a big shoutout to my mother-in-law. She has been so helpful in watching Joshua, and when I was here by myself sent a meal up to me and offered to send another. We are truly blessed!

Assuming that we have no more delays because of low counts or other problems, we have nine more weeks of chemo to go with Caleb. We will be so glad to get back to normal again. This journey has been tough and more difficult than we could have ever imagined. But we are so grateful to be able to see the finish line out in the distance and that our son – even though still enduring the hardships that go with chemo – is healed and will lead a normal life once this is over.

I mentioned over the weekend in a blog post about our vehicle problems. The Trailblazer has a blown head gasket and is sitting in the yard unusable. I had air conditioning problems in my Suburban, but even though it was hot, it was still getting us where we needed and is a fairly dependable vehicle. I got a call at the end of last week from a good friend that goes to another church and works at a local car dealership. He had a gift for Caleb and wanted me to bring my Suburban by for them to check out the AC problem for me. I went by there and they had given Caleb a collector’s item – a commemorative set of Jimmie Johnson 48 Lowe’s diecast cars in a beautiful display case. Caleb was ecstatic when I got home with it! I brought the truck by and they found the problem with the AC system, fixed it, and would not let me pay them for it. I want to say a special thanks to Jeff and the guys at Master Pontiac GMC! The next time you are looking for a good vehicle, remember the kindness they showed to my family and talk to Jeff or one of the guys at Master. That was a tremendous blessing to us!

Yesterday, we went to the clinic to check Caleb’s counts. Everything was good, but his platelets were a little low again. Since they were trending upwards, the nurse said he would be fine without another transfusion. His ANC was 2200, so they were encouraged with the overall numbers. We go back in Monday and Tuesday for an EKG and more chemo. The following week we have one day of chemo and then the week after that the boys will be heading off to Camp Rainbow for a week. They are so excited!

We had packed the boys some clothes and if Caleb’s numbers were good, they were going to stay with my mom for a couple of nights. We left the clinic and were headed down Peach Orchard Road towards Mom’s house. We were directly in front of His Community Church headed south in the middle lane with two cars in front of us. The guy in the right lane suddenly came into our lane just as we were passing him. He nailed us in the back quarter panel. He said he saw the other vehicles, but didn’t see mine – a big ol’ Suburban! It caused a good bit of damage, but the boys were okay. Vehicles can be replaced; people can’t.

I am burdened with a very difficult decision I am having to make this week. I appreciate your prayers. Thanks for all that you do and mostly for standing with us through the tough times.

So be truly glad.There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. – 1 Peter 1:6-7