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No-Go On Hospital Stay

Well, the one thing I did not want to happen today did. We got all packed up last night and headed to clinic intending on staying for five days in the hospital. But Caleb’s blood counts were still low, so they had to postpone the admission. That means no chemo this week, plus an extra trip to Augusta on Friday to check counts again. So we turned around and headed back to Avera.

The boys start school next week. We are doing the Georgia Cyber Academy online public school for them this year. School starts Monday, so I talked to the head nurse and she agreed that it might be best for us to come in Tuesday as I suggested so that they could start school Monday with no distractions. The rest of the week will be interesting as we try to have school for two boys in one little hospital room.

I can’t wait for this to be over for Caleb’s sake, but I can’t wait for mine, too. I’m not cut out for this stay-at-home dad stuff. I want to be working. But I must do what is best for my family. Our medical bills are already overbearing WITH insurance. Doing this without the insurance through Holly’s job would be impossible.

So that means that we will not be wrapping up on September 7. Instead, the new goal date is September 14. We have two hospital stays left on this journey – the one next week and then on the last week of treatments he will ever get that ends on Sept. 14th. We are going to have a big celebration of some sort right after that date, and I want all our friends and supporters there. I don’t know how, yet, but we will figure it out!

In one way, it is better that we have a small delay this week – I have a lot on my plate! I am performing with Ed Turner and Number Nine and the Imperial Theater this weekend. We have a setup and sound check tomorrow, followed by performances Friday and Saturday night. I had so much fun last year and I’m really looking forward to this year’s concerts. I even have a sax solo on a classic Billy Joel tune. Our horn section is rocking and the whole band sounds fantastic. It’s gonna be fun. Unfortunately, if you don’t already have a ticket, you can’t get one now.

We were so excited for one of the families at the clinic today. It was their last day! We rejoice with them and know we will be there soon.

Holly started back to school last week and started with the students this week. There have been late stays every day this week as she gets everything rolling along. She is so amazing. She is also doing some stuff with TeachersPayTeachers.com where she sells some of her original resources she has made over the years. If you are a teacher, you should check out the site.  Holly has a post on her blog that shows how to get started. Also, don’t forget if you need to buy something from Amazon, you can help by using the search box on the left of this page!

Sometimes, we have to go through a valley. Sometimes we walk through some low places. But even though we walk through the lowest valleys, God is with us. And it is a fact that to get from one mountaintop to another, you have to go through valleys. We are not stopping and dwelling there. We are moving to the next mountain! God has been faithful and we have seen his healing power firsthand in our lives. The faith I see that rises in my boys when they have opportunities to share their faith with other kids is amazing. What the enemy intended to destroy us (and KNOW that God does not put disease on people – John 10:10), God is using to His glory!

Again, I will end by saying thanks for being there with us through this time. We can see the end, and it is closer now than ever!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever.

-Psalm 23:4-6