Monday, March 20, 2017

Psalm 116
1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The cords of death entangled me,
    the anguish of the grave came over me;
    I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    “Lord, save me!”
5 The Lord is gracious and righteous;
    our God is full of compassion.
6 The Lord protects the unwary;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return to your rest, my soul,
    for the Lord has been good to you.

We had a somewhat restful spring break, with the usual cloud hanging over us. Eli’s ANC (the measurement of his immune system) was at zero at his check on Tuesday, so his chemo was stopped, which is five days shy of a complete cycle. He also needed another platelet transfusion, so that’s two in a week, plus the previous hemoglobin transfusion. After the anaphylactic reaction of the first platelet transfusion, several extra precautionary measures were taken the second time and he did just fine. Since his ANC has bottomed-out, we have kept him away from crowds, haven’t been to church, didn’t go anywhere spring break. I offered
 up a few places that were less-likely to be crowded just to say that we did something(like going through Cathedral Caverns, going over to Tupelo to a car museum), but nobody seemed that interested or not everyone agreeable to anything suggested. So, since it’s me that has to take the time to plan everything, prepare us to go, and fit whatever we do within the parameters of everyone’s requirements, the return for that effort based on their interest was too low. So, I didn’t make it happen. And, Eli traveling very far was a little bit precarious not knowing how his platelets were doing at that point. So, the week passed with each day the kids either finding things to do at home, like building a maze for the dog; getting some chores done, like cleaning their closets out; catching up on schoolwork from either one being sick, or the other one being lazy; going to the park with my sister, which they had been asking to do; watching movies all the way through since we never have time otherwise; and playing video games. And, I think it was great. And, honestly the complaints to not going anywhere were minimal.

We are back in the swing this week, hoping that everyone stays well. Eli has been medicated a good bit from Friday to Sunday night making sure that he does’t have a reaction to the platelets. So, he’s been a bit laid-back, but he has really perked up today out from
 under the influence, and it is a beautiful warm day as opposed to the coldness of all last week. So, he actually went outside with Abbey and Caleb this afternoon. Eli and I go to Augusta
 Thursday afternoon, and I have an appointment and an activity for someone each day this week. Our Augusta appointment is just to dispense medicine, and probably talk about how we want to move forward. Thank you all for your diligent vigilance in prayer for him, and for the decisions that we will be making.

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