Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Wonderfully Ordinary Day

Ethan has been a typical 3 month old boy today.... and it's wonderful. He's just starting to realize that his hands can do things. This morning he tried to stick both fists in his mouth and kept getting frustrated that they wouldn't both fit. It's was too funny. He'd try to push them both in at the same time then he'd start to slightly cry when he was frustrated... then he'd start the process all over again. Needless to say, I was loving the entertainment. I also had a good time watching him as he watched TV on the floor. He kept smiling and "talking" to the people on the screen... it was adorable. Oh how thankful I am for these "normal" and special moments with him.

He continues to take his chemo well at night with me and Adam (it's definitely a two person job, but we've got the hang of it now!). And so far, I've not had any problems with what I have to do for the tubes in his chest. Thank you for praying for those things.

I got the call from the nurse yesterday evening that his good blood cells went up again! Quite a jump in number, too! So we don't have to go back to the hospital for another outpatient visit until Friday (as long as he doesn't get a fever or start acting different in the mean time). What a blessing!

Due to Ethan's immune system being in the "danger zone" because of the chemo, he is extremely susceptible to infection so he can't go anywhere in public except the hospital. I can't take him to the mall, to a restaurant, to church, etc... but I can take him for a drive or walk with him outside. So... tomorrow, we are going for a drive together! Nothing too exotic since gas ain't cheap! But we are going out... mommy and son... and we're going to drive and sing and just enjoy the time together. I realize that he will more than likely fall asleep after 10 minutes of looking out the window, but I don't care... I can't wait! Remember... it's the simple pleasures, right!

We continue to pray for a bone marrow match to be found very quickly and for Ethan's overall progress and healing. Thank you for joining us in prayer for those things.

A friend sent me a devotional this morning via email and the overall theme was that we can relax in faith, knowing that God is able to handle all things without our help. It reminded that fear is the opposite of faith. The analogy it provided was that God doesn't bring you out on a limb, and then cut off the limb. The battle belongs to the Lord.

Ethan belongs to the Lord.

Ethan is not battling for his life.

God is fighting that battle for him.

2 Chronicles 20:17 - Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you...

Much love to all of you.


Carrie Comstock said...

What a happy post. I love that you are having a wonderfully ordinary day with your boy. And what great news about his blood counts!! Praise the Lord. We rejoice with you. I'm so glad that you are able to soak in your sweet boy and find joy in his little hands being shoved into his mouth. Such a simple thing, but such a precious thing. Especially to a mother's heart. Enjoy your drive tomorrow!! Thank you for the update.
Praying and thinking of you, as always.

Anonymous said...

praise the Lord for Ethan's good blood cells going up! what an answer to prayer. keep looking up!

Linsey said...

Yea! I am so excited for your drive tomorrow. We were just talking about your love of driving! Enjoy and take lots of pictures.

Moz & Pam said...

Praise the Lord for answered prayer! God is great! Have a wonderful day tomorrow! Enjoy every minute with your little guy!

Anonymous said...

We are so happy to hear that great news. I truly believe this is a direct result of divine intervention. We are thrilled that the numbers keep rising. Have fun and enjoy your ride together.
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