Hi everyone, I can't login to Ethan's site (again). I've asked Hollie to post this message for me (thank you, Hollie). I can view his webpage, but all of a sudden I can't login to actually update it. I'm not sure what happened. Hopefully I can re-connect with someone tomorrow.
Today was a really good day for Ethan. Thank you so much for praying. His demeanor was actually even better today than it was yesterday... and I didn't consider yesterday a bad day. He was very active this afternoon and had a healthy appetite. I am so thankful for your prayers as the Lord indeed has protected Ethan these past few days. Tomorrow is his last day of radiation. So far, the only side effects that are visible is his skin. He just looks a little sun-kissed and his lips are pretty chapped/dry. That radiation bed is like a tanning bed.... and he's got more of a tan than I do! Vaseline is helping his lips, but he wipes it right off with all the toys and such he puts in his mouth. Pray that his skin doesn't get further irritated in the days ahead as it could start to peel and become uncomfortable for him. Although right now, it really just looks like he's been in the sun a little.... not bad at all. I can't properly describe how great his attitude was today. He was so happy and content and the amount of formula he took this afternoon and evening was wonderful! Be in prayer for this weekend. He starts taking heavy doses of steroids along with his chemo, and they say that the steriods can make babies quite irritable (and that's putting it nicely), sometimes the steroids make children sleepy.... so I'm praying for the sleepy and not the miserable. Also, right now, Ethan has not shown any signs of the mouth sores, it's still a little early, but I'm praying if/when they arrive, that they aren't too painful for him.
He did take his medicine better today, although it is quite a chore trying to give it to him. Continue to be in prayer for that. I was very encouraged with the way things went today. Thank you, Lord.... And thank YOU for praying.... your prayers certainly make a difference.
On a side note, on the side of my blog, you see two links of babies I've asked you to pray for. I've never met either of the families, but just heard about their situation through other sites or people. Anyway, baby Aiden and his mom are here in Boston (from Texas) hoping the specialists here can help find the cause of Aiden's ongoing illness. His mom and I will be meeting for the 1st time tomorrow (she's on the 9th floor and we are on the 6th) and I'm looking forward to meeting this woman who's son I've been praying for - face to face! How special that the Lord would bring our paths together! Please be in prayer that their time here in Boston will be well spent. Her baby boy has been sick for most of his 9 months of life without knowing the root cause. Pray they can help her here! Pray for her as well, Hannah is her name, she is away from her two other sons and her husband during this time (they are in Texas!).
Thank you so much for your emails and comments. I read them all... and cherish every single word.