Ethan's blood counts are at 900 today! That makes 3 days in a row that his ANC level was above 500, so we are able to be discharged on Friday! It still hasn't fully settled in that we will actually be leaving in 3 days.... after being away from Adam day in and day out during the week, being away from the comforts of home and all my normal routines for SEVEN WEEKS... well, needless to say, I am ready.
As it stands right now, as long as Ethan doesn't spike a fever or need daily blood transfusions, we will be able to bypass the Ronald McDonald House and go directly home on Friday. I am thrilled about that! We will return to Boston on Monday morning for Ethan's outpatient clinic visit, and that will continue a couple of times a week (only about a 2 hour drive), until his care is fully transitioned back to Connecticut Childrens Hospital. I don't mind the drive if it means we can be back home as a family.
Please be in prayer for this transition as there will be many adjustments we will face over the next few days, weeks and months. Please be in prayer for Ethan as we will need to keep a watchful eye over him and his health as his immune system continues to heal and rebuild itself over this next year. There are a million small things I could ask you to pray for, but it may be best to sum it up by asking you to join me in asking that the Lord would continue His favor and protection over Ethan's body.
I'm a bit reclusive and quiet today. Maybe just trying to process everything. But I want you to know that your prayers and encouragement have gotten me through some hard days over the past 5 months. Your prayers have penetrated Heaven's gates and God has honored your plea(s) on our behalf. You will never know how much you have blessed mine, Adam's and especially, Ethan's life. I thank you so much for walking with us this long, and I'd be honored if you'd keep going. Our journey is not yet finished. There is still a long road ahead... potential trials regarding Ethan's health in other ways... but overall, I pray cancer would not have permission to re-enter Ethan's life. Ever.
Thank You for redemption, Lord. Thank You for restoration.