Monday, October 22, 2012

Yes its been awhile

Its been almost a month since I posted anything. I think because its been a very good month. It feels almost normal, like how it used to be before Noah had cancer. He is doing so well. He has been going for chemo at clinic every 10 days. He gets 2 different kinds of chemo into his port. He freaked out a bit the first time because the numbing agent wasn't on long enough and he felt the poke. He freaked out the second time because he was afraid he would feel it, but we left the emla cream on for longer and he didn't feel a thing. So, by the third time he did so well. We go again tomorrow, Oct 23 and that will be the last time for this round.

The nurse and the hospital school teacher came to visit Noah's class and spoke to them about leukemia. I think it was well received. You could see that Noah was so excited to have her there (he really likes her), and you could see it made him feel special. The rest of the school week went really well. He didn't ask to come home at all, and went every morning without a fight. He said some of the boys played with him at recess and it sounds like things are going better.

Another 'normal' thing that has occurred is that Noah started hockey this month. He had his first practice last Thursday and loved it. You could tell he was tired, but he lasted the entire hour! He has practice again tonight and is really looking forward to it. The coach and his wife are very understanding and willing to help make this an enjoyable experience for Noah. So wonderful!

The next round of chemo starts the first week into November. I am nervous for it. He will be on the steroids again, like month one. In a way, it feels like Noah is cured. And technically he is. He is considered to be in remission right now. But because leukemia can hide, and is terribly resistant, they have to treat it for 3 - 3 1/2 years. And they have to do different combinations of drugs and timing to make sure they get it all. Steroids is a big part of it. I am afraid of the eating habits. Noah ate a full meal every 20 minutes during the first month, and gained 20 lbs. They said the weight gain may not be as severe, because he will be on the meds one week, then off one week, then on one week. But the eating will be there, and in the night. The restless sleeping, and the moodiness. Please pray that Noah will be the exception.That he wont experience these side effects like they expect him to. That he will get through this month like he has this last month, and be well.

I think alot lately about cancer. It's everywhere, and it touches everyone in some way. I asked God why this is and He hasn't answered me. Maybe He never will, maybe its not for us to know. But it bothers me. It's a horrible disease that can devour a body so quickly. Why is this so? It makes me so sad to think of all the heartache this disease has caused people. I would ask for prayer for a cure, but I believe there is a cure already. So why isn't God allowing this to happen? Just some questions rolling around in my brain. Not that I am blaming Him. Just thinking out loud.

With this next round of chemo, we most likely will see Noah lose his hair. He is very worried about this and says he will not go to school if it happens. Even though the nurse already told the class it would happen and its totally normal. He is frightened by it. Pray that he will cope well when that happens. Better yet, pray he doesn't lose his hair at all.

Prayer Requests: Complete healing for Noah. That his cancer will be cured and never return. That he will not get any infections that could cause him to get sick and be hospitalized, or even put his life at risk.  That the side effects will be non existant. That he will feel normal and well and energized and happy.

Thank you for your prayer. I believe that is why Noah is doing so well. Because we asked for it in the name of Jesus and have received it.


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