Thursday, January 10, 2008
Sorry we didn't update today, it was kind of a rough day. Elijah is still running a fever of about 103 degrees and that makes him miserable. He also has some waste stuck in his large intestine that he can't seem to get rid of. This is a problem of course because it can get infected and then you are talking about all sorts of complications up to and including possible surgeries. So, needless to say, we are praying that he poops and that these problems that we are having will come to an end so that he can have a semi-normal childhood. We've noticed that he is even dreaming about being poked because he cries out "NO!" in his sleep. We often feel helpless because he is looking to us to solve his problems as parents do, and we are unable to do so. Because of the pooping issue, he has also been prohibited from eating any food or drinking any liquids for the next 12-24 hours at least. Of course that means he is asking and pleading for food and drinks that we can't give him. He started crying when he asked Levi for gold fish and he said no. That pulls at our heart strings, but hopefully he won't remember these things when he is older (not that it makes it any easier now). We want to let everyone know how much we appreciate the help that you have given us, and unfortunately we will need more in the days to come. We love you all so much for the sacrifices that you make for us and will feel hard pressed to ever be able to give back what we have received. Thank you also for the prayers on our behalf, we know that the Lord is blessing us because of all the people praying for Elijah and us. We will keep you updated tomorrow about his bone marrow test and how he his doing. Hopefully he will not be as sick by next week. Our doctor is saying that maybe we'll be out of the hospital by next Friday. We can only hope that is true. We did ask if we should get Elijah out of bed and help him walk, and the doctor responded by saying that he was so sick that he should probably stay in bed for the next 5-6 days. That also means he will probably need physical therapy in order to build up his muscles (which he is not ready for per the doctor) in order to walk. The doctors anticipate that Elijah will lose his hair sometime after the third treatment which is tomorrow. The bone marrow test is tomorrow at noon, and hopefully we will have preliminary results 3-4 hours after that, but he is confident that we will be under the 5%, which is remission. Any of you that want to shave your head so that Elijah doesn't feel bad about losing his hair, feel free to join Levi in that act (even though I disapprove), he thinks it will help Elijah cope with the loss of his hair. I had to put gel in his hair and spike it for one last picture before he loses his beautiful hair. That is all for now, we love you all!