Tomorrow we start another regimen of chemotherapy, but today we have an off day. We are going to go over our medication plans and will write everything out for each day so we have it all in one place for easy reference. Also, home school starts back for the boys today! We had given some thought to sending Joshua to New Hope School since we are staying in Augusta, but we are going to hold off on that for now. I was just concerned about Caleb not feeling well enough at times for school, but we can work around it as necessary. They are ready to get rolling with it again.
We gave Caleb his first injection last night. It was a little painful for him. He asked how often he had to take the injections. I told him it would be every day. He was a little dismayed, but was fine with it. He is such a trooper! It breaks my heart to see him have to go through some of this stuff.
I talked with a doctor yesterday that is a very close friend. I asked him about the significance of the tumor softening. He explained that the softening is not due to cells moving around or loosening up. It is because the cancer cells are DYING. I wondered why the other doctors did not share that little nugget, but I think that many doctors believe that it is best to prepare people for the worst-case scenario. I believe people should be aware of the negative possibilities, but hope is one of the most powerful forces on earth. I can understand that some people feel hopeless at times, and I don’t know how you go through these things without having hope. But we know that our God is the Great Physician and we have hope in Him. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (NLT)
We just got word this morning that another friend will be here shortly with lunch (I’m not calling any names, but she’s the wife of the doctor I was just talking about and overall full of awesomeness). We are so blessed! That’s another thing I don’t know how people make it through tough times without having- an awesome church family! I told someone yesterday I feel like Moses. There was a time when Israel was at war and as long as Moses held his hands up, the Israelites were winning. Whenever he dropped them, they would lose. So he had some men to stand beside him and keep his arms raised. That’s how I feel. I have people standing around me helping me hold my hands up in praise. Together, we have the victory!
Today’s scripture – “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
The doctors suggested we cut Caleb’s hair really short so it is less traumatic when he loses it in a few days. He was really concerned about cutting it short and how it would look. Of course, I am biased, but I think it looks great! I told him it was an Army Warrior cut, and it’s appropriate because we are at war – and WINNING!