They finally got Caleb’s fluids where they needed to be to start chemo last night at about 10PM. Unfortunately, that means that this trip – which goes through Sunday – will have chemo starting at 10PM each night, so he’ll be sleeping late and more throughout the day.
He did fine with the chemo, but afterwards they gave him a drug to help him relax and sleep. He had a severe reaction to it in the form of hallucinations, which is one of the possible side effects. He was seeing people standing around staring at him and saw skulls flying out of his bed. He thought his IV bags were two fish with big teeth that were trying to attack him. The nurses said that it would have to wear off and that they would take the medication off the list of ones he can take, so that should not be a problem anymore. Midway through his hallucinations, I thought some music might be soothing, so I put on some Planetshakers (awesome CD if you don’t have the newest one!) and Caleb started relaxing and calming down. He was laying on his back and suddenly lifted his hands and started crying out for God to help him and to be with him. He told God that he really needed Him. The whole atmosphere in the room changed! It was so powerful to see my son crying out to God for himself with no prompting or without leaning on Mom or Dad’s faith! A few minutes later he fell asleep, and then Holly and I followed closely behind as it was almost 2AM.
One of the chemo drugs will burn his bladder if it sits on it, so they are pumping a very large amount of fluids through him. They are very happy with the levels in his urine and there is no blood at all in it, which is good, but he is having to go to the bathroom every 30 minutes or so all day and night.
This morning he is in good spirits and has not wanted any food at all. He said his bladder is so full that it hurts. Last night he ate before they started all the fluids and with a full tummy AND bladder, he was miserable. He says he doesn’t want that feeling again! As I’m typing this, though, he just told Holly that he wants to eat a little breakfast, so all is good.
This morning I went down to get some breakfast for Holly and I. As I was getting on the elevator to come back, I was once again just overwhelmed with peace and the presence of God. I had the elevator to myself all the way up and just thanked God for His marvelous works and for healing us and just told him how awesome it would be if Caleb and some of the other children in our church with serious medical issues were immediately and miraculously healed. It very well could bring the revival we have been waiting for when people see His power at work and His love for us. God has been showing His hand lately with healings and miracles around our country, and it is obvious that there is a holy anger growing within our church towards the enemy and the attack he has brought against our young people. We’re just not going to take it anymore. One man at our church said that God put it in his heart to pray against all pancreas problems this week. I am praying against cancer and respiratory problems this week. Others are praying as well. The enemy CANNOT have our young people!! God has a plan for them and His purpose will prevail! (Jer 29:11, Eph 2:10)
Today’s scripture – Psalm 103:1-5:
“Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”