Monday, April 18th

Today was pretty rough! Jacob had chemo again today. It was just outpatient, so you’d think that would be quick and easy. Should’ve been, but wasn’t. We got to the hospital at 1:30 and didn’t get out till after 6:00. They first put numbing cream over his port before they put the needles in and had to wait for that to work. Then they couldn’t draw any blood from either one of his ports (double pokes and major crying there), so they had to inject some medicine to unclog the ports and had to wait another hour. They were finally able to get some blood out after practically making him stand on his head to get it out (exaggeration!). Poor Jacob was a wreck! We had to wait awhile longer to get his bloodwork back and then do his chemo treatment. Removing the needles from his port were almost as traumatic as putting them in.

His bloodcounts came back pretty low, which I guess is to be expected. His white blood cell count was very low, so he needs to go back Thursday to have more blood drawn. If his counts are still low, then they will postpone his chemo next week to the following week.

He did farely well tonight. Somewhat nauseas, but took some meds for that and felt better. Just extremely tired and was asleep by 9:00. Hopefully he’ll sleep a little better tonight. He woke up with a couple bloody noses last night and didn’t sleep much after that.

Please pray that Jacob’s white blood cell count will rise tremendously by Thursday. We need that to rise because right now he’s considered high risk for infection and that could interfere with him enjoying the weekend with his Dad and family. Also, please pray that Thursday will go a little easier with the blood draw and that his ports won’t give them any problems. And above all else, for his healing! It was an extremely rough day for the both of us. It’s so hard watching your child cry in pain and hearing him say how much he hates his life right now and that he wishes he was home. It’s heartbreaking!!! I’m still trusting God! That’s all I can do is to put my trust in Him! He’s my only HOPE!!!!

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  1. Patti Ashack says:

    My heart just breaks for you as a mother!! And for Jacob as he’s so young and it’s just so hard to comprehend why everything has to be done the way it’s being done…. he should just have NO worries and NO pain! I’m so sorry you are all going through this – why? why? why? No answers. I know you don’t even know me, but I am Kyle Blair’s aunt and I have been reading your daily journal entries and praying like a mad woman for this little guy to get better and for you and all of your family as well. This hospital is a Great place to be with Great docs and staff and Mary Free Bed is a wonderful facility as well…. I know you are tired of it all, and anyone would be if they were put in your circumstance, but I pray that you just hang in there so Jacob can get the treatments he needs to get better and get the heck outta that place! You are in my prayers daily!! Big Hugs to you all!! Patti Blair Ashack

  2. Stacy Sibanda says:

    Erin, my prayers are with you and Jacob for healing and strength. I am so sorry you are all going through this. God will continue to give you strength, just keep leaning on him and find strength in him. Prayer works and God heals. My heart aches for you and Jacob, Ken & Caleb. We are thinking of you constantly and praying for you all the time. We are praying for healing, strength, and that Jacob will be cured and able to go home soon. We love you always! Love, Stacy

  3. Carisa Taylor says:

    Erin- My heart also aches for you. Your strength is incredible. Jacob’s courage is incredible. Our prayers and thoughts are non stop for you, Jacob, Ken and Caleb. We love you!

  4. Linda Sleeman says:

    Erin and Jacob “Iron Man” – I am praying for you every day that Jacob will soon be strong and healthy enough to come back home to the U.P. and that you will find the strength to watch your son go through all the treatments that will make him well again. It has to be so difficult to see your child like this, but with all the love and prayers that he has, he will make it through. Thank you for the updates on Jacob’s progress. We will plan on going to the benefit in May. Please have someone contact me if there is anything I can do to help with that. Hugs and blessings to you all.
    Linda Sleeman

  5. Tami Westman says:

    Erin, you and Jacob are in my prayers daily. My heart breaks for you. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up thier wounds.” Psalm 147:3 This has to be so hard and I praise God that He is there with you through it.

    Jacob, courage is doing things you don’t want to do but have to do anyway. You are right, this treatment thing stinks. You are also the most courageous person I know. I am praying for you and that your treatments get easier. My sister is a grown up and she has a port too….she doesn’t like it either.

    Here are your jokes today:
    What animal is best at hitting a baseball?
    A bat!
    What’s big and gray and has 16 wheels?
    An elephant on roller skates!

    Pastor Ron and I keep praying for you.
    Ms Tami



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