Thursday, April 14th

Today was certainly better than the last few. Although the day started off tough for Jacob, because he was so tired, I definately noticed that he got better and better throughout the day. They did have 4 hours of physical and occupational therapy scheduled for Jacob, but they took it easy on him. Constantly asking him if he was tired or if he felt ok. He ate a little bit more than yesterday, but not as much as I’d like him to eat. This evening he had a sudden craving for popcorn, so I was on a mission. Thankfully I found some. He ate it all, so at least I know that his appetite is coming back.

One thing that Jacob has absolutely hated through this whole thing is needles. MGH kinda ruined it for him when they poked him close to a dozen times trying to get an IV in. He has to start having shots on a regular basis of Neupogen which is supposed to boost his immune system. Unfortunately, I’ll be the one giving them to him, but as long as we’re here at rehab or the hospital, the nurses can be the bad guys. Well, tonight was supposed to be the first night for it and he was so upset that he had to get poked again. The nurse put numbing ceam on it and had the needle in and out before he even knew it. Thank goodness! Maybe I won’t have to be the bad guy after all!
Please continue to pray for Jacob….1)for him to be healed of the cancer. 2)that the side effects would be minimal and 3)that he would continue to get stronger and be able to walk on his own without assistance. With the chemo knocking him down, this may end up being a set back for his recovery.

Thanks again for all your prayers! We’re continuing to trust God and we know that He has Jacob’s best interests in mind. The Lord is good!

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  1. Mike, Robin, Stina, Laura, & Erik says:

    Hang in there Erin. I’m sure it’s tough for all of you but I know you will all make it because you are all very strong. Praying everyday for all of you and remember we are here for you if you need anything. Erik’s going to write Jacob a letter so can you email me the address where to send? Thanks.

  2. Natanya says:

    Just read the last few days of updates…Made me want to cry!! I don’t know how you are able to stay so strong, Jacob!!! You are a little hero:) I can see God in all of this with you. I’m not much for needles either. I was in the hospital last summer, not for nearly as long as you have had to be, but long enough. My IV was extremely difficult to get in and the spot it was in was not very comfortable. I will be praying that your port will not give you anymore troubles. I will also be praying that you will gain strength every day and that your appetite returns. You are such an wonderful example to me and everyone else who is reading your updates. Thank you!! Stay strong little Iron Man!!
    Erin, I will be praying for you, your husband and for Caleb. I can’t imagine not being with my parents at that young age and I certainly can’t imagine not having my husband next to me during such a time. May God grant you all peace and comfort through this trial. God is good, all the time!!
    love and prayers from Arkansas,
    Natanya

  3. Matthew says:

    It makes me so happy to here that my friend is getting better. I feel so sad that Jacob can’t come to school. I pray for him every day. Cant wait to see him again.:)

  4. Tami Westman says:

    Thank you for the specific prayer requests. It helps knowing how to pray for you. My mother’s heart aches for you.
    Jacob; I’m so sorry this has been a rough week for you. You are being so brave. Let me tell you a secret….I know grown men that don’t like needles!Pastor Ron and I keep praying for you and your family everyday. Jacob, there are a lot of people out here that care about you.
    Here are a couple of jokes to hopefully make you smile:
    Q: Why did the chewing gum cross the road?
    A: Because it was stuck to the chicken!

    Q: Why did the horse cross the road?
    A: Because the chicken needed a day off!

    Ms Tami



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