Wednesday, April 27th

I am so impressed with how well Jacob is handling this round of chemo. I’m sure it’s by the grace of God. Still no nausea. Maybe a little fatigue, but hard to tell if it’s from the chemo or just from being lazy. 🙂 He did end up throwing up last night, but he had just taken a handful of pills and they came up almost as fast as they went down. Then he was fine. It all came and went in a matter of seconds.

Today went nice and smooth again. He got up and ate breakfast. We were just having a friendly argument about him doing some homework when one of the volunteers stopped by and asked if she could take him up to the playroom. Normally, I thrive on being somewhat of a strict mom and sticking to my guns, but not with these circumstances – I caved! He had a blast. We played some basketball and then he did some painting. He also worked hard on a secret Mother’s Day project while I chatted with another Mom. He’s very proud of the gift that he’s working on. I guess it’s not quite done yet, but there was a lot of hammering going on.

After a couple hours upstairs in the playroom, we had some lunch and we decided to turn the computer on. Jacob’s Aunt Kim got him a laptop with Skype so he could stay in contact with family and school. We got it up and running and we were able to connect with Jacob’s class. It was so much fun watching and listening to them talk back and forth. He enjoyed it so much. That made his day! That went on for about a half hour and then they got down to business and did some work. Jacob’s teacher, Mrs. Paulsen, started their science lesson and Jacob got to follow along with his science book here in Grand Rapids. Amazing technology! He did have to start his chemo during that time, but it was a nice distraction for him. Thanks to everyone at Sawyer for getting that set up!

The rest of the day was pretty ho-hum after that. What can compete with that? We just relaxed and finished out the evening with watching funny YouTube videos. You get desperate trying to keep yourself entertained after being in a hospital for over a month. ha!

Thanks again for all your messages and jokes (Ms. Tami). Jacob enjoys reading every one of them. I wish we had the time to answer back to all of them. Please know that they are all very much appreciated!

Please continue to pray for Jacob everyday! We are so thankful for all of your messages and your amazing donations, but nothing is more important to me than praying for my dear son. That’s worth millions to me! I am so amazed at how well he is handling this whole ordeal. I know that he is an amazing kid, but I also know that from your prayers and God’s grace and love, he will make it through this.

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  1. Lois Gieleghem says:

    I just wanted to say again you are in my thoughts and prayers. You spoke of Jacob’s nausea. When I took care of Fred, he always had the nausea, so I put a few drops of wintergreen oil on a cloth handkerchief. It seemed to help when he thought he was going to be sick, or just when he felt yucky. For my Mother, I used lavender oil. We put it on a cloth handkerchief, but sometimes she would want me to put a drop on her pillowcase. It may help. Take care, always, Lois.

  2. Barbara Bach says:

    Hello Jacob! I am looking out my window at snow falling and sticking and covering everything with white. Not the scene I want to see! I am so glad that you were able to hook up with your class and Mrs. Paulsen via Skype. How neat is that!! I know your friends were excited to be able to see you. I know they miss you as much as you miss being in the UP. Mom said you may get a mohawk. I wonder if you did and if your friends saw that. They would get a kick out of that. Keep up the good fight. You’re doing a great job in this battle.
    Sending lots of love and hugs!

  3. Natanya says:

    Hi Jacob!! Glad to hear that you are doing so well with the chemo! Maybe your mom can get some ginger tea or gingeale to help with the nausea?? I would love to send you a hat from Arkansas if you would be willing to send an address! We have some pretty cool camo Razorback hats down here;] We also have had some tornado warnings like you had! Two other ranches that we (Glenhaven Youth Ranch) are close with with were hit very badly. Thankfully, God protected all the people within those ranches just as He protected you in your hospital room. We had some really big thundestorms, but, living in a valley on the top of a ‘mountain’ (they are really just BIG hills!!), keeps us safe as it seems to break up the rotation of the clouds. It’s all very much a God thing!! Anywho, keep up the fight, Jacob! I will continue to pray for you as you are walking this path set before you. May you continue to be blessed with few side effects! I pray for strength, stamina, and comfort for you and your family. Take care!!!
    Natanya

    • Erin says:

      Hi Natanya! Thank you for your continued prayers! So thoughtful of you to want to send Jacob a hat. You can mail it to: 4400 Bayne Rd., Hastings, MI 49058

  4. Kevin Taylor says:

    Hey there Stieler family! I got so wrapped up in all the activities of Easter that I failed to keep in touch with you guys. Sorry about that! It is great to read the updates. We continue to lift you all up in prayer each Sunday morning. We love you all very much. May God bless you today!



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