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Monday, April 11th

Well, I must say…I am so thankful that we got out yesterday and had a good time with family because today…not so fun! We arrived back at the hospital at 11:00. Jacob had to have another IV put in for bloodwork and for the surgery. He is not very fond of needles, so that didn’t go over so well. He had his surgery to put his port in at 1:00. It took an hour and a half. Everything went well. He was back in his room by 3:00 and starving since he hadn’t been able to eat since the night before. He chowed!!! He ate a ton of food. Later on, his Uncle Neil, Aunt Kristina and cousin Brady came, along with his Grandparents. It was a nice distraction since he wasn’t diggin’ the port and stitches. They finally started his chemo meds around 11:00 tonight and about a 1/2 hour into it, he ended up getting sick to his stomach. Thankfully it was only 1 time and hopefully it won’t happen again. Poor little guy! Such a hard thing to watch. If only I could take it all away and put it on myself. He such a strong boy. I’m so proud of him!

Please keep praying for Jacob as he continues chemo. That he won’t have any more nausea and vomiting and that his fatigue will be kept at a minimum. Also continue to pray that his physical therapy goes well and that he keeps progressing.

Thanks again for all your comments and messages. Jacob enjoys reading them as do I.

Sunday, April 10th

What a wonderful day! Jacob had a very light schedule for therapy. He was done by 1:30. It was gorgeous here, we couldn’t just sit around and waste the day, so we decided to break out of this joint. Ken’s sister Kim brought over a vehicle for me so I would have some wheels to get back and forth to all the appointments. It was just too tempting! We’ve been stuck in this place way too long, so we hopped in the new van and left for Hastings (the town where both my sisters and their families live). We had a wonderful time! It was 85 degrees and Jacob was loving the fresh air and the freedom. Along with all the cousin time. We were able to stay until 7:00 and it was nice to see and smooch on Caleb. Jacob and I had a hard time leaving though – back to reality.

Well, tomorrow is another big day for Jacob. We have to head back over to Helen DeVos Hospital at 11:00 for Jacob to get some blood work done and then he will have surgery at 1:00 to have his port put in. We will be staying there both Monday and Tuesday night as he will also be starting his chemotherapy. Please keep Jacob in prayer while he goes through another tough process over the next couple days. Thank you for all your prayers!

Saturday, April 9th

I think today was by far the best day of all! Not only was therapy short and sweet, but they kept the work to a minimum and made most of it fun – Wii Fit, hand pedal bike video game, kick the soccer ball around, etc. He was done with therapy by 2:00, so we had the rest of the day free. We ended up getting a lot of company and that helps you forget where you’re at or what’s going on at the moment.

Let’s see….my sisters came and brought Caleb along with 4 of the cousins, my parents came and Ken’s Mom, sister Kim and her husband Dave. The best part is that Jacob and I actually got to leave rehab for a few hours to go out for dinner. Jacob was so excited! That was the first time he’s been out and about in almost 3 weeks. He was a little hyper. But then again I can’t blame the poor kid. We had a wonderful time and were bummed we had to come back. Can’t wait till he’s up and walking on his own. Please continue to pray for a speedy recovery! They are determined to make sure he is up and walking unassisted before they let him leave. We appreciate all the prayers we can get.

Friday, April 8th

Today was a little bit different of a day. Some of Jacob’s usual therapists were gone for training of some sort. It’s hard when you’re used to someone being there everyday and then all of a sudden they’re not. I think that kind of threw Jacob off, including myself. He still did good, but wasn’t as enthusiastic as he normally is. Most of his sessions today were all about strengthening his legs. He also did a lot of walking and he got to shoot a Nerf bow. He had a blast with that! Also, more Lego building while standing – always a hit!

Later this afternoon my sister and family (The Endsleys) brought Caleb up to see us. We had a great time visiting and the kids helped decorate Jacobs room. There are stars and planets hanging all over the walls and hanging from the ceiling. It’s a nice touch and makes it feel a little less like we’re living in a hospital. 🙂

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in Grand Rapids for only 17 days. It feels like so much more than that. But at the same time, I realize that Jacob has come such a long way in such a short amount of time. Even though it’s so tough being here – seeing what Jacob is going through, that my sweet baby Caleb isn’t with his mom or dad, and my wonderful husband is alone 8 hours away – I have peace, total peace knowing that my Heavenly Father is in control. It’s out of my hands and in His. He has a plan…something greater than any of us could ever imagine. And the best part is? We get to be a part of it!

Thursday, April 7th

Jacob had another good day again today. I hope I can keep saying that for awhile yet. First thing he got to do this morning was the Wii Fit. He loves that part. His balance is getting better and better everyday. He also got to do the hand-pedal bike video game along with some strenthening. This afternoon he had the opportunity of getting outside and enjoying the beautiful weather by riding a large 3-wheeled bike or tricycle (he’s not quite ready for the 2 wheels). At first he didn’t want to try it (I think he was embarrassed), but had a blast once he got outside. He rode all around the parking lot for a 1/2 hour. It was so nice for both of us to get outside and get some fresh air. The rest of the day wasn’t as fun. Just a lot of exercising and walking. They have him using 2 hand or arm crutches (not sure of the technical name) instead of the cane. They don’t want him favoring one leg more than the other.

Later this afternoon, Jacob’s Uncle Neil, Aunt Kristina and cousin Brady came for a visit, along with his Aunt Rachel, cousin Jayden and most of all, his cool little brother Caleb. His Aunt Rachel brought with her an envelope of things from the Red Wings that my cousin Steve (who’s currently serving in Iraq) arranged to have sent to Jacob, including a real autographed picture from Pavel Datsyuk. He was so excited!

We enjoy having company come visit so much! It takes the sting out of having to live in a hospital.

I’ll try to get some pictures on here soon.

Another Day

Jacob had another good day again today. This morning’s therapy included working on his balance with the Wii Fit again. He also got to do one of his favorite things – put a Lego set together while standing. He got a 2 hour lunch break and then right back into therapy for 2 1/2 more hours. That included kicking the girls butts in hockey again (I must say, they are getting a tad better), LOTS of walking and strengthening exercises and one tough assignment – putting together another Lego set while balancing on half of a ball. It’s about a foot and a half wide and sits flat on the floor, but the top looks like a bouncy ball. He wasn’t allowed to lean or hold onto anything. I don’t know how he did it for 1/2 hour (with two 2 minute breaks), but he did. He did say his legs were like jello afterward. He’s certainly a champ and determined to get out of here soon. They told him that they’re not letting him leave until he can walk out of here on his own. 🙂 Hopefully that’s sooner than later because we’re both sick of living in a hospital already!

We finished off the day by working hard on a 3-D castle puzzle. It was some much needed down time.

A Better Day

Jacob certainly had a better day today than yesterday. He ended up having 4 1/2 hours of P.T. Something new today was that Jacob got to play basketball. We actually played a couple games of HORSE. I’m going to brag that I won both games only because I’ve never been able to beat him before. He said it doesn’t count because of his condition, but I gotta take what I can get. 🙂 Jacob also played Wii Fit. They’ve had him on it just about every day to help with his balance. Best of all, he played “hockey” against 2 female Physical Therapists. They took turns being the goalie. It was quite entertaining! For those of you who don’t know Jacob, he’s played hockey for the past 5 years, so he gave those girls a run for their money. Plus just watching them try to hold a hockey stick was funny enough!

To top the day off, Caleb (Jacob’s younger brother), cousins Jared and Jay, and Aunts came for a visit. We all had some good laughs, as the boys were quite funny! It’s so nice to have company and so hard when they have to leave. Hopefully time here will start going by faster. We wish you all well!!!

One last thing, for all the Yoopers out there, there will be a Spaghetti Benefit Dinner for Jacob at the American Legion in Little Lake on May 21st. Time and details to follow…

A Workout

Jacob’s day didn’t start off too good. Between the thunderstorms and a lot of other things going on, Jacob didn’t get much sleep last night. He ended up having 4 hours of P.T. He did a ton of walking so they could evaluate him more, played a monster truck video game which was controlled by how fast he pedaled the hand bike and did some boxing to work on his balance. The therapists said they took it easy on him because he was so tired. It’ll be interesting to see what tomorrow will bring. Hopefully he’ll feel a little more rested – He’s snoring as I write this.

Thanks again for the thoughts, encouraging words and above all else your prayers. They mean more to us than you could ever imagine! Jacob’s told me several times over the past week and a half that he can’t believe so many people care about him and it’s always said with tears in his eyes. Your messages mean a lot to him and us, so thank you!

Jacob had a really good day yesterday. Some good friends came from the other side of the state to visit along with his Grandparents, Aunts and a couple of his cousins. His walking improved so much that they’ve given him a cane and he’s doing well. On a sad note, his Dad had to head back to the U.P.

Progress

Yesterday was a good day. They took it easy on Jacob since it was his first day doing physical therapy. He was able to go outside for a bit and walk around. It was a beautiful day and Jacob was so excited to get out in the fresh air. He also practiced walking up and down the stairs and we were so surprised at how well he did! 🙂

Today Jacob’s physical therapy was a bit more intense. He made macaroni and cheese for O.T. (occupational therapy). He kicked around a soccer ball for a while, which frustrated him because it was difficult to balance on one foot while he kicked with the other. He also got to play basketball and practiced squatting and picking things up. Jacob’s grandma and grandpa came for a visit this afternoon, along with aunts, uncles and cousins. They ate pizza for dinner, were able to visit for a while, and had lots of fun! Jacob even got a shirt with his own personalized army patches from his cousin Steve who is currently serving in Iraq!

For those of you who live in the lower peninsula, the Triumph employees are hosting a spaghetti benefit dinner on April 21st. It will be held at Tina’s Country House, located at: 50828 N. Avenue, Macomb Twp. (near 23 Mile Rd.) You can contact the hall at: (586)949-2280 More details to follow!