Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dad and Josh on Christmas night!

Today Parker and I took Josh to his Dr.'s appt. in Tucson. All of the prayers are working! The Dr. did a physical exam and said that the tumors have definitely shrunk! Thank the Lord! He will still have a scan to determine how much they've shrunk and to see what's going on, but they're going to have him wait until Jan. 31st to give the latest round of chemo a chance to shrink them even more! Please continue to pray for great scan results! I'm praying the tumors will be completely gone when they do the scan! A friend of mine told me her dad was praying that God will wash away the tumors/cancer just like he washes away our sins! I really liked thinking about it that way, so that's how I pray all the time!

On another positive note- the Dr. said the next round of 5 day chemo can be done as an outpatient if Josh promises to go directly to wherever he's staying in Tucson (he can't go back to Sierra Vista) and stay inside the whole time that he's not having the treatment! He's so excited that he won't be stuck in the hospital! Just the thought of being in the hospital makes him cringe! Just finding out he didn't have to do the scan at the hospital made him happy! (He gets to do the scan at a place right down the street from the Cancer Center and I think the chemo will be done at the Cancer Center!)

One of things that was new info to me, was that he can only do a few more rounds of the 5 day chemo. The Dr. said he would like to keep him from doing more than 4 rounds. The drugs they're using are very dangerous to his other organs and after a certain point they've found out that the drugs don't continue to make things better. I guess the progress just plateaus.

They are trying to get him into the clinical study that he found out about right before the first round of 5 day chemo. His Dr. knows the Dr. that's doing it in L.A. and he thinks he can get him into that study after they're done with the intense chemo. I think it has something to do with giving him some kind of bacteria that liquefies the tumor. ?????? I'll give you more info about it when we find out exactly what it entails.

His blood count today was low so I'll be taking him back to Tucson on Thursday for a blood transfusion.

Today was a GREAT day! Please pray that he continues to have these kinds of days and that things just keep getting better! Please continue to pray for the scan results and his overall health! Today is proof that all of the prayers are working and that God is working on our miracle!

I don't know if everyone can read the comments or not, but our cousins daughter Brittany posted a comment under the Jan. 9th update about a cancer relay being held in Tempe, AZ in April. If you're interested click on the green letters under the post that say comments! If you can't get that to work, please email me and I will forward on the info. For some reason this program won't let me cut and paste what she wrote and I'm way too tired (had to leave my house at 6:30am to get Josh to Tucson on time) to re-type all that she wrote! Thanks Brittany for organizing this! Hopefully you'll have a huge team! Unfortunately the Crowley's won't be able to participate, because I'm not allowed to travel that far in April! It's too close to the baby's due date! But we will definitely be there in spirit. Mom thinks that they do something similar here in Sierra Vista, but she doesn't know when it is!

Thank you all for your continued support and prayers! Keep those prayers coming! Thank the Lord for all the good news we got today!

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