Gabey D. is our wonderful firstborn son. He was diagnosed with A.L.L (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) in May 2007, and has been going through a 3 1/2 year chemo treatment. We are trusting God, and believe He will show Himself Mighty.

Friday, October 26, 2007


We're ready.
Gabey got his other transfusion today, and there was no reaction, PTL.
We'll go in next week for count checks, and then the week after we'll see if he can go ahead with maintenance.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Ready to be Done

Gabey is done with chemo for a few weeks. All of his counts were so low, it's going to take a while to be able to start his next phase. He had to get a platelet transfusion today, and had an allergic reaction to it. He got hives, and had to get more benedryl. Tomorrow, he has to go in again for a hemoglobin transfusion. His ANC is less than 500.
Lord, please take good care of my boy. He is in Your hands.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Shots are DONE

I am so thankful that the shots are all finished. We had awesome help from our friend from church, Laurie. She came a few days last week, and gave him his shots. This week, our neighbor Bryan, came and did the shots 2 times, and Jeff actually did the shot once. It was rough on Gabey, but luckilly, it always went really fast, and Gabey got over it within a minute or so. He doesn't hold grudges, and was giving high 5's afterward. I'm so proud of him.

This Thursday is just to check his counts, and then he'll be on a rest.

Thank you so much Lord. You have made this phase so much smoother than I thought it would be.

Here is my big boy holding his baby brother. I love my awesome sons.
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Friday, October 19, 2007

Gabey's Doing Great!!

God has just brought Gabey through this last treatment so beautifully!! He's gotten sick only once, and the Zofran has kept him feeling fine. He's energetic, and happy. You can't even tell he's on these chemos. The doctors warned that most children get really bad side effects from these chemos that he's taking right now. They said that most children just want to lay in bed, and they feel so junky that even touching them hurts. God has just kept all that away for my little miracle.
We have only 3 more days on this treatment, and we have a rest. After that, when his counts are high enough we'll start on "Maintenance". This will be for the long haul of 3 years. He'll get an appointment every month, in that appt, every month, he'll get VCR in his tubey, and then every three months, he'll get an LP also. He'll be taking a few oral chemos the entire time also. It will be quite a break though, from the weekly appointments we're doing now. Prayerfully, his counts will do much better, and we'll be able to start him back in Sunday school, and go out and about.

On a side note.....
Gideon is HERE! I had baby Gideon on Monday afternoon. Here is a little slideshow for you. He is still in the hospital, which has been a lot of added stress to the event. He had a small minor surgery, and then wouldn't keep food down. They have been keeping him to make sure there isn't any underlying problem, and keeping him on IVs. He kept his food down yesterday, when they switched formulas, so hopefully, he'll be home by Monday.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Funny Guy

These are from a little while ago, but they're so cute.

Gabey was sitting on Jeff's foot, and laughing so hard.
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I was videotaping the movement of Gideon in my belly, and Gabey came up and started making faces.
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Friday, October 12, 2007

Full Steam Ahead!! PTL!

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Yesterday, we went to the doctor's and Gabey's counts were up to 2000! more than high enough to start the next treatment. God is so good!

It was a long day, but it went by very well. Gabey was so good, and we kept ourselves occupied quite nicely. We had to be admitted to finish our IV. The one chemo that he got yesterday sticks to the bladder, so they had to put Gabey on IV liquids to make sure everything was flushing well. That took longer than expected after the LP, so we just went up to a hospital room until it was done. It had to be at a certain level before they could give the chemo, and then he had to be on the IV liquids for 4 hours after the treatment. I was so happy to find out that they gave the Ara-C chemo through his line too, so he didn't have to get a shot yesterday. WOHOOO.

God is so wonderful. This day was the day I was dreading for a long time, and the Lord made it go so well. Gabey got sick to his stomach on the way home last night, and threw up, but other than that he seemed to feel fine the whole day, and is doing great today.

So, now that we are going ahead, Gabey will get a new oral chemo called TG (i can't spell the medical name, lol.) and he will get an Ara-C shot tonight, tomorrow night, and Sunday night. He's not upset at all though, because he's looking forward to the cars that we bought him for each shot. He'll be on the same routine next week, and just go in for counts, and the Ara- C in his tubey.

Awake and playing after his LP in the OR
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Amusing ourselves while waiting in the hospital room.
We played with ice from the ice machine.
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Video of the fun with ice.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Another Week

Gabey's counts were still too low to go ahead with the treatment, so we'll wait another week, and try again next thursday. His ANC is 500, which is better than last week. Whew.

He's doing just fine, happy and energetic. God is taking good care of him.

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