The past two weeks have been relatively uneventful for Luke. He was scheduled for a lengthy round of chemotherapy last week, but his blood counts had not yet recovered enough for him to resume treatments. This is a very common occurrence for chemo patients. So, last Monday Luke was given blood and injections to help improve his blood counts, and he happily spent the remainder of the week at home. When they tested his blood later in the week his levels had returned to normal. He is scheduled to be admitted to the clinic for five days of inpatient treatment beginning on Tuesday. In addition, tomorrow (Monday) Luke will receive his prosthetic leg, He is excited about this, and also preparing himself mentally for the physical therapy grind that he is facing. He will begin his P.T. while he's in the hospital this week.
A few specific prayers:
1) Physical and emotional strength for Luke during this lengthy run of chemo.
2) Endurance as Luke learns a new way to walk. This is a hard process.
3) Luke is participating in a Solo & Ensemble competition in early February, and has been practicing his flute and piano to prepare for this event.
Our family continues to be so thankful for the consistent prayers and support we're receiving from so many people. One of the cool connections we've made is with Thomas, who founded a ministry called "Faith in Deeds" that aims to disciple orphans in a very poor community in India. Thomas himself has an amazing story (you can read about it here) and has faced a ton of adversity, and he's been an encouragement to Luke. I've attached a picture of the greeting he sent Luke from the FID children's home over the weekend.
Can't stop, WON'T stop praying for God to heal our boy. (James 5:14-16)
James & Lu,
(for Sam, Jay & Luke)