Luke is scheduled for chemotherapy treatment #14 tonight (Friday) and then #15 again tomorrow (Saturday) night. This run includes some medicines that Luke will be experiencing for the first time, so please keep praying for his body and mind to tolerate these chemicals.
This week Luke experienced his first significant side effects from the chemo, as he got dehydrated because the nausea was making it difficult for him to eat and drink. We brought him to clinic to receive IV fluids and nutrition, and he spent a couple of unexpected nights at the hospital while they made sure his levels and counts were all ready for his next run of chemo. It's nice for Luke's body to be on the correct meds and such before the chemo, but his mind and his soul ache for home. He missed school all week, and misses his friends and his brothers and sleeping his own bed. He is very tired and often discouraged, so we are praying for God's mercies to be great this weekend so he can be home resting for the next week, enjoying a peaceful Thanksgiving with his family.
We are so proud of Luke. His circumstances are so challenging. It was a blessing to be able to spend the day with him today, watching a movie and playing cards and talking about strategies to endure the treatment required to eradicate the cancer from his body. Luke is a funny, brave, and thoughtful young man. Our prayer remains the same. We can't stop, WON'T stop praying, for God to heal our boy. (James 5:14-16)
James & Lu
(for Sam, Jay & Luke)