Monday, March 30, 2009

I wanted to pass out this reminder to continue our prayers for little Nate, Wes & Jackie. Nate continues to make progress day by day. He is still on a feeding tube but on Friday he chewed food for the first time. He is pulling himself up now and walking around the couch on his own. Little steps of progress are taking place each day. While Doctors and therapist have done wonderful and great things, there is no doubt that this is a direct result of the many prayers that have been lifted up for Nate. Please know that the prayers that have been offered up are heard by our Father. Nate will go back for another round of chemo this next Tuesday.

James 5:16 "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective".
Jackie just provided this update on Nate's status and wanted to pass this on to everyone. Let's all continue our prayers for Nate's progress. Our God is faithful.

"I am sorry we haven't updated in the past week or so. I know everyone praying is wanting to keep up with Nate's progress. Wes has been back to work on a normal schedule finally trying to catch up , and I have been taking Nate to his doctor appointments. Nate is doing great at home. Playing with Jake and Luke has been great therapy for him. He gets chemo every other day and goes to therapy appointments between chemo appointments. We are on the road to the doctor a lot, but what a blessing to be at home as a family at the end of the day!!! He will go back into the hospital next Tuesday for inpatient chemo, he will stay until it clears (about 4 days)and then return the following Tuesday for another 3 day chemo stay. He is pulling himself up to stand and crawling up our stairs. His speech is gradually getting better. He has another MRI at the end of April. Please pray that he continues to respond to the chemo well and regains his motor functions, and that we will clear the chemo next week and continue to make progess. Thank you all for your continued and consistent prayers and support."

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wes just called and provided this update. Nate was able to come home from the hospital last Sunday and returned again to the Hospital on Tuesday for another round of chemo treatment. This is a treatment of Cisplatin which has caused him to throw up more and become dehydrated. The Dr's are considering letting him go home again tomorrow but it will depend on if he continues to be sick and if he is dehydrated. This treatment is also known for hearing loss and the Dr's will test for any hearing loss as well. Please be in prayer that Nate is able to come home again following this treatment with no complications.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Great News for Nate!

Wes and Jackie just heard from the Hospital that Nate will be released to go home today for 3 days. Praise God for this news!!! All of us remember just months ago the life threatening situation Nate was in and now he has made such great progress that they feel very comfortable for him to go home. Truly our God is faithful to hear the prayers of His children. We can always cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us and He cares for Nate. God has also used very capable Dr's and Nurses to stand by Nate’s side daily and care for Him through this. He will be home for 3 days and then return for more treatment. Wes and Jackie are both overjoyed at this news as we can all imagine. Let's all thank and praise God for this news today and ask for God's continued help for Nate, Wes and Jackie.

Friday, March 6, 2009

UPDATE: Thank you for the prayers. God is good. He cleared this morning at .05!! Down from 3.3 is a big jump. Thanks again.

Please pray for Nate. He is currently trying to clear his third round of
Methatrexate. This is the drug that sent him to the ICU the first time he
got it and wound up paralyzing him due to low sodium levels. At this time he
was hours away from clearing it and then all of a sudden the Methatrexate
level spiked back up dramatically. He needs to be below 1.0 to officially
clear, he was at 1.3 and then within four hours went back up to 3.3 and we
are nearing the 72 hour clearing period after the drug. As you can imagine,
everyone up here is watching this very closely. Instead of increasing the
fluids like the first time, which lowered the sodium, they are giving him
more of a folic acid that is supposed to stick to the Methatrexate and pull
it out. It takes a little while for this to happen, so the next check will
be at 4am. His sodium and other levels right now are fine, but they are
watching them. The prayer would be that by 4am he is well below the 1.0
Methatrexate level and that all of his other levels are perfect i.e. sodium,
potassium, magnesium, etc. We have been cruising along lately and do not
want any setbacks or trips to the ICU. God is good and will hear our
prayers. Thank you all.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Another Round of Chemo for Our Big Boy!

Wes asked for us to be in prayer for Nate today. He is going back to Children's Hospital and will begin the 3rd round of Chemo treatment. This first part is a mixture of chemo that is given for 24 hrs and then has to be flushed out the system. The first time Nate took this there were many life threatening complications that came up. Please be in prayer now as he begins this treatment again. After about 4 or 5 days Nate will be able to return the Baylor Children's House for therapy where he has made so much progress over the last several weeks. Let us all continue in prayer for Nate as our God hears our prayers and is faithful.