Friday, September 16, 2016

The James Gang goes to St Jude's

What began as some knee pain quickly became a whirlwind. Caleb had been complaining of intermittent knee pain for about a week. He began to limp and then would not bare weight on his left leg. He then spiked a temp. I called the next day and got him an appointment with the pediatrician for that afternoon.  

The annual women's conference at my church was the following day.  The morning session was AMAZING and I knew that the message was for me and that I was about to walk down a very difficult road. Little did I know how soon the journey would began. 

I took Caleb to the doctor that afternoon. From there he was sent to the ER and admitted. The initial diagnosis was thought to be osteomyelitis. After further testing, he has been diagnosed with B cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We were then transferred to St Jude's in Memphis. We had an amazing escort, Sammy, that entertained Caleb the whole way here. Once at St Jude's we discovered the leukemia is also in his bone marrow and spinal fluid. 

We will be here for the initially for an 8 week course of treatment known as the induction phase. The doctors say the first twenty one days of treatment are the worst. He will be receiving oral, intravenous, and intrathecal (spinal canal) chemotherapy. He will have to have at least 27 spinal taps. His entire treatment course will run two and a half years to three years. 

This is going to be a long difficult journey for our family. We covet your prayers. We are taking it ONE day at time ONE, and ONE drug at time.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

Philippians 4:6 NLT

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