Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A few more things

When I talked to Whitney this afternoon, she expressed thanks that Forester had a day at the hospital that involved no pain! Amen to that!

Pete, Whitney & Forester arrived at 11:30am for Forester's hearing test. Then, they had the pre-op visit, another visit to the chemotherapy clinic for a height & weight check (Forester has re-gained the 5 pounds he had lost!), a successful meeting with Michelle, their Child Life Specialist, a brief Chick fil A break, and an echocardiogram and one other heart test. All test results were normal. They finally drove home at 4:30pm. They spent a lot of time waiting today, and Forester really wanted to go home, but overall, it was a day without drama and a day without pain. Praise the Lord for that!

They must arrive at the hospital at 7:30am tomorrow for the surgery to place Forester's radiation port at 9:10am. The surgery will take anywhere from 1/2 hour to 1 1/2 hours, and Pete & Whitney won't see Forester for about 3 hours. Thankfully, though, he will go home with them tomorrow. Please pray for a successful surgery, skill for the surgeon's hands, strength for Forester's body, no complications, and peace and comfort for all involved. I'm not sure exactly what time the spinal tap is, but please continue to pray Forester's spinal fluid is clear of all abnormal cells and that he has little (or no!) discomfort from the tap.

On Monday, they will meet with the radiologist at 11am to review the entire radiation plan and all of the possible side effects of radiation therapy. It will be an extremely difficult meeting, as was the meeting with the oncologist, so please begin covering it in prayer. Please pray for protection for their hearts and minds and for wisdom and compassion for the doctor. At 2pm Monday, they have another appointment at the chemotherapy clinic.

Tomorrow, they will reduce Forester's steroid to once per day for three days, and then he will be done. Please pray he does well off the steroid and has no withdrawal symptoms or rebound effects.

Thank you!!!

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