**Several of you told me the link the the Halloween slideshow didn't work. So, I re-uploaded it and you can view it by clicking here.
Today we were all geared up to start the LAST in patient treatment for Forester. When his blood counts came back this morning his ANC (absolute neutraphil count - white cells) was only .730. Normal is around 5,000. It has to be at least .750 in order to be admitted to start chemo. So, no chemo today. There isn't anything we can do at this point to increase his count so we just have to wait for it to go up on it's own. The higher his blood count when he starts the better. So, we'll just pray it really goes up! We return Friday morning to check his count again and hopefully it will be high enough for him to be admitted. They only downside to this, besides all of us being ready for this to be over now, is Forester's 8th birthday is on Saturday. We had really hoped he would be able to be home on his birthday and so did he. But, as I reflect on this, maybe it will be more fun in the hospital...minus the chemo part. Maybe he'll get lots of birthday wishes and special treatment from the nurses and doctors? I think I will make giant posters to put on his hospital room door and do my best to be obnoxious and tell everyone, IT'S FORESTER'S BIRTHDAY! ;-0 Hey, there is a positive side to every situation, right? Right. Forester seems to be fine with this change in plans which is pretty miraculous! Thank you, Lord. My little fighter rolls with the punches.
A few moments ago I was looking at some pictures from Forester's birthday last year. Ugh. It made my heartache to look into that happy face. He's been through so much since then. He's lost so much innocence, had to be so brave, had to endure so much pain and sickness and change. It seems like yesterday and forever ago. It seems like forever ago that he had hair! But yet, I believe with every fiber of my being that God has a greater purpose in all of this. Forester's story is just beginning. God is just in the beginning stages of doing miraculous things through the life of Forester James Bradburn.
"And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
(one year ago)
I'll keep you posted.