Thursday, July 14, 2011

3 years off treatment!!!

Oh what a joyous day it was 3 years ago today!!!  Thanks to our heavenly father Nathan was cancer free and receiving his last dose of chemo. 

We were finishing up a 10 day hospital stay after Nathan went into septic shock on the 4th of July that year from an infection that was unidentified.  On that 4th of July, Nathan woke up running a really high fever, in the 102 range.  When you have a child with cancer anything over 100.4 means you are going to go to the hospital for at least 48 hours while cultures are ran.  Since it was the 4th of July the doctor on call was trying to let us stay home since we had spent every other holiday since January in the hospital including Caleb's birthday and my birthday.  Later that day his fever got up to 103.4 so the doctor said that we needed to bring him in.  Once we got to the hospital they started IV antibiotics (in his central line).  Within minutes of that antibiotic being released into his system, he became lifeless and his color began to change.  We had an awesome nurse that day that noticed it and acted immediately!  We were in the room with about 5 doctors, 10 nurses and a respiratory therapist.  They were all working on my baby boy while I sat holding him.  I am so thankful that God placed our favorite Nurse Practitioner right across the street at the Ronald McDonald House that day.  She was up there within 10 minutes just to support me.  God's hand was on my baby that day and put the right nurses and doctors in our path and I am so thankful for that. 

Nathan then spent 2 days in the PICU and we were so blessed to have our favorite Nurse Practitioner (who works weekends in the PICU) take care of Nathan both Saturday and Sunday while he was in the PICU.  My poor baby was not himself for almost two weeks after that incident, but I am so thankful that he soon became his happy, bubbly personality again. 

Three years later Nathan's personality continues to grow, but what a sweet personality he has.  Right now I am watching him play on the couch with his sister and listening to them laugh and play so sweetly together.  He is so loving and cuddly.  I know that his life has been touched by God!

Thanks for following Nathan's story and may God bless each of you!



Cameron VSJ said...


I have a quick question about your blog, would you mind emailing me when you get a chance?



Matt and April Kelly said...

Hi Cameron,

I am not sure how to reply to you other than replying to your comment. How can I help?