Blood checks don't sound too time consuming, do they? Once he gets into the lab it is less than a minute. He takes the needle in the arm like a champ now, as long as he can sit on my lap while I cover his eyes, that is. The time consuming part is getting all three kids ready to go. There are medicines that need to be taken, clothes on, hair brushed, teeth brushed, socks, shoes, coats, hats, and mittens on. Three children loaded into the van, unloaded at the hospital, registration at the lab (yes, each and every time), and lots of waiting until we are called back. ALL of that for a one minute procedure...it's exhausting!
Then we will arrive back home and I'll need to get our bags packed for another hospital stay. Jacob and I will leave early tomorrow morning for another four day hospital stay. He has his first scans tomorrow...which I am dreading. I want to know if the treatments have been working...but I also don't know want to know. Please keep this especially in your prayers. He will be receiving chemo each of the four days, getting a one month check-up with the radiologist on Monday, and then we should be able to leave for home sometime Monday afternoon.
Tonight is the benefit for Jacob that Ben's workplace is having. Jacob's face has been on posters around town, in the newspaper, and on the radio. He has felt famous with all this attention and it was nice to see him smile the other day when he heard his name come on the radio during the announcement section of the lunch hour. Of course a 5 year old boy doesn't truly understand that this is all for HIM, but we, his parents, do and could not be more thankful. It is amazing and heartwarming to see our family, friends, and even complete strangers rally around us.