Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Back on J-5 at Children's

Tyler had a rough day yesterday, but by late evening he was able to hold down his meds and get some rest. However, at 5:30 this morning that all changed. The pain was very severe, and he simply could not hold down his meds (or anything else). We took him into the cancer clinic, where they hooked him up to IV's to try to get some of the medication and fluids back into him. The vomiting did not stop. When we were in Monday, Tyler's blood counts were still looking good. But as of today they have dropped. His white blood count is back down to o.2, and the other counts appear to be moving down as well. Also his blood pressure has dropped dramatically, causing his heart to race. Nothing seemed to help in the clinic, and his temperature continued to rise. Finally the decision was made that Tyler had to be re-admitted. By that time, Tyler could not even get himself into the wheel chair.

Now Tyler is back on the oncology floor (which is called J-5). Tyler fought very hard not to go back, but until he is able to hold the meds down long enough to fight the infection, there is really no choice. He will be getting more x-rays and scans in the morning to try to identify what is going on in his abdomen. There is also growing concern about Tyler's bed sore, especially now that his white count has dropped and he does not have the ability to fight infections.

Please pray for the strength of Tyler. So far Tyler has fought this fight with his inner strength. I understand and respect that, but this is a long and difficult journey. At some point, I believe, Tyler will need to open up to someone about what he is going through. I am finding this is one of the biggest issues with teenagers fighting cancer.

Please pray for Brett. He is a 17 year old fighting Burkitt's Lymphoma. We will be seeing him admitted to J-5 on January 8th to begin his process for his bone marrow transplant.

Please continue to pray for Kylee, as she soon will begin her 3rd round of chemo on J-5.

Please pray for Stef, a father, husband, and friend we have only meet through the Internet. He has stage IV metastatic colon cancer, and has begun chemo again.

Please pray for the continued good health of Jana, who celebrated a wonderful Christmas as her Burkitt's is in full remission.

Please pray for Olivia. She is out of the hospital, but still has a long road ahead of her.


"I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me."
---Philippians 4:13



"There is only one path to greatness and it runs through hell. Trials make or break a person. The greater the ordeal, the more strength you’ll attain upon surmounting it, or the further you will fall. So while I have been given a terrible curse, I have also been given a rare opportunity. I would go so far as to call it an ugly blessing. While it has been challenging, I’ve had friends, family, and resources to help me through it."
---Miles Levin

9 comments:

Jeff & Rhonda Hoffman said...

Sounds like Tyler will be able to rest and get what he needs to feel better while in the hospital. I am thankful that he has wonderful parents who are taking such great care of him....that means so much and is not always the case. I will pray hard tonight for strength for Tyler and rest for all of you. Remember, he is one day closer to a cure!

Cathy Sankey said...

Dear Tyler,

Please know that you have a huge family at Dublin Jerome who are thinking of you and praying for you each day. We are sorry that some of your days are so rough, but know we are sending positive thoughts your way. We are thankful to your friends and to your blog for updates so that we can keep you close. Hang in there-- better days are ahead.

Mrs. Sankey

Deyerles said...

Dear Tyler,

We are praying for you at this very moment. I know you wanted so badly to return home. But hopefully you will be able to get some relief while you are there on J-5. I know you may not feel very strong right now but you are! You will get through this and be home again real soon. Lean on God. He is with you. We love you.

Debbie

Anonymous said...

Praying for you as I type. Thank you for keeping us updated. Hang in there.

Sara

dmf-dana said...

Tyler

Your Dad's Dublin Men's Fellowship group has you in our prayers and we are praying for strength and encouragement for you. Dig down deep and remember that you are one step closer in winning this battle.

Stay strong in your faith and call upon on The Lord and he will only give you what you can bear.

Wishing you the best.

Dana and Joanne Mack

Sandi said...

Please know that our family will continue to pray for you guys. I was so saddened to learn that Tyler is back in the hospital. While that may seem to be the best place to heal him, it is so difficult I'm sure to head back there once again. Home is so much better. I will also pray that Tyler will be able to confide in someone and that the rest of the family will be able to do that as well. As a caregiver, I know how important it is to be able to have a trusted friend to confide in. A friend passed this verse on to me and it really meant a lot. I hope your family can find comfort in it as well. Is. 40:11 He tends his flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. I hope you all have a better week. Sandi Tarapchak.

Julie Strunk said...

Tyler,

We continue to pray for you everyday.

"God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it." 1 Corinthians 10:13

Love,

The Strunks

grandma Bonnie said...

Tyler,

Grandpa and I are so sad that you are back in J-5. We are praying for your doctors and health care professionals to do everything possible to get you back home.

Tyler, winners like you are like biscuits - when things heat up, they rise to the occasion.

Keep on Winning!

We love you but God loves you more and He is in charge.

Healing thoughts coming your way,

Grandma Bonnie

grandma Bonnie said...

Tyler,

Grandpa and I are so sad that you are back in J-5. We are praying for your doctors and health care professionals to do everything possible to get you back home.

Tyler, winners like you are like biscuits - when things heat up, they rise to the occasion.

Keep on Winning!

We love you but God loves you more and He is in charge.

Healing thoughts coming your way,

Grandma Bonnie