Brock Rocks

March 23, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 4:10 pm

Well, the fever continues so we went back to the clinic this morning so they could draw more cultures and do a CBC.  Thankfully, nothing has grown on any of the hundreds dozens of cultures we’ve had drawn lately.

Brock gave us a little bit of a scare this morning.  At 4:30 I woke up and he was having very labored breathing.  (His breathing was so loud that THAT’S what woke me up)  He had nasal flairing, mild retractions, mouth breathing, belly breathing…all signs that he was working too hard to breathe.  I put him in our bed with Jay and got in the shower to get ready to take him to the ER.  I prayed the whole time I was in the shower that God would slow down his breathing…make it easier for him to breathe…that God would breathe HIS life into him.  When I got out of the shower he was still working kind of hard but it wasn’t nearly as bad as before.  The nasal flairing and retractions had gone away.  So we watched him for the next hour or so while he slept and when he woke up he was fine.  Fine for him at least.

I told them about it when we went to clinic for cultures and they said it’s probably just an upper respiratory infection and that it’s harder to breathe when he’s laying (lying?) down.

Then we had an appointment with the opthamologist.  When he was seeing us in the hospital, he was just dilating Brock’s eyes and then looking at the retina, nerves, etc in the back of the eye.  This time they did a full eye exam (in addition to dilating, looking, etc.) 

The results are:
– no active fungal infection in his retinas.  just scarring.  (praise the Lord!)
– the scarring that’s in his right eye will affect his vision.  it’s like he has a blind spot in that eye – not something that glasses can correct.
– he has some nearsightedness and astgimatism and will need glasses within the next year.  (how cute will that be?!)
– they don’t think the head-tilting thing has anything to do with his vision.  so that’s still a mystery.
– follow up appointment is in 6 months.  SIX MONTHS!  i can’t explain to you what it felt like to make an appointment that far in the future.

When we were leaving the exam room the opthamologist told us how great it was to see us in clinic instead of in the hospital.  He said that he had been VERY worried about Brock back in November when the whole fungal infection thing was raging.  (That makes two of us, buddy)

So, we’re still praying for the fevers (and whatever is causing them) to go away and tomorrow we meet with our oncologist to discuss treatment plan. 

Thank you so much for continuing to pray with us.  We love reading all of the comments you leave.  It’s so encouraging to us to read what you have to say and know that someone else loves Brock (almost) as much as we do.  😉


  1. So glad for good news again : ) Dylans twin Ryan does that head tilting thing when he looks at objects close to him. He will see the eye doctor next week. They both have the astgimatism. This developed after the last eye appointment. Hmmm. Good luck at the doctors figuring out the best treatment plan and praying the fevers go away. Take care- Stefanie

    Comment by Stefanie Turcotte — March 23, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

  2. We continue to pray for your family.

    Comment by Melinda — March 23, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

  3. Praise God that the fungal infection is gone in his eyes! Brock will be so cute with glasses- can’t wait to see him with them! Praying that the yucky fevers go away and stay away, and no more waking up poor mommy at night with the heavy breathing! Praying that the chemo treatment is easy this week. Yes, you are right, we love Brock very much, but of course not as much as his wonderful family does! Bless you all,


    Comment by Shannon — March 23, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

  4. I am totally pumped up for you guys! I could feel the passion in your typing! =) Fevers stink and I am praying they go away! Oh, and you are so right about one thing…HOW CUTE WOULD GLASSES BE!!!!

    I’ll pray that the lord gives the doctors the wisdom to create a plan for Brockstar’s treatment!

    BTW, Love the new pics. Your babies are precious.

    Comment by Alyssa — March 23, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

  5. Sounds like good news to me! Love it that you guys are still home, even if you are making quite a few clinic trips. Sleeping in your own bed is a God Send!

    Comment by Melissa Scopes — March 23, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

  6. hey, love and blessings to all of you!!
    Brock looks good and that snazzy Jacie-girl is such a beauty! So glad to hear the good reports–I pray for your continued strength–there is still a long way to go!
    I wish so much that we could come and help you guys out some! Can I bake you some food? request anything you would like–bread–cookies……….anything that you think would travel ok-
    -or if this is just not a good time, then let me know when you feel like it!
    thanks for the pictures!!
    Austin’s wife Angela will have the baby anyday now. today was her bd and the due date too. (maybe you know all that)
    sending you god’s love and prayers everyday!!
    ************Jacie, how was that peanut place? what did you eat?
    you are so fun in your pictures! i like your pink ************hat!

    sending you god’s love and prayers everyday!! kim

    Comment by kim mcdermet — March 23, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

  7. Love good news and LOVE to hear you sound the way you do. I hear happiness in your voice and that makes me smile, friend. LOVE YOU (and that sweet boy :)!!!

    Comment by Missy — March 23, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  8. babies wearing glasses are the CUTEST IN THE WORLD! praying for brock and so thankful for the way God hears and answers.

    Comment by mrs. darling — March 24, 2010 @ 7:12 am

  9. Vanessa, with all that’s been going on since feb, I’ve not been posting messages, but want you to know that Jim and I continue to pray for Brock’s healing and for support, peace and comfort to all of your family.
    Love, Aunt Connie

    PS Your Dad gave me a copy of the paper!!!

    Comment by Connie — March 24, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

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