Brock Rocks

April 19, 2010

Forging Ahead

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 2:33 pm

Brock had a clinic appointment today to check blood counts and get the needle on his port changed.  They also took the dressing off his incision and chest tube hole.  The incision looks great…the hole where the chest tube was looks a little icky.

The group of oncologists met last week and decided that since they were able to get a significant amount of infection out of his lung that we should move forward with delayed intensification.  Tomorrow.  Jay and I have been praying for wisdom regarding whether or not to do DI and it’s a little reassuring to know that the doctors are in agreement on this (because in the past they haven’t been).

So he’ll go in tomorrow for a spinal tap (to get chemo into his spinal fluid) and for 2 kinds of chemo through his port.  He’ll also start steroids for 1 week.  This will be the first time he’s been on steroids since October.  Those side effects are usually the worst so I’m a little nervous about that.

By the way, the fungal infection is NOT gone.  There’s no way they could’ve removed all of it and even if they had it’s still in his kidney, liver, spleen, bone, eyes…  Please pray that as his counts drop with this round of chemo that the infection will not spread and get worse.  That’s the riskiest part of this and our biggest concern.  A great number of kids with cancer don’t die from the cancer, they die from infections…and Brock sill has serious infection throughout his body.

Brock made a little friend at clinic today.  A sweet 3 year old boy took it upon himself to entertain Brock while we were waiting.  His dad told me that they’d heard of us….it still shocks me when thing’s like that happen.  To K’s mom – if you guys have a blog or caringbridge page, would you mind leaving the link for me?  I’d love to be able to know how to pray specifically for him.

A few more things…

To Will’s wife (I apologize that I don’t remember your name) – thank you for the cake balls!  They were fantastic!  Jaycie loved the carrot cake ones.

To the PCBC Strong Foundations SS Class – thank you for providing dinners for us last week!

To “the committee” – thank you for the credits at Super Suppers (and for everything else).  I love you girls.

Thank you to the PICU and Hem/Onc nurses who take such good care of our baby.  And to the wonderful doctors, surgeons, and PAs who spend so much of their time caring for other people’s children.

Thank you to everyone who has bought a tshirt/bag/mug/etc from cafepress!

Thank you to everyone who came to the hospital on the day of surgery to sit with us.  You definitely helped the time go by faster!

Many, many thanks to everyone who has donated to the Brock Hart Fund.  God has taught me so much about generosity through you all and your giving spirit.  There are many medical bills we wouldn’t have been able to pay if it weren’t for you and we are so grateful.

Above all, thank you for praying for us and continuing to walk this road with us.  We love you!

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(why you should never leave a 1 year old alone with a box of tissues)

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15 Comments »

  1. I love the pic of Brock! Awesome to see him doing “typical” one year old things – even if it makes a huge mess! 🙂

    Comment by Missy — April 19, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

  2. I love the pic with the kleenex’s because Hudson loves to do the same thing with the wipes’ case. Just shove ’em back in the box. 🙂 Will be praying for him and the upcoming events.

    Comment by Amy Howell — April 19, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

  3. I just took a pic of Holly in that same pose this morning! Too funny! Love you guys and will continue to pray!

    Comment by Liv Wilson — April 19, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

  4. You have too much on your mind to be remembering my name right now 🙂
    I am glad that you enjoyed the cake bites….hope all goes well this week. We are praying for you.

    Kayla (& Will) Shockley

    Comment by Kayla — April 19, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

  5. The pictures are just precious. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Love you guys.

    Comment by Jill — April 19, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

  6. Continuing to pray for Brock and you all for continued healing and strength and peace. Blessings and Hugs, LOVE the new pics of Brock & Jaycee & Dad.

    Comment by Shannon — April 19, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

  7. We were at the clinic with Asher today also…would have been nice to meet you! Been following Brocks story since I first heard about you all thru Stacie Caywood, way back when..in Oct/Nov. We’ll be praying for Brock!

    Comment by Britta kiesel — April 19, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

    • i would have loved to have met you too! love the picture of asher on your blogspot page. so cute!!

      Comment by Vanessa — April 19, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

  8. Such a cute picture! We’ll be praying for Brock’s spinal tap tomorrow and the rest of his upcoming procedures! 🙂

    Comment by Susie — April 20, 2010 @ 12:30 am

  9. Our family continues to pray for Brock and your family daily. I’m so glad treatment is moving forward, as scary as that may be. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and I pray this new challenge (DI), proves to be yet another example of how God can make anything possible. Vanessa, your faith is truly inspiring, as is Brock’s strength to fight this battle. Good luck with everything this week and please give your beautiful children some extra hugs from our family. *Love the photos!!!

    Comment by Ashlye Goodner — April 20, 2010 @ 5:13 am

  10. my prayer posse is still on the job.our prayers are with you always. hugs and live.aj

    Comment by janice hart — April 20, 2010 @ 5:42 am

  11. my prayer posse is still on the job.our prayers are with you always. hugs and love aj

    Comment by janice hart — April 20, 2010 @ 5:44 am

  12. that should have read hugs and love. jerry”s side of the family arent good spellers.love aj

    Comment by janice hart — April 20, 2010 @ 5:46 am

  13. Thank you for the detailed post. I’ve been needing that. Praying today that God makes everything go well with the spinal tap (which we know isn’t easy for Brock),the chemo meds and especially the dreaded steriods. I pray for Brock to stay on an even keel through this and that his counts don’t drop so low as to allow infection to rage. I pray also for each of you that God will bless you with strentgh and confidence as you forge adhead.
    Love the pics!
    Love, Aunt Connie

    Comment by Connie — April 20, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

  14. This is Kort’s mom, Kayla. Kent told me about meeting you and Brock. Do you remember another day not too long ago that Kort came over and visited with you. I had told Kent about that and how amazed I was with Kort’s actions. It seemed he was drawn to Brock and now that he did it again I believe that to be true. Anyway, we’ve been praying for you all and will continue to do so. Kort’s site is kisses4kort.wordpress.com . Thanks for mentioning meeting Kort and maybe you’ll see us again soon. Kayla

    Comment by kisses4kort — April 20, 2010 @ 9:28 pm


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