Brock Rocks

October 29, 2010

A week in review

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 9:15 pm

We’re still here.  Just busy, busy, busy.

Our week in review:

Monday – Brock’s 2nd birthday!!  Praise the Lord!  It’s so overwhelming to be celebrating a day we never thought we’d see.  Pictures soon.

Tuesday – sooner start therapy, gymnastics for Jaycie, lunch with Daddy, took B back to his regular pediatrician for his 2 year “well” check.  Brock hasn’t been in that office since the day before he was diagnosed.  The ped gave us the name and number of a speech language therapist that’s supposed to be really good with helping kids who have severe oral motor delays.

Wednesday – Brock got a fever and Praise the Lord!! because they were able to get us in to clinic instead of sending us to the ER.  Did some lab work, drew blood cultures, did a chest xray and a urinalysis.  The UA showed some red blood cells in his urine.  The chest xray showed a little “something” on his lower left lung (not sure if it’s pneumonia, atelectasis, or what).  And his white blood count was the highest I’ve ever seen it – 67!.  Either he has some type of infection or it’s REALLY high because we just finished a round of steroids.  Let’s pray for the latter, m’kay?

Thursday – Went back to clinic for more lab work (a CRP , and galactomannan antigen).  And we repeated the UA since the last one had red cells in it.  The galactomannan antigen is a blood test we usually do once a month; the trend kind of gives the doctors a picture of how the fungal infection is doing (I think).  They wanted to draw it again, even though we just did it last week, to make sure that the high white count and fever weren’t because the fungal infection is getting worse (especially since we recently stopped his iv antifungal medication).  By the way, if you click on that link for galactomannan antigen, the very first sentence tells you that the type of fungal infection that Brock has (had?) has a mortality rate of 74-92%.  Do we have a miracle child, or what??  Thank you, God!!

Today – Brock’s still been having a low grade fever, but it hasn’t reached 101 yet so we haven’t had to go back to the doctor.  We painted pumpkins tonight (because carved pumpkins = mold = fungal infection) and the kids had a blast.  Again, pictures soon.

Some of you that have been following Brock’s story from the very beginning will remember that last year for Halloween, even before Brock was diagnosed, Jaycie had this “great idea” for her to dress up as the little girl from Mary Poppins (Jane), for Brock to be the little boy (Michael), and for Jay and I to be Bert and Mary Poppins.  Well, obviously that didn’t get to happen last year so we’re making it happen this year!  I think Jay and I might be more excited that Jaycie is.  The costumes are awesome and I hope it’s as fun as Jaycie thought it would be – more than a year ago.

– Brock’s 2nd birthday!
– Mary Poppins clan for Halloween!

Prayer Requests:
– Please pray that whatever caused the fever and the high white count isn’t anything serious.
– Pray that Brock’s kidneys would continue to heal and function as God intended them to (because of the whole blood in the urine thing)
– Pray that we would all be able to spend some time at home for awhile.

Thank you so much for continuing to pray with us.  We love you!


  1. And we get pics of the Poppins Clan, right? So awesome!!
    Praise the Lord for this year of hard won triumph! Good job Jaycie thinking of that–it’s one of my favorite movies, just wait till you grow up–it’s one of the movies that is STILL good.

    Kiss both those beautiful children for me, will you?

    Comment by Cindi Cartwright — October 29, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

  2. You absolutely have a miracle child! And I love the Halloween costume ideas. You must post some pictures soon! 🙂

    Comment by Emily — October 29, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

  3. Brock is always in our prayers. Happy late birthday Brock! Ashers birthday is wednesday. He had his evaluation for SoonerStart today. Yeah! Brock is a miracle. We are so happy for you all!

    Comment by Britta Kiesel — October 29, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

  4. Yea!! Praying for a couple of peaceful weeks, hopefully at home : ) I hope that you all have an Awesome Halloween!! Can’t wait to see the costumes and pics!! Happy 2nd Birthday little warrior Brock!!

    Comment by Rachel Kolb — October 29, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

  5. Love ya’ll!! Keep up the good work 🙂

    Comment by Amy K — October 30, 2010 @ 1:55 am

  6. I just love reading the praise reports and watching your little miracle boy continue to grow. Continuing to pray for complete and total restoration for Brock.

    Comment by Susan — October 30, 2010 @ 6:42 am

  7. What fun to be the Mary Poppins gang. Praying for all of you and that little pumpkin Brockstar. Enjoy the weekend.
    Vicky and Sam Bass

    Comment by vicky bass — October 30, 2010 @ 7:01 am

  8. Sending big happy 2nd birthday wishes to you, sweet precious wonderful Brock!!

    “An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children, He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others” – A. W. Tozer

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ *GOD LOVES YOU* ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    In His Love,

    C.O.L.E. (Caring Openly, Loving Eternally) Prayer Team
    24/7 Prayer Line 888-365-COLE (2653)

    “There are many Americans who are clever and fearless, but the trouble is many are small children fighting an ugly disease.”

    Comment by Caterina Grove — October 30, 2010 @ 7:57 am

  9. Vanessa,
    My son has oral motor delay/not talking. We are looking speech therapy for our son Austin who is 2 years old. When you find out the name of the speech therapist would you let me know? Our ped doesn’t know any really good ones.

    Becky Keith

    Comment by Becky Keith — October 30, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

  10. Happy 2nd Birthday Brock! You are a walking miracle. There’s just no other explanation! I’m so happy you guys are getting to do Halloween this year! Have fun and know that you will all be in our prayers continually! God Bless!

    Comment by Katie Niles — October 30, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

  11. Just reviewed some of the pictures on line. I can hardly wait to see Mary Poppins and the whole crew. Thank you God for delivering this miracle child to this family. I pray that all the statistics will be invalidated as You work miracles in this life. Please heal Brock, please restore him to full health. His life is a witness to the miracles that occur when You are in our lives.

    Comment by Linda Heikkila — November 1, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

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