Brock Rocks

February 8, 2012


Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 9:26 pm

Brock’s hanging in there. He got a fever at 1am last night (or this morning, I suppose). Jay took him to the ER for blood cultures, CBC, and a chest X-ray and they made it back home around 5am. His chest X-ray looked normal (for him). If he gets another fever we’ll have to go back to the ER. His breathing has stayed stabled as well.

Several people have asked me if RSV is something that can be treated with antibiotics and he’ll just get better. In short, no. It’s a virus and so antibiotics won’t do anything to treat it. That’s why it’s so dangerous for someone like Brock who is immune compromised. The only way to get rid of it is for your body’s immune system to fight it off and his immune system doesn’t work well because of the chemo. We’re also worried about Reese getting it because young babies have immature immune systems and often have trouble fighting it off.

– the boys got to come home from the ER
– Brock’s breathing has remained stable
– Reese and Jaycie still seem unaffected

Prayer Requests:
– pray for no more fevers
– pray that his little immune system will work as best it can
– pray that his lungs stay healthy and his breathing remains stable
– pray that the girls, especially Reese, wouldn’t get it

And now for a funny little story…

A very nice girl approached me at Target yesterday and told me she knew who I was from this blog or maybe Brock’s Facebook page…I’m not sure.

When I say ‘girl’ I mean she was not much younger than me – in her twenties I’m sure. But I didn’t want you to think I meant a little girl. What else would you say? Lady? That sounds too old…


She told me she knew me and had been praying for Brock and for us. She was so kind and I hope I was kind in return. Moments like that have happened to me several times (that was the 2nd time at Target!) and I always get so awkward and don’t know how to respond. My husband, sister, and best friend would all tell you that sometimes I come across as rude even when I truly don’t mean to be! Knowing that gives me even more anxiety so I TRY to be even nicer but then I feel even more awkward and I’m just never sure if I come across the right way.


The funny part? So after she told me she knew me and had been praying for us I asked her name. When she said “Vanessa” I started to say (much too enthusiastically, I’m sure) “That’s my name too!!” (because really, how often do you come across someone with the name Vanessa) but before I could get the sentence out I realized….uh…she already knows that.

I’m such a dork.

So if you see me at Target or Barnes and Noble or Crest PLEASE stop me and say hi. God uses you to minister to me in those moments and I’m always so blessed by it. But PLEASE don’t be offended if I act like a big awkward dork. 🙂


  1. I still refer to myself, and others our age, as girls. Weird.

    I laughed out loud at your excitement of sharing a name & almost telling her…nice.

    Praying for healing for Brock & good health for everyone else!

    Comment by Mrs. Darling — February 8, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

  2. I’m praying for all of you. My grandson got RSV when he was just a week old so I know how that is. He is now a robust young 22 year old and all’s well. Thank God. Little Brock is in God’s hands and we trust he will get well. Jesus said “All things whatsoever ye desire when ye pray, BELIEVE ye receive it and ye shall have it.

    Comment by Olga Pruett — February 8, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

  3. Awkward dorks unite!!! Praying for Brock’s immunity to kick RSV’s butt!

    Comment by Liv — February 8, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

  4. V you can act anyway you want! I have never known you to be anything but warm and kind. Let’s face it you have got to be worn out. Your energy is going to Brock and your family, as it should be! Don’t worry about what people think, just be your wonderful self! I’m sending you a hug from one mother to another! And don’t forget that you and J have to take care of yourselves also. It’s easy to lose yourselves in all that’s going on. Take care!

    Comment by Brenda Stanley — February 9, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

  5. Vanessa, you minister to me in so many ways – Your sweetness and kind spirit is the only side of you that I’ve seen.

    Comment by Suzanne — February 9, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

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