Brock Rocks

January 5, 2013

One step closer

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 3:33 pm

Brock is FINALLY over this tummy bug. It lasted almost a full week and he’s lost over 2 lbs, but thankfully, he is feeling better.

{getting fluids for dehydration on Thursday}

We checked in to the hospital on Friday morning for his, God-willing, LAST spinal tap and bone marrow aspiration. Can you believe, in the 3.5 years he’s been in treatment, this is the first time we’ve had a scheduled hospital stay? It’s crazy, really. He should’ve had plenty, but when those times came, we were just already there for fever/illness/blood infections. Walking the halls, Jay and I were overwhelmed with memories of time spent there.

{We’ve walked literally hundreds of laps past this little mural on the wall, pulling Brock in a wagon.}

A funny little thing we do to note just. how. long. it’s been since Brock was diagnosed is observe the changes in the hospital during that time. The enormous atrium out front? They were just starting it the first time we walked in to the hospital. iPads for kids to use during procedures? They didn’t even exist, friends. This was the view from Brock’s room on Friday. None of that was there in October 2009.

{The new children’s play area.}

So yeah. Being in the hospital on Friday was…surreal.

We checked in, got a room, switched rooms, got a bed, got fluids, signed consent, and went downstairs to the PICU to start the procedure.

The doctor that did the sedation was the same one that cared for Brock for weeks and weeks when he was in the PICU in 2009-2010.

{Brock had a LOT of questions for the doctor about what he was doing.}

The procedure went wonderfully, despite the fact that getting Brock to sleep took 3 times the amount of drugs it normally takes to sedate a child his size. At one point the doctor told the PA (who was doing the actual procedures) that he had given Brock enough drugs to knock HER out – and he was still moving. He’s a tough kid.


People keep asking us when we’ll get the results. I haven’t even asked the doctors, and honestly, we’re not at all concerned about it. The bone marrow aspiration tells us what his bone marrow looked like at that exact moment – it’s no indicator of what might happen in the future. To be blunt, it could’ve been clear yesterday and have leukemia cells today. We’re praying God spares Brock from ever relapsing and we’re celebrating that this last major milestone is behind us.

So what’s left?

4 days of steroids
1 dose of iv chemo
35 days of oral chemo

Then a bell ringing ceremony and party! We’ll let you know as soon as we set the date!


  1. Hugs and love little fighter! God gave you a strong and loving family. I pray for you and them all the time. Give your mama a hug for me.

    Comment by Jenna — January 5, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

  2. Thanks for the update – the SS class was happy to hear he is better and are praying that this will be the last tap necessary – will share this with our Circle on Thursday – especially about the wagon – the Circle buys one every year in memory of Afton – I have shared with them how important the wagons are so we make sure the wagon is the first thing we get and then use the rest of the money on toys, books, etc.  We are so fortunate to have such a great facility near us when we need it – just wish we didn’t need it so much.  Love you guys!  Robert and Nellyne 


    Comment by Bob Hanlin — January 7, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

  3. Hi! My prayers are with you all. God bless little Brock and I pray all will go well and he will be healed completely. You have been through so much and God has been faithful as always. Praise His name. Love you. Olga

    Comment by Olga Pruett — January 8, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

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