Monday, December 22, 2008
We will be able to be at home for Christmas. While we are anxious to get things started, we are also pleased to be able to spend Matheson's first Christmas together as a family. Jaxon and Jones deserve some loving and lots of presents too! This is going to be super tough on them as well- (not that presents change that...)
Monday, Dec 29th - we will have pre-op visits with the oncology clinic, pediatric surgeon and anesthesiologist at Baptist. Tuesday, Dec 30th - the surgeon at Baptist will place a central line (to enable Matheson to receive chemotherapy), do a spinal tap (to check spinal fluid for leukemic cells) and inject an initial dose of "preventative" chemotherapy into the spinal fluid. If all goes well, we will be able to bring Matheson home that night. Wednesday, Dec 31st - Matheson will be admited to Duke and will begin his first round of chemotherapy.
Please continue to pray for Matheson - that in this time that we are waiting, and enjoying our family time, that the leukemia will not spread elsewhere. We pray that the procedure next Tuesday goes according to plan, with no complications and that the transition to Duke is a smooth one on Wednesday.
From this point on, I will be journaling on a caringbridge site that I have created for Matheson. We would certainly appreciate you passing this site along to others you know that are praying -
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Matheson- In that case, this note will serve as somewhat of a summary for you. For the rest of you, this will come as a shock - as it did to us on Friday.
We have taken Matheson to several different specialist at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital over the course of the last month in attempt to figure out the origin of some "buise-like" splotches that he has on his body. As a result of a skin biopsy, we got a phone call on Thursday evening telling us of "suspicious cells" in the biopsy. We were instructed to bring Matheson back in first thing the next morning for a series of additional tests and procedures. After spending the entire day at the hospital and many many tests, we were presented with a most terrifying diagnosis - leukemia. As you can imagine, Matt and I were shell-shocked. No parent ever imagines they would hear this about their child. Fortuantely, his numbers (blood count and bone marrow) looked good and we were able to bring him home with us. This time has allowed us to contact several other doctors, enlist the help of family and friends, and spend some quality time as a family being as normal as possible before things change drastically.
Currently, we are in a bit of a "holding pattern" as we research doctors, hospitals and various treatment protocols in attempts to make the best possible decision for Matheson. Please pray specifically that Matt and I will have peace with a decision. While we are fortuante to have this time (and Matheson's good levels, etc...), it is also just delaying the obvious - we are ready to make a decision, start treatment and face the music. We will visit Duke on Monday and intend to make a decision after our time there. As soon as a decision is made regarding where Matheson will be treated, I will update you all!
We covet your prayers during this time- We are honored to serve a great and mighty God. We cling to the many truths in His precious word. We know for a fact that it was God himself who created Matheson, and knit him together perfectly in my womb. He knows ALL of his days - the beginning and the end. Therefore, none of this is a mistake. It is all a part of His plan - Matt and I desire earnestly to fulfill God's purpose through this life experience. We ask you to join us in prayer, not only for the healing of our precious baby boy but, also for strength and wisdom so that we can shine for Him in the midst of this darkness. Pray that the Lord would lead us to the right place, and the right doctors to treat Matheson best. If there are options to his treatment, please pray that the Lord would make His way clear and that Matt and I would be able to
stand on that decision with no looking back or second guessing ourselves. Thank you again for your prayers and your friendship!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
9:30 pm - Our little Matheson had a feast of a different kind - his first solid food! After letting him "taste" rice cereal a couple nights in a row, I decided that he was ready for a whole serving. So last night before bed, we braced up for the mess - and he loved it!
9:30 am - And then, like most of us, after a Thanksgiving feast, Matheson slept. I mean, he REALLY slept. He slept all through the night and into the morning. I kept going in his room to check on him, and finally at 9:30 am, this is what I found - a smiley, happy baby ...
... ready to eat again! :)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Who was I kidding????
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
* We rented our house out for furniture market this year which in total took about 2 1/2 weeks of our lives ... We were actually out of the house for 10 days but, took several days in advance cleaning and preparing and then several days afterwards getting things back to normal-
* During that time, I took the boys to my parent's house at the beach. My grandma came along to help with the boys and Matt was able to drive down and join us for the weekend. We had a great time! I could totally post a whole entry about just that (and maybe should...) I could also devote an entire page to how awesome my grandma is and how truly blessed I feel to be able to have such a relationship with my grandma as an adult ( I think I will...)!
* Jaxon is playing Upward Flag Football and loving it! I'm not particularly crazy about standing outside freezing during practices and games but, I guess that comes with the territory and this mother of 3 boys is going to have to toughen up some! I'll try to post some pics of that soon!
* Jones is officially allergic to peanuts. BUMMER! We've suspected this to be true for a while but, now it has been confirmed by a trip to the allergist and several back "scratches." Just FYI to all who are reading this - Don't give my kid peanut butter! And, I guess this means that I will have to confiscate any candy containing peanut butter from his trick or treat bag this year. HMM... wonder what I can do with it?? YUM!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Today, September 30th is our 8th Anniversary and to celebrate this occasion, Matt planned a surprise weekend getaway for us this past weekend! He arranged childcare and everything! After dropping the bigger boys off at their respective homes for the weekend (Jaxon stayed with the Duke's, Jones stayed with Grammy and Papa and Matheson got to tag along - he's still and quiet, plus he's sorta attached at times...), Matt and I hit the road to Wilmington! We were able to have an actual conversation on the drive without interruptions, ate dinner without cleaning up messes and sharing my food with anyone, turned the tv on in the hotel room to a channel that wasn't NOGGIN, went in lots of shops without anyone begging for anything, and without having to go in a single toy store, took a shower without peeking out the curtain one time to make sure everything was allright, and slept beside my wonderful husband all night long without anyone crawling in the bed between us! Oh, the simple things ...
Thanks for a wonderful weekend, Matty! I love you and can't wait to see what the next 8 years of wedded bliss brings our way!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Treatment: lots of love, a ziploc bag of ice and a cookie.
Then Monday afternoon, Jaxon ran across the hardwood floors at a friends house with his socks on (after taking his shoes off at the front door like a good little boy) and flat out busted his lip big time! This resulted in call #2 to the pediatricians office. Since they won't put stitches in lips ...
Treatment: lots of love, tons of shout and lysol wipes (blood everywhere!), ice, a short visit to Jaxon Duke's house, cleaning with a mixture of peroxide and water, and a box of popsicles.
Then, during a wrestling match with daddy on Thursday night while I was at a meeting at church, Jaxon was running away from Matt who was throwing pillows at him and he ran into the door frame! BAM! Instant knot and gash on his little blonde head! This resulted in call #3 to the pediatrician's office.
Treatment: lots of love, ice, a visit to nurse Grammy, a visit to the ER, and 3-4 stitches. Too bad it was way too late and the ER was way too crowded to hang out with a sleepy 5 year old boy - therefore we opted to replace the "3-4 stitches" suggestion with some neosporin and a band-aid. Oh, and a krispy kreme donught.
And, if a zit counts ... Matt has a bump on his head too! :)
Friday, September 12, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
At Matheson's one month check-up on Friday, he weighed 11 pounds and was 24 inches long! That means that since he was born, he has gained 3 pounds and has grown 3 inches! Yeah for mama milk!! At this appointment we also got a diagnosis for a lump that has been over his eye since birth. It is officially called a "hemangioma" which is a group of blood vessels that didn't fully develop before birth. At any rate, it is basically harmless and should disappear before he's 5 years old without any medical intervention. However, since it is so close to his eye and is already causing him to have some slight difficulty opening his left eye, we have been referred to a specialist at Duke that will keep an "eye" on it and decide if any treatment is needed to prevent it from affecting his vision in any way. This sounds a little scary, but in reality - I am thankful for a doctor who is willing to be so pro-active and precautionary. And I'm thankful for answers! So, now I know what to say to those numnuts who ask "did you drop him already?" - Seriously?