Sunday, June 22, 2014

Reinduction begins on Monday


DSC_2092Tomorrow morning begins a three-week period of more intensive chemotherapy for Noah. We’ll leave the house at 6 a.m. Monday, and the morning will consist of lab work, a spinal tap and an MRI, for which he will be sedated. The rest of the day, Noah will get three different drugs — one of which he hasn’t had before. The day will end at St. Jude about 9 p.m., which means it will be close to 11 before he gets home. It’s going to be a long day.

Patients are normally required to stay in the St. Jude vicinity for their reinduction treatments, but they are allowing us to return home. We are immensely grateful for that. The chemo will likely have a detrimental effect on Noah’s immune system, so we’ll have to be watchful to make sure he doesn’t get a fever. We also are unsure what other side effects from this amount of chemo will be.

Noah has been feeling great in recent days. He hasn’t had to wear a mask in public, and to be around him, you’d never know that he was being treated for leukemia. That certainly makes this whole ordeal more manageable.

So, a few specific requests for Noah for the next three weeks:

1. Please pray that his MRI shows nothing of concern. We’re not expecting anything, but we’re always a bit uneasy that something could be wrong of which we aren’t aware.

2. Because of the procedure Noah is having, we won’t be able to give him his nausea medicine in the morning. He’s been a bit nauseous the past couple of days, so please pray that his stomach will stay settled until his procedure.

3. Pray that he will stay fever-free in the days ahead, especially since we are expecting his ANC to plummet as a result of the extra chemo.

4. Pray that the side effects from the chemo will be minimal.

5. Pray for strength for Noah tomorrow. I’m sure he’ll be exhausted by the time his treatment is over.

6. Pray for wisdom for us as we enter this brief phase with which we are unfamiliar. We’ll be keeping an extra close eye on Noah to see how he responds to the treatment, and we’re uncertain what to expect in this stage.

Thank you for your continued prayers, encouragement and concern. We know that the Lord has been our strong tower over these past six months, and we continue to trust his grace for us going forward.


Categories : Family, Leukemia, Noah


  1. Melanie Rickman says:

    Tim, I am praying now for Noah and all of you. I know this will be hard. I pray for God’s continuing hand to be with you all.

  2. Nadine Dunivan says:

    We will be praying for him and your family.

    Nadine Dunivan

  3. Anna Clifford says:

    Praying, now.
    Hugs and love to Noah and his family.

  4. Terry and Becky Lindley says:

    Praying for Noah and for all of you as you go through Noah’s treatment. Especially that there will be minimal side effects.

  5. Sandy Phipps says:

    Lord watch over Noah as he goes through this arduous procedure. Guard over him and protect him from all harm and sickness from the chemo. Give peace, comfort and wisdom to his parents as they watch over him. Wrap Your healing and loving arms around this family as they once again begin the dark world of chemotherapy. Prayers for good results of the MRI and other test results.

  6. Paul and Phyllis Millet says:

    We will be praying for him and all of you

  7. Julie Lamey says:

    Our family continues to pray!

  8. Micah Watson says:

    Our family will be praying for Noah and all of you in particular this next week.

  9. Aunt Clara and Sherry Froehle says:

    We will keep continuos prayers going for Noah and your family. Sending lots of love and big hugs. Love Aunt. Clara and daughter Sherry

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  11. Robin Brown says:

    We met (sort of) at batting practice at Wednesday’s game against the Rays. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  12. Tish wright says:

    Praying with Full Faith for Noah and you all as well. Although we will never understand these things we have to endure God has a plan for everything so Trust and Grow from His Grace. Bless y’all

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