Sonidos Serranos

Sonidos Serranos: Sounds of the Sierras...
Reflecting some of my family's interests: God's wonderful creation (especially mountains and hills!), music, and language...

Psalm 121:1-2 (NASB)

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

16 September 2009

September 15: Update on Jonatán

We’re experiencing very mixed emotions… We are excited to (finally!) be on the way to OH where we will be presenting plans and requesting prayer for our future ministry in Uruguay. But this is an extremely hard time to be leaving town...

We stopped by the hospital to see Jonatán on the way out of town this afternoon. The remnants of this last chemo treatment are not out of his system yet, so the doctors need to keep monitoring him. They are administering fluids via IV to flush out the chemo meds. While I was there, one of the doctors stopped by to report that Jona’s level was 0.26 – but needs to be 0.1 in order for him to be released to go home. Please pray that he will be able to go home tomorrow. The next round of this same chemo is scheduled to begin on Friday, pending his release tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Jona’s white blood count is still 9 – actually considered quite good after two chemo treatments. He is being given something to boost the good cells. On the other hand, the biopsy of the lump taken from his lung revealed that the spot was in fact the suspected osteosarcoma. He will be having a bone scan tomorrow to make sure there has been no further spread of the cancer.

Due to the side-effects of the chemo, Jona hasn't been able to eat much this week. He did eat some chicken soup, made by one of his adopted grandmas from church, this afternoon. Please pray that he'll soon be able to eat more in order to regain strength and not lose any more weight.

I was at the hospital on Monday night, tutoring Jona in Physical Science from about 8:30 to 10:00 – believe it or not! He loves school and is seriously trying to keep up with his work load. We would’ve kept going with the homework except that the nausea from the chemo finally won out… (I’ll skip the details!) In spite of it all, Jona was in good spirits – and we’re very thankful. God has been exceedingly good to us…

Please continue to remember our specific prayer requests to our Father:
Thank-you SO very much for praying! We so desperately need our Father's grace, and we rejoice that He stands ready to give us all things – including the ability to rejoice in the midst of trials.
(cf. Romans 8)

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