Josh has had some health struggles lately. I've written so many emails to family members and friends, I am just going to copy and paste. Hope you forgive me. :)
About a month and a half ago, he started to wheeze really bad. I took
him in to the Dr's office, because it sounded a lot like he sounded when
he had RSV (although he didn't have the cold symptoms along with it).
The Dr. pricked his finger to figure out if it was a virus or an
infection. It didn't show that it was a virus, and it didn't look like
it was an infection either, but thank goodness they took it! That's when
they noticed his hemoglobin was really low at 8.6. They gave us a
nebulizer and meds to help with the wheezing, and told us to come back
in a week to check his blood. During that time I gave him iron
supplements hoping it would help. It didn't. When they took it again it
had gone down to 7.2! (They start talking about blood transfusions
anything below 7.) They also informed me that his white blood cells had
spiked really high (21). And that it could mean Leukemia. (!!) They sent
labs to the hospital lab to be seen by a pathologist, who thought he/she
saw peculiar looking cells, cells that looked a lot like Leukemia cells
look. You can imagine how I felt driving home from what was supposed to
be a check up. I didn't know how I could possibly tell Daniel. It was awful!
next morning our Dr. called us and told us we probably needed to get
further attention from a children's oncologist. We went to the Riley
Children's Hospital in Indianapolis to be
seen by a Hematology/Oncology Specialist. After a lot of testing they
informed us that he does not have Leukemia (thank goodness!), and that
they don't know what on earth he does have. We went back a week later to
check his blood levels again. They had gotten a little higher (out of
the danger range) and looked like his body was making more at a rapid
rate. We went back in last Friday his blood levels are back up to normal! We are so grateful! We are thankful that God has heard our prayers.
So, there you have it. It has been and
emotionally and physically draining month! However, we are happy to be
and living life relatively normally. It's no
fun not knowing what is going on inside that little body! This
experience has made me really appreciate being here with Dr's who
noticed something wasn't quite right and took blood when they normally
wouldn't have (at least to my knowledge). As well as a very good children's hospital not too far
away. It has also really made me appreciate the strength and great
sorrow of mothers and fathers whose children do have cancer or
other potentially terminal diseases. I also wonder if we were blessed
with a great miracle! Whether he has/had something or not, I know it's a
miracle that it wasn't something more serious. God has blessed us so much!
Thanks for all your prayers and support!