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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dec 8, 2010

This is actually a pic from yesterday--forgot today.

What a day of ups and downs. Mitch looked terrible most of the day, especially this morning. He was swollen and could barely open his eyes because they were so puffy. He fought a fever all day. We got some preliminary labs back and his cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) is infected. The fact that the bacteria didn't show up yesterday means we caught it in the early stages, but it's a nasty type of bacteria found in hospitals, which makes it more resistant to common antibiotics. We're giving him the hard stuff now, so we hope in a few days he'll be back in the game. Our oncologist said this strand of bacteria is particularly painful. He is so strong and rarely complains, but I can see in his face how excruciating it must be. They will give him pain killers, but don't like to because they want to monitor his alertness. Also, they want to observe his fever so limited Tylenol as well.

I feel I was blessed last night for everything to suddenly look better, because I couldn't handle the addition of meningitis in that moment. Today I was blessed with extra strength to do what had to be done and do it joyfully for Mitchell's sake.

We hope these antibiotics get working quickly, that his fever goes down, and that he can get on with treatment to fight the ultimate battle. Like any epic hero, Mitchell's journey is laden with many obstacles. I hope this is it, but am expecting it not to be. Luckily we got a fighter and he can do this; that's what Chad keeps saying, "He can handle a lot more." I hope so because he's going to have to.

On a happier note, Jackson is here to stay with us for a while. His brother continually called out for him, and since this ended up being more than just treatment, we thought he should be here. That brightened Mitch right up to see him again along with G&G Hatfield, a gift package from his great Aunt, and Brother Schickedanz from our ward. He also had a dog visitor today and the music guy again that put smiles on his face.

Everyone at this hospital is amazed by this special little boy. We feel so blessed to be his parents.


Jana said...

Amy and Chad, I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are continually with you. Your strength is a inspiration to all.

Heavenly Father knows what is best, even if it hurts so bad. He will continue to help you :)

Jana Beebe

Packard Family said...

Amy and Chad-

We are continuing to keep in you our daily prayers too. We sure love you and feel blessed by your example in this trial.

Love Aimee and Owen