Friday, April 10, 2009

Quote of the day

A brief picture of how we're feeling today...

Reese: I don't want to go. I'm tired. I think I'm cured already, probably. I don't think I need any more chemo. Can't I just stay home today? (said while sitting on the couch with his best two-year old whining impression).

Me: Come on! Last full day, it's Friday! You can do it! (said with her best peppy cheerleader impression).

Reese: *grumble, grumble* Okay, okay.

Yep, that's about it in a nutshell.

The truth is that there is nowhere I'd rather be than sitting on the couch with him with hot ginger tea and pretzels, watching James Bond movies or DVR'd Amazing Race and not thinking at all about cancer. But that is not going to happen. So off we go, into the car and down the street to the red brick building where they are both making him miserable and saving his life at the same time.

Please pray for Reese as he goes into the weekend. His body will be very susceptible to infection around this time, and it's hard to balance taking care of himself with wanting to celebrate Easter with our friends and family. Cade and Ellery have both come down with Fifth Disease, which is not even really that bothersome to most kids and adults, but not a good thing for an immuno-suppressed person to have. They aren't contagious now, but obviously have been in the past week or so. There's only a remote chance that he would be affected by it anyway, but it's a vivid reminder that our Daddy, who can usually survive the whole day on 5 cups of coffee, 2 echinacea tablets, and a 6 Dollar Pastrami Burger, is more fragile right now than we're used to.

Thank you SO much for all of your wonderful e-mails, blog comments, facebook posts, cards, prayers, and phone messages. We definitely feel all of your loving arms around us, even if we're too busy or tired to get back to you. You are all an incredible blessing to us, and your support is felt deeply.

Sorry I don't have time to type out more details, but know that Reese is doing fine, considering where he is in the process, and is well taken care of. He's very tired and in a bit of a fog, but using his medication to combat much of the other side effects. Spring classroom parties for the boys, sewing an Easter dress for Ellery (I know, nothing like the last minute), and a rambunctious puppy keep me from blogging more! Love to you all.


  1. I was struck by the line, "red brick building where they are both making him miserable and saving his life at the same time." What a picture of what God is doing in your lives physical, emotional and spiritually. His "saving" in our lives (mine to be sure!) is sometimes a miserable road; and yet, a place I must go to get help and healing! Thanks for sharing your thought Cara. I love you, my sister. Love, Stephanie Lynn

  2. I am so glad you are doing this so we can keep updated on how Reese is doing. Charlie and I are praying for Reese. Week 1 over yeah!

  3. Ok, the blog is an excellent idea!! Will be checking in and praying for you.

  4. well, I don't know about the hats but the guys are wonderful - I'll take any of them - hats and all - see Miss El in the morning -
    P.S. Randy Travis gave a marvelous concert and what a testimony - full house - And Josh McDowell was great last night - aren't we lucky to live in a place where we can get all this uplifting speakers and singers and all FREE. It's been a good God week - give my boy a hug - praying always, Nana