The day flew by so fast for all of us, including Josh! He is getting accustomed to living at the hospital. He doesn’t necessarily have a routine since things are always in consonant flux. However, he is learning to cope with his symptoms, discomfort and new environment pretty well. Josh has also been feeling better lately. He walked more than two miles today! Woohoo! Praise God! Plus, it’s been great sharing laughs with him now that he has his sense of humor back! We even got to enjoy watching part of a movie together this afternoon on his iPad–Inn of the 6th Happiness. It’s an old movie about a missionary in China based on the story of Gladys Aylward, who during wartime determinedly loved and helped those who were hurting and orphans who were so vastly different than her. I can’t wait to return to see Josh and finish the movie by his side tomorrow!
We talked to Josh’s transplant doctor and she told us he is doing very well. He is expected to lose at least some of his hair soon, from the chemo. I asked her what we should expect as far as having effects of graft vs. host issues of incompatibility, and she said he would be getting some in the next few days. She told us usually people don’t have graft vs. host quite this early on because his new cells still haven’t really grown yet. Therefore, Josh needs prayers in the upcoming days for his body and the donor’s bone marrow cells to duke it out safely. They tell us they want some graft vs. host to take place to kill off any remaining “bad” cells that weren’t eradicated with the chemo, yet not too much where it damages his organs. Since Josh has Fanconi Anemia (FA) he doesn’t tolerate chemo so they had to give him very little chemo and radiation. They are hoping to control the graft vs. host in order to essentially cure him and not let it kill him at the same time. We know that God is all-powerful and able to cure Josh despite all of the danger humanly speaking and that he can use the doctors to accomplish this if He wills. Josh says he is encouraged to persevere by thinking of our family and all that he wants to do in the future with the church and missions for the Lord. Please pray for Josh to endure faithfully. Also, prayers requested for Noah, Nathan, Katelynn and I–that we will all not grow faint nor despair, but grow in our Hope according to Romans 5. Thank you to everyone who has come alongside us!
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him, we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”