Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Levi's bone marrow test this morning...

What a long day... Stephanie and I are exhausted, and the kids definitely are too. Caylee just went to bed about an hour ago, and we just finally ate dinner at 9:45 pm. Ah, how life changes when you have kids. We often wonder - what did we do with our time before kids? But we wouldn't change a thing...

Our alarm clocks went off at 4:15 this morning. We dropped Caylee of at daycare around 5:30, and headed down to Indy. Thank God for flexible daycare providers and Dunkin Donuts coffee! Levi went into surgery at 9:30, and was only back there for about 40 minutes. They were able to get an IV started and draw the bone marrow sample without having intubate him or give him an LMA. So, of course I had to ask what that meant, and the short of it is that they just used a breathing mask instead of sticking something down his throat. That was great, especially since last time he had a pretty sore throat after his procedure. He did just fine in surgery, and despite being pretty grumpy when he woke up (understandably so), he did fine in recovery as well. It didn't take him too long to return back to his happy, smiling self.

Before we left the hospital, the doctor told us that his blood work came back pretty much the same as it was a couple of weeks ago - everything looked fine. Like last time, his hemoglobin was still just a tad low, but still ok. This was very encouraging, especially since we didn't have any bloodwork done last week after the IV fiasco. The doctor said that it was pretty "thrilling" how well Levi was doing, and said he would be shocked if the bone marrow test wasn't clean. He was very optimistic. I even think our post-op nurse had tears in her eyes.

We should find out by Friday sometime what the bone marrow results are. We are still praying expectantly that it comes back ok, and definitely appreciate your continued prayer! It isn't difficult to deduce why he is getting better, especially since the doctors have not actually administered any type of treatment to this point! Your prayers are working...

Special thanks to Levi's Grandma Sharlene and Grandpa Richard for hanging out with us at the hospital and for taking us out for lunch for our birthdays afterwards!

We will post an update as soon as we know something more!

Michael and Stephanie

Psalm 34:17-19
17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.

18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the LORD delivers him from them all;


  1. Have been praying for you all daily and in our women's Bible Study each Wednesday morning (great timing!). I am going through my own bone marrow testing and waiting to see the Lord at work in my cancer walk. You and your little Levi are giving me strength. May God continue to Bless all of you.

  2. Another great update and am looking forward to more good news on Friday. Happy birthday mom and dad!!


  3. Dear Michael, Stephanie, Caylee and Levi,
    Grandpa and I were both close to tears as we read your report. We know everything will be good with the dr. report. God is great!!
    Also hope you and Steph got your birthday card on time. Happy, Happy Birthday to you both.
    Our love and prayers,
    Grandpa and Grandma G.

  4. We will be waiting for confirmation on the BLESSED MIRACLE of Levi's HEALING! A Birthday Wish Come True!!! Happy Birthday Michael&Stephanie! Always Praying - Brenda&Gene xoxo

  5. Cindy - I am glad you are able to draw strength from his story. God has been our source of strength throughout all of this. We are praying for you daily.

    Michael & Stephanie