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After Gray’s CT Scan and blood work last week, we were scheduled to return several days later for a follow up blood test because Gray’s counts were so extremely low. In order to keep his surgery date, Gray’s blood counts needed to increase dramatically. Friday, we went back to the hospital for his follow up blood test and unfortunately the news wasn’t good. Not only were Gray’s overall blood counts still way too low but his platelet count was alarmingly low as well. They decided to go ahead and keep us in the hospital for the day and “give” Gray platelets. It wasn’t a transfusion, they didn’t remove anything from Grayson, they simply put more platelets into his blood. Even as the nurse performed the platelet addition she didn’t sound too optimistic that Gray’s counts would be high enough to follow through with his scheduled surgery, but we had to have hope. After a long day in the hospital Friday, we were scheduled to return yet again today for more blood tests. During today’s visit they checked Gray’s levels and while they have gone up quite a bit they are nowhere near high enough for him to have surgery. At this point, Gray’s blood isn’t able to clot on its own so surgery is obviously out of the question! As of now, Gray is scheduled for surgery next Monday, January 31. While we’re not looking forward to his surgery we are eager to go ahead with it. It’s emotionally draining to prepare yourself for something as big as “surgery to remove a tumor” and then have it rescheduled at the last minute. Plus, we’re just ready for this cancer to be out of our baby’s body! We really didn’t need anything else to make today worse but, unfortunately, it was made worse by Jill getting sick. She wasn’t feeling well this morning and so went to the doctor and was told she has the flu. She IS able to stay in our house with Gray but she was advised to “stay away from him as much as possible”…as you can imagine, that’s nearly impossible!! Please just pray for the overall health of our entire family. Continue to pray for Gray’s healing, pray that Jill will be well and pray that no one else in our home gets sick. We don’t have the time, energy or emotional capacity to deal with anything more right now. Jill needs her strength and energy to return and we simply need one normal, drama free, health problem free, chaos free day for our family. Also, please pray that during this week we can again prepare ourselves for Gray’s surgery. We need peace. Just peace.

In light of a not-so-funny day we wanted to share a very funny picture of Gray! Gray is performing his own medical procedures on his toys! Here he is about to access Buzz Lightyears port with a needle! If you had asked us six months ago if we would find it endearing to see our three year old playing “cancer patient” with his action figures we would have been appalled! But after so many long days, even longer nights and endless procedures and surgeries any form of play is worth the memory! Gray’s smile can still light a room and never fails to melt our hearts.

“The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.” Psalm 37:39-40

11 Responses to “sigh.”

  1. Tiffany Armstrong January 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Sorry to hear about Grayson’s levels being to low. But I do know that everything is in God’s hands and timing. And this “set back” gives us more time to pray! I have been asking everyone that I know, and now am asking everyone who see this. To All agree the when the doctors get in there. That they find the tumor already removed, and waiting on them! That God’s hands guides them. And all they have to do it pick it up,and then close Gray up. That this surgery be the fastest one that they have ever done. And that ALL will see the glory of God threw this little boy!

    • Tiffany Armstrong January 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

      P.S. Doug, Jill, and Seth……”Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

  2. Pennie Wiles January 25, 2011 at 6:04 am #

    At first I found it humorous that he was holding Buzz down with his feet! But then I realized that in his little mind that is probably what he thinks the hospital staff is doing to him!

    We miss you guys!

    Mike and Pennie

  3. Meredith McFarlin January 25, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    I am always at a loss as to what to say to you all other than you are in my prayers, heart and mind and I know that God is there with precious Gray and all of you. I am praying for swift recovery for Jill. Without even dealing with cancer, I nursed my little one through the flu this fall and I know that flu alone is awful, much less having it while dealing with all that you are going through. So many who don’t even know you love you and are praying for you.

  4. arlene January 25, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    I have been following your story and I have been praying for you. Just wanted to post this quote. I saw it on a church sign the other day.
    “Peace is worry that prays.”

  5. Demetri January 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Doug, Jill, Seth,& Gray

    Just want you to know you are in my every thought and prayer. I know you are told many times, But know I am available for any help you may need. You can contact me by email or phone. Let Seth know I bought the game Trouble and am looking forward to a rematch. Peace, Blessings and Healing and Strength to all!

  6. Sharon Rowan January 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Just wanted you to know that I Pray for Gray every night, My grandson was diagnoised will Leukemia on Nov. 27, 2010. As I read Grays story my heart goes out to him and his family. I know that life is not normal as you once knew normal. God is a healer but we must fast and pray and above all believe. I ask that God rebuke the enemy Cancer from Grays little body, so that he will be a tesitmony for the Lord. May God give you strength and comfort. Sharon Rowan Valliant, Okla.

  7. Salena Leatherwod January 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    Love you guys and continue to keep you in my daily prayers! Miss you tons!!!!

  8. Katie January 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    We are still praying!!! Also Jill we will pray for you too!!! Get well soon:)

  9. Jo jo January 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Praying as always…. But please tell me that is NOT a superman shirt he is wearing!!

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