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20 July: Round 1


IMG_5645At about noon today, Eliza started her first round of chemo. It’s amazing how nonchalant the process is. She’s already on an IV. They bring in another bottle. It’s wrapped in aluminum foil, has a sticker with her name and the name of the drug, both of which they point out to us to confirm. Then it hangs on the same IV rack with the fluid drip the rest of the day. We go to the playroom and back, we change diapers, we nap, we eat. All the time some really scary but really amazing stuff is being pumped into our daughter’s body. And God willing, today is the biggest that tumor is ever going to be.

She was on the drip for 6 or 7 hours. Afterward they took the thick bandage off her port site, so it’s a little less cumbersome now. She’ll continue on IV fluids tomorrow and they’ll watch for any signs of anything being wrong. If all is well, we expect she’ll come home Monday, to recover for 2 weeks before Round 2.

After all the craziness and decisions and tests and planning, it was a pretty calm day. We don’t mind those.

Apparently we had a non-napper who got into some mischief with my phone.

Apparently we had a non-napper who got into some mischief with my phone.

The boys spent the first half of the day with sweet friends who offered just last night to come over and play. Haircuts, trampoline, bike rides, and the house was cleaner than when I left. This afternoon we almost finished Peter Pan, decided on our next book (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe again), and then took a 3-man nap in the big bed. (My record on naps is clear. For this I will not apologize.) Then trampoline, ice cream, dinner, and Ninja Turtles. Foard’s dance-fighting is really something to behold.

We are ready to all be together again. We also have no idea what the next few days look like as E responds to the chemo meds. Will she be cranky or just lethargic? How will the boys do with E needing more attention? How will we do all under one roof with this new thing to deal with?

Pray, friends. Especially pray for that side effects list I posted yesterday:

  • Pray for nausea and vomiting to be minimal, and for E to respond well to the drugs they give for that.
  • Pray for her kidneys to hold up and function properly.
  • Pray for her white blood cell count to stay high, and her immune system to be strong.
  • Pray for no hearing loss.
  • Pray that all 5 of us will be healthy and that E won’t pick up any infections from outside.
  • Pray for protection from falls or bumps or anything that could injure her abdomen.

And now, as your reward for reading this far, may I present Eliza Hunt.

15 thoughts on “20 July: Round 1

  1. I continue to lift Eliza and all of you up in prayer as you travel this journey. So good to hear that the first day went well.

  2. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:4 NIV)

    We are praying for all of you!

  3. Eliza! You beautiful girl. I’m so glad it was a calm day. Praying, and recruiting prayer.

  4. Been praying and will continue to do so!!

  5. She is beautiful! We are praying!!!

  6. We want you to know your entire family is in our prayers. We pray for a special peace for all of those unable to be physically with you during this time. Thanks for posting the video and allowing us to be a part your journey as we pray as you have asked. May the peace of God be with all of you each and every day

  7. Just can’t imagine. Thank you for your updates. All of you are in our prayers and we are praying specific prayers for Eliza. Sending love to you and knowing that God is with you every step of the way. Larry and Debbie

    Sent from my iPad

  8. Eliza is winning hearts the world over – she’s certainly won mine! We love you, little girl, and are praying for you continually! How blessed you are to have sweet wonderful and devoted parents and brothers. May God be with you now and always!

  9. She is adorable! We are praying. Vickie & Richard Noth

  10. we are sending strong and frequent prayers your way—for some sleep for all of you (those 3 man naps seem to get the job done, so we’ll pray for a 2 lady nap!), for calm minds and strong faith and for laughs and antics from your 3 little angels to help life feel normal amidst all this “new normal-ness.” we miss you all and are sending thoughts and hugs and prayers across the miles. love, patricia, brett, amelia, charlotte, and thomas

  11. Suzanna and I continue to lift you all up in prayer. And thanks for the video of Eliza!

  12. Our church, Houston Lake Presbyterian Church, Kathleen, GA, is praying for Eliza and your family. God bless you all.

  13. Thank you Jake for sharing Eliza with us and all of your beautiful family. May God continue to hold you all close and answer all prayers His warriors are sending for all of you, and especially Eliza. Love to all from all of us in the Boutselis family. Mama B

  14. We love you guys and are praying for you everyday!! Love seeing little He’s smiles! Praise the Lord add he hold you in the palm of his hands!

  15. Love, love, love Eliza’s video! So sweet. Thank you for all of your updates. We are praying daily for all of you. Love, the Cravers

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