Before I get into what happened in surgery for Caleb this week, I wanted to let you know that this will be the last update on his progress and his journey. I will continue to write, but it will be more about sharing what I have learned and sharing teachings about healing and other precepts. If you want to unsubscribe from the list so that you do not get updates on that, you can do so at the bottom of the email notification that you received.
Well, the journey is done!!! We went in for Caleb to have the chemo port removed. The surgeon told us that when the port has been in as long as Caleb’s was that the tissue around the catheter will sometimes attach and grow into the catheter material. If that happens, the surgery could take a while longer and is a little more complicated. Sometimes in that situation they have to leave part of the catheter inside. He told us that he would know pretty soon after making the incision whether that would be the case.
The nurse called us about 10 minutes into the surgery to tell us that the surgeon had pulled on the catheter and it moved freely, which meant that the catheter was loose and it would be a quick surgery. About 15 minutes later, the surgeon was done and came out to talk to us. He told us that the catheter slid right out and that the surgery could not have gone any better. Praise God!
We had been told that we would probably have to spend the night in the hospital that night, but after things went so well, the doctor said we could go on home. We left the hospital at 1PM! We were there a total of 5 hours. How awesome is that. We should not be so surprised. God has done some amazing, miraculous works on our behalf. What a mighty God He is.
Since this is my last post about Caleb, I want to take the time to say something. You guys have been amazing. Simply amazing. The support, the visits, the calls and texts, the meals brought to us, the prayers, the encouragement; there is no way I could ever say thank you enough to express what it means to us. Unless you have been through it, you don’t realize how important those things are to families that are going through what we did. THANK YOU.
Please continue to pray for us. As I mentioned in a previous post, Holly is staying home to be a full-time mom. Things are picking up at work, but we need them to pick up some more. God has walked us through so much and we never missed a meal or a bill during the entire time Caleb was getting treatments. He certainly didn’t bring us through that to stop now! He is faithful to complete the work He began.
Although God did not put cancer on Caleb (John 10:10), he used the situation for good. Caleb loves sharing his story with other kids. God has big plans for him, no doubt!
I hope that these words that I have shared have encouraged you and built your faith in what God is able to do. God is not mad at you – He is mad ABOUT you. Trust Him. And remember – no matter how bad the situation looks, you can praise your way out of any situation. I believe that our key to victory was SPEAKING the Word of God out loud and returning that Word to God according to Isaiah 55:11. Find the Scriptures that apply to your situation and speak them over your situation. You can be sure that God is watching to be sure that what you speak – according to the Word – will come to pass according to Jeremiah 1:12.
God bless you all. Jesus is LORD!