Jacob is now on day 3 of chemo. Day 1 seemed like a breeze, but that quickly changed by day 2. Jacob’s appetite is completely gone, and he is too exhausted to do much beyond laying in bed. After today comes a 24 hour period of close monitoring, post chemo meds and hydration.
The chemo he is receiving is very high dose. The cycle he is on lasts 5 weeks and has frequent hospital stays for chemo and clinic visits during the outpatient days. Today we finish week 1 of chemo. Week 2 and 3 are “off weeks” so he can rebuild his bloodcounts and week 4 and 5 are “on weeks”. Then the cycle will repeat itself so there will be some points that we can come home but it looks like the majority of the time will be spent at the hospital. The nights are fairly sleepless as he is woken every 2 hours for urine samples, vitals, medication and bloodwork.
Jacob’s blood counts will become extremely low during the chemotherapy. He will be at high risk for infection and any fever is considered a medical emergency and he will need to be at a hospital within 30 minutes to start antibiotics in case it’s a blood infection which can quickly lead to sepsis. The amount of information we are getting over the last couple days is overwhelming. Side effects, what to expect, what to do, what medications to take etc. It’s a lot to take in.
There is a hospital program where you can send Jacob a message and he will receive it that day or next day by volunteers called Best Wishes. I will post the info below. His room number now is 107. 8th floor. Oncology unit. Feel free to send him a message. It’s a little way to brighten his day. Thank you again to all who are praying for Jacob and our family. The support is needed and so encouraging for us. Visitors are more than welcome, just text me before hand. Jacob really enjoys having company and is already likely sick of spending every waking and sleeping moment with his mama 😋.
Jacob is a trooper. He hasn’t complained through any of this. He is accepting of what’s happening but it is still very difficult.
Ray and the other 3 boys spent a night at Ronald Macdonald House – such an incredible place for families like ours. It will be a blessing for us on this journey. Keep them in your prayers too as they are mostly at home or other places away from Jacob and I- it will be difficult on them as well.
8 thoughts on “Day 3 of chemo”
Dear Tracey & Ray, Jacob and family
You are all in our prayers. We serve an awesome God and trust Him to provide all that you need. We are so sorry that Jacob has to go through this experience.
Above all we pray for healing! Because He is able!
Strength, comfort and peace be upon you all.
Marion & Rob De Boersap
On our minds, in our hearts & prayers everyday all day.
Mom & Dad
Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.
Let me dwell in your tent forever!
Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah
Ps. 61: 1-4
Thinking of you all and praying for you so much ❤️❤️
This is going to be a long hard road. We pray for strength for Jacob as he travels that road, and for you and Ray as you help, encourage and have to watch him go through this. Much love ❤️ from us. Fritz and Corrie
Dear Jacob, I am praying for you and my friends are as well. I miss you. 😥 I hope chemo goes well.
Beste Jacob. Ik ken je niet maar je bent wel familie van me. Héél veel sterkte en ik spreek genezing over je uit in de naam van Jezus.
Dear Jacob. I do not know you, but you are family of me. A lot of strength and I speak healing about you in the name of Jesus.
Praying for you all! May the Lord you close!