on saturday, the hantla family updated their facebook status with more information on david. you’ll be able to read that update below (in bold). since today is tuesday, he’s now on day 7 of chemo. one week in. it’s a 3-year process. we were blessed to hear Jacob share part of the story at church on Sunday. i am astonished and amazed at the peace and comfort God has already provided to this family through this very difficult trial. that is a testament to the faith the Hantlas have in their Savior and God and it’s a testament to the power of God’s people praying for this family.
(the photos i’m sharing have been borrowed from Jacob & Kiki’s facebook page.)
For David, we’re obviously praying for health, recovery, healing, minimal pain and side effects, etc. For Jacob & Kiki, we’re praying for parenting wisdom as they focus on David but also love on and raise their 4-year old Elianna. Jacob and Kiki are both medical professionals, so sometimes it’s hard for them to put on their PARENT hat instead of their PROFESSIONAL hat. As you can imagine, it’s extremely difficult for them to watch their not-yet-18-month old son experience so much pain.
David has good moments and bad ones. Earlier this week, he was feeling well enough to enjoy the play room at the hospital (he’s in a children’s hospital):
and now, here’s the Hantlas update from this past Saturday (2/2/13):
We are now on day 4 of chemo. It seems like time has flown and like we have been here forever simultaneously. David’s leukemia and chemo have caused him quite a bit of pain; we are thankful for dilaudid. He is getting sick and tired of taking his medications, but overall being a quite a trooper. When his pain is under control he does his best to have fun, play with Elianna, and drive his car around the hospital. Elianna thinks she owns the hospital; she rides her tricycle around the halls for hours on end. David gave us and the doctor a little bit of a scare when it took more than 24 hours to get his electrolyte abnormalities and hand, jaw, and foot cramping under control. We are so thankful for Dr. Li, his oncologist, his nurses, and all the science that has gone into developing the treatments that he is receiving which are so much more effective and safe than treatments of even just a few years ago. The plan from here is to continue on his chemotherapy regimen, monitor his bloodwork (currently tracking cell counts which are slowly trending down, DIC panel which is beginning to show some mild coagulopathies, and his uric acid and electrolytes which have been much better in the last 12 hours), and treat the symptoms of his chemo while hopefully increasing his food intake. God has continued to sustain us. It is hard to watch David when he is hurting, and there have been some tears trying to comfort him. As we consider what needs to be done to return home and planning for the next weeks, months, and years of chemotherapy God has granted us the peace that he promises in Phil 4:6-7. There have been some tears, but little anxiety, and even much joy in the midst of this trial so far. In fact, by the grace of God, I think we are more overwhelmed by the blessings than the trial. Our family has had a great week of time spent together. We have received so many calls, emails, and texts of support and messages of prayer. We can’t even imagine how many people have prayed for us. Please keep praying! God is blessing us greatly and has been faithful to guard our hearts. There has not been a single meal that we have missed or had to fend for ourselves because there has been an overabundance of people wanting to bring us food and more importantly caffeine. Eli and David have more toys than Christmastime; This has made Elianna think of this hospital stay like a mini vacation. She said, “This room is like my princess castle. Isn’t it awesome!” We even caught Elianna walking the halls holding hands with her new friend our oncologist. As we consider what might have been had we not been blessed to catch the leukemia as early as we did, we thank God. As we consider that off all the cancers David could have gotten he has ALL which is relatively very treatable and well researched, we are grateful. As we realize that so far the side effects of his chemotherapy have been quite manageable, we give thanks. Our family and friends, particularly Grace Bible Church, have been an incredible support in a way that has continued to astound the nurses, help us, and give God glory for His provision for us. Sorry for the lack of updates in the last 48 hours. We will try to make up for it by posting some pictures.
EDITED TO ADD: IT’S 10:09 AM HERE IN ARIZONA AND I JUST CHECKED WITH KIKI FOR TODAY’S PRAYER REQUEST. PLEASE JOIN ME IN PRAYING THAT DAVID’S BLOOD ELECTROLYTE LEVELS WILL REMAIN NORMAL/STABLE. IF THEY DO, THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANCE THAT THE HANTLA FAMILY COULD GO HOME AFTER DAVID’S CHEMO TREATMENT TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).