Nathan Charles Norman's Journal
Written Mar 18, 2009 9:34pmHello Everyone! While we go through days of uncertainty with Nathan we are amazed at God's goodness. In the midst of this trial we have been blessed to find out that my wife is expecting again. We will go tomorrow to see our doctor to be sure of this unexpected surprise. While this is a blessing, if in fact she is pregnant, it raises many questions in our minds. Questions of how will we manage all of this, to is God replacing a child for a child, and yet still is this baby's stem cells ( that come from the umbilical cord) going to be the answer to our prayers for Nathan. Please continue to pray for our little Nathan. I ask, from the bottom of my heart that you continue to pray for my wife and I as these thoughts flood our minds. Ask that God would give us discernment between the negative thoughts and the truths found in His Holy Word.
Written Mar 17, 2009 10:26pmPLEASE PRAY! Nathan's stuttering has gotten a lot worse, so much that he is not talking very much because he gets so frustrated that the words will not come out. Still having balance and coordination issues. I spoke with his doctor today, we are going to continue to watch him for a few days. He may have to go back on Decadron, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and replaces the use of steroids. I hope not because it had really bad side effects for him after his surgery, but if the issues are due to the tumor making his brain swell then that would be the only option right now.
Written Mar 17, 2009 7:57amNathan's blood work yesterday looked good. We will go weekly for those results.
Hgb = 10.8
Platelets = 322,000
White blood cells = 9600
Segs (35) + Bands (2) = 37 (%)
Absolute Neutrophil Count = WBC (9600) x 37% = 3552
We will go back down to Duke 4/6 - 4/8 for a hearing test, chemo and his antibiotic, Pentamidine. The reason they do the hearing test is because the chemo drug can cause mild hearing loss. This way they can establish a baseline.
Nathan has been doing well since the chemo. We will have more blood work done next Monday. Nathan has been having a lot of stuttering issues since last night and is really off balance. Not sure if that is from the tumor or what. Thank you all for your continual prayers!