Although we never could have dreamed up the nightmare we find ourselves in this Thanksgiving, we are more grateful than ever. The outpouring of love and support for Persy and our family is beyond anything we could have imagined. Your continuous thoughts, prayers, donations, messages of love and acts of kindness have carried us and given Brittany and Ryan the strength they need to continue on.

Today was a quieter day for Persy. Our prayers were answered in that his agitation and swelling were both significantly reduced allowing our sweet boy to finally rest. He slept through the night and most of the day. Brittany and Ryan were comforted by numerous visits as our families gathered with them in prayer, brought them meals, and showered them with love.

Persy wasn’t too fond of the feeding tube in his nose, and he promptly removed it during the night (our feisty little rebel!). Luckily, he was able to take his meds orally and actually ate some food (applesauce and apple bars). Brittany and Ryan received the results of Persy’s MIBG scan which revealed he is avid and may be a candidate for this type of treatment in the future. Persy’s heart rate was a little elevated throughout the day, he spiked a fever, and his oxygen saturation levels were a bit low. They found out this was being caused by fluid in his lung , which may need to be drained surgically if it does not resolve with medicine alone.

Little victories

  • Persy had his third chemo treatment and is on his way to a full recovery. Even the fluid in his lung did not stop him from getting his next treatment.
  • Persy’s swelling continues to decrease which has helped with his agitation and discomfort.
  • Persy was more himself today and even put the code into his iPad by himself for the first time since he’s been sick.
  • Persy said “I love you dada” and even played a tiny bit with mama and his stuffed animals.
  • Best of all, Persy smiled for a selfie with mama and dada to close out the day.

Please pray

  • For the fluid to drain from Persy’s lung so he doesn’t have to have it surgically removed.
  • That the medical team can begin to wean Persy from some of his pain medicines.
  • For Persy’s swelling to continue to decrease.
  • For his body to respond to the chemo and specifically that the chemo obliterates all the metastatic cancer sites in his body.
  • For his cancer to be attacked by the chemo, but for his precious body to be protected from the damage caused by the toxic chemicals.

Gracious Lord, we thank You that You are a merciful God who cares for, loves, and protects little children and that You hear and answer our prayers. We thank you for letting us see that we are blessed beyond measure even in difficult times. Keep our precious lamb, Persy, enfolded in your sheltering arms and resting in your grace. Bring him back to full health, we pray. We give You thanks for You are good and Your mercy endures forever. Amen.