Today has been a great day.
Oakes has been resting peacefully today. His numbers jumped around a little around 1pm and he was given a little paralytic to calm down, but that did the trick and he has been peaceful ever since. Test results from the Pheresis came back very similar to the results after the last round. Some antibodies were gone, some were up and there were a few new ones. It's not bad news, but it's not good news either. Oakes will have pheresis in the morning tomorrow then his third dose of chemo. Then in the days to follow he will likely start another 5 day round of Pheresis. Dr. Duncan is the attending today and she said that although this isn't great news, she would say that clinically Oakes is doing better, and that is a step in the right direction. One tiny, slow and steady baby step in the right direction makes this a really good day. What pushes us into a great day is that I got to hold Oakes! He needed to be repositioned and Yvonne, his other amazing nurse and girlfriend, let me hold him before she moved him around. Oakes slept through the entire event. There are no pictures to share this time, but I promise there has been a smile on my face today.
A simple request:
Several people have shared very touching stories of sending Oakes deep healing breaths, and we wanted to spread the word and ask for more! With the last few stable days, we think this special wind coming his way must be helping. We have heard that children and adults alike are taking deep breaths, filling theirs lungs with love and prayers, good vibes and healing thoughts and sending them Oakes' way. Weather it is in your yoga class, during your time on the treadmill, as you yawn and stretch in the morning, or if it's a new part your children's bedtime routine, Oakes will be ready and waiting for more healing breaths!
Yvonne with Oakes!