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3 years 8 months ago

We’re nearing the end of the first cycle of chemo, and Davis has been doing really well. He’s so much more himself, even sucking his right thumb at night 2 nights ago, which he always did at home, but hasn’t done since we’ve been here. There’s so much more energy we see, and his physio work is paying off, as he’s sitting up by himself, and even standing and taking a few steps.

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3 years 9 months ago

After a busy weekend, we’ve had company the last few days, which allowed Suzanne and I to even get out on the town a bit last night. Date night—always a good thing!

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3 years 9 months ago

It’s weird when a place that’s not home starts to feel more familiar. Driving down Oak St. tonight as I got back to the hospital, the Safeway and TD on the corner of Oak and King Edward was a milestone saying, “only a couple more blocks!”. A very odd feeling.

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3 years 9 months ago

We’ve had an eventful couple days in the Schutz hospital room. Davis is starting to “normalize” a bit, which has been so very encouraging for us. After not eating or drinking for a number of days, he’s starting to do both again, and is getting more energy as a result.

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3 years 9 months ago

Big D and I are hanging out in his room tonight, this the last of 2013. Even just a few weeks ago, we'd have never guessed that the year would end like this, but here we are. I'm tempted to do a year-end retrospective tonight, but I think I'll need to save that for another day.

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3 years 9 months ago

One of the best things the daddy of a sick little child can hear is a doctor giving some good news. I got to hear that today as one of Davis’ doctors came in to see him this morning. He’s one who’s seen Davis from the beginning and was off over the Christmas days, so today was the first time we’d seen him in a while.

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3 years 9 months ago

I'm not a boxing fan, but it seemed appropriate to add a ding! to the title when talking about a round being done.I'd prefer "cheers!", but boxing's probably a better metaphor right now...

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3 years 9 months ago

To our dear friends who started this, and to all who've been and will be a part of this project:

Thank you.

YouCaring: Team Davis

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3 years 9 months ago

I'm sitting in a hospital room, writing at the very time my church family is meeting for the 2nd of two Christmas Eve worship services in Penticton. Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday are two of the high points of the church year, and as a pastor there's nothing I'd love more than to be leading my church family in worship on this night.

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3 years 9 months ago

Good evening, friends. I may not be posting very much over over the next couple days, since I'll be enjoying spending some time with my whole family. Yup, they got here this afternoon, and it's been so good to not just see, but hug and kiss our other kiddos, and have my mom and dad, and brother and family here for a few days.

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3 years 9 months ago

Hi friends, not too much to tell about the medical part of the journey today. Overall it was a good day for Team Davis. He took the second dose of chemo like a champ, and is resting fairly comfortably tonight. I’m thankful that we can turn off the Dora early tonight and have some quiet while he sleeps and I write.

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3 years 9 months ago

We've had some visitors today, who have been very welcome, and so not as much time to write today. So just a quick update tonight...

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3 years 9 months ago

Well, friends, it was a big day. Let me give you the straight-up bottom line first, then give you a few details. (That’s going to be hard for me, since I’m one who inclines to giving far more detail than less. Sue me, I’m a painter, not a pointer. I’ll give more details in further posts.)

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3 years 9 months ago

I'm just sitting at the Cancer Agency having coffee while Davis is in his PET scan right now, with just a bit of time and my phone, so just a short update...

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3 years 9 months ago

The docs were just in, giving an update. They had an internal consultation this afternoon. It’s called the “tumour board”, when on Thursday afternoons they bring the oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, and surgeons together to discuss difficult cases. Apparently Davis is a diffcult case.

We could have told you that. :)

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3 years 9 months ago

So I had a bit of an odd Starbucks experience on Tuesday.

I mentioned in a previous post that there’s a Second Cup coffee shop in the main lobby here at the hospital. And just outside the main entrance is a Starbucks. I always enjoy the Starbucks—I don't even know if there is a Second Cup in Penticton—and I’m a very important person there because I have a gold card. 

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3 years 9 months ago

I hate writing this kind of post, because it feels selfish. But we've been asked a few times how we might be able to be reached by mail, so here's the address for us:

Attn: Schutz Family
BC Children's Hospital
4500 Oak Street
Unit 3B, Room 7
Vancouver, BC   V6H 3N1

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3 years 9 months ago

Good morning, friends. No big news this morning; likely not until near dinner time will we get a report back from the pathologists. We’re praying that it’s conclusive and it will allow us to start treatments, maybe even tonight. I continue to pray for a miraculous healing by God, and I pray for the strength to accept whatever the report says.

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3 years 9 months ago

I started sharing updates on Facebook, and then realized a blog would be a better format for sharing. But now I'm realizing there are many who mayb be connected to us through this blog who don't know us very well, or at all. I had someone ask about the rest of our family, so for those of you who don't know, here's an intro to us.

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3 years 9 months ago

So many of you are sharing in our journey, and for that we're so thankful. I've been privileged to hear stories of folks connecting on Facebook and through this blog, and I'm so grateful for that.

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3 years 9 months ago

I know things are pretty heavy, and my writing certainly reflects that, but there's certainly more stuff to write about than how hard it is to wait. :) So here's one of those things...

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3 years 9 months ago

In John 11, there's a fascinating account of Jesus' friend Lazarus who was sick. Jesus was asked to come, but he stayed where he was for 2 more days. What a strange reaction! His reaction was, "this will end in God being glorified", and stayed put. Why on earth would He do this? He even knew that Lazarus had died and yet didn't seem to do anything about it.

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3 years 9 months ago

I talk a lot about God's providential care for us - those times when it seems like "everything happens for a reason", where things line up in unexpected ways. Or things happen in ways you maybe didn't expect, but ended up being rather intriguing. Some people call this coincidence, but it has a much better name: providence.

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3 years 9 months ago

So we're going to get the results of the biopsy tests (called the "path report", short for "pathology"...look at me learning doctor lingo. Can I audition for Grey's Anatomy yet?) tomorrow afternoon. We've been told that it's shaping up to be less of a straightforward diagnosis than some are, so just getting the report won't mean we'll have a definitive course of action tomorrow afternoon.

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3 years 9 months ago

I have to keep telling myself, one step at a time. Otherwise my "let's run scenarios" brain takes over, and all the what-if questions start to run rampant.

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