Tuesday, June 9, 2009

An Update and Thank You from Courtney

First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone throughout the community for their continued prayers and support. Skip and I are so very thankful for all of the support we have received over the last 4 months. It is unbelievable..how lucky and blessed we are! We could not have remained as strong and positive if it had not been for everyone's love, prayers, and support. Again, thank you so very much!!!

As for an update on Carter.....Can I just say...OUR BOY IS A TRUE FIGHTER!!! He is tough as nails!!! He has been through so much and continues to fight with all he has. As everyone knows, Carter has a tracheotomy. This is something that has to be changed once a week. When it came time for the change, there was quite a mishap. Due to some issues with Carter's healing process (due to steroids, chemo, and radiation), the trache change did not go well. After the change was done (or so we thought), the ENT doctor left the room and Carter was not able to breathe within minutes. He fought and I mean he fought hard! With the intervention of our Gracious Lord above and an amazing doctor, Carter was immediately intubated and stats went back to normal!! They realized that they would need to special order a trache for Carter (yes, we already knew he was special)so they would have to use a "makeshift" trache for 4-7 days!! He also had to have chest tubes put in because when he was fighting to breathe, his body filled with air. They put 2 chest tubes in and very soon after, Carter's lungs were back to normal and healing:) Yesterday, the "makeshift" tube, slipped out of place and it just so happened that the ENT doctor had just happened to come up to the PICU and our "angel" doctor (he always seems to be there when something goes wrong with Carter) was right there (not even supposed to be on yet)and they intubated him and went ahead and changed the trache!!! Yet another miracle in the life of our Carter-Man!!! Carter started his new treatment (Avastin and Irinotecan) yesterday and will start another chemo today (Temodar). Right now, Carter and Daddy are resting peacefully (he kept his Daddy up all night because he slept most of the day yesterday due to the events)! Some say you should wait for the storms to pass but I say..Let's Dance in the rain and man can our boy dance!!!!! Please continue to pray that this new treatment will be our light at the end of this very long, dark tunnel (as said by Becca)!!! Love to you all:)