Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Morning Update

Good morning everyone! I spent the day with Jonathan and his family yesterday here at MD Anderson in Houston. Predictably, the chemo has begun to tire Jonathan. He's coming off the longest week of his life, so the stress, regimen, and uncertainty has made him plenty exhausted. The good news is he's in the best place he can possibly be in the whole world right now surrounded by people who love him! Only one person is allowed to accompany him at night here, so last night Ila Mae stayed with Jonathan and kept his company during the chemo sessions. The following is her Facebook post from around 6 am this morning:

"Just finished Etoposide & Cisplatin chemotherapy. Mannitol, a kidney flush, will run now for about the next four hours. They checked his vitals, no fever, normal vitals. He was sleeping pretty well before they came in to change to,lights are out again, hoping he falls back to sleep smoothly. Please keep my brother in your prayers today. Third day of chemo can be tough on the body. Also, today, the medical staff will be determining if Bubba needs 2 more days of chemo or if he will be discharged. Ill keep you updated! Thanks everyone. Love Ila Mae."

Yesterday was a rainy dreary day here, but the sun has come out! Stay tuned for more updates. Internet access is spotty during the day but I will do my best to keep the information coming!

p.s. I personally delivered all the messages to Jonathan from those of you who texted and emailed me messages yesterday. I didnt get a chance to reply to all of you  but I will when I get some downtime today!


  1. Jonathan,
    I'm thinking about you and praying for you like crazy! My family, friends, and even my students are praying too. In fact, I told one of my classes on Friday about you, and Raymond (an 8th grader) goes, "Well, come on. Let's just pray now." So, we did.
    Cancer sucks! But God is good! I know that He will give you the strength to fight this.
    Lots of love,

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