Happy New Year!

3 January 2012

It’s been such a long time since I have posted an update on Tyler’s journey.  It’s been a long December and to be honest, it’s been a hard one as well.  About two weeks before Christmas, Tyler started to become much more fatigued than normal.  He would come home from school and fall asleep on the couch and sleep until morning.  Then, he would try to get up and shower and go to school, then just be too tired and nauseated to make it to school on time.  He also was losing his appetite and after a few days, just stopped eating pretty much altogether.  Our hearts were feeling pretty heavy as we watched him decline the week before Christmas.  On the Tuesday before Christmas, I took his temperature, and it was 102.7, which is too high for a boy with cancer. We took him down to Primary Children’s Hospital and they hooked him up to fluids and an antibiotic and after a few hours, he really started perking up and looking better.  They decided he was just dehydrated and possibly had an infection of some sort, although his blood counts were really pretty good. We took him home that afternoon, and he seemed to improve on Wednesday.  Thursday morning, his temperature was back up over 102 and we headed back down again.  They loaded him up with fluids and antibiotics again and decided we could take him home, but still didn’t know what was wrong.  His blood cultures had shown no bacteria of any sort, and they couldn’t find any source of the fever.  We brought him home again, not sure if we would be back in the next day.

I think Erika posted something on Facebook that day about needing a Christmas miracle.  Posts and emails were coming in that prayers were on the way, and I knew that people who knew  what was happening were on their knees asking for a miracle.  He still hadn’t really eaten and was down about seven pounds, not what we were hoping for.  He kept craving Tepanyaki (go figure) and we tried to go there on Friday night, but he was sick before we hit the parking lot.  So on Christmas Eve, he wanted to try it again (when he decides he wants to eat something, there is really no changing his mind!)

Well, we made it inside Tepanyaki that night, and Tyler ate EVERY bite of shrimp and chicken that they put on his plate that night, not to mention the salad and rice…Once he had some food in him, he started to perk up and get some energy back.  They decided he either had some sort of bacteria that the antibiotics finally kicked in and killed, or a virus that just had to run its course.

We didn’t make it to the cabin for Christmas, but we were able to come up later Christmas evening.  First time in probably twenty years that we haven’t had Christmas at the cabin, but we had a wonderful Christmas day at home.

I have no doubt that Tyler’s turnaround was from the many prayers that week that were offered in his behalf.  I cannot thank everyone enough for this.  Watching Tyler decline that week was probably the hardest time I’ve ever had, aside from the original diagnosis.   It’s been an extremely emotional month for me.

This Christmas was probably the most meaningful to me and the family, on so many levels.  I am so grateful for Heavenly Father’s gift to me, the birth of His son, Jesus Christ.  I am eternally grateful for His life and for His sacrifice so that I can be with Him and with my family for eternity.  I cannot imagine going through this without that knowledge.   I am so grateful for my family and the happiness they bring to my life.  I don’t think I realized until this trial how my family is truly EVERYTHING to me.  Nothing else matters to me at all.

I didn’t do a very good job with neighbor or friend gifts this year, so if I missed you for Christmas, please know that you all are in my heart and I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  The year I needed to recognize people the most and they went mostly ignored by me…not the way I had planned things.

And once again, thank you for your petitions to Heaven on Tyler’s behalf.  I want you and your children to know that Heaven is listening and answering.  Tyler is proof of this, over and over again….May 2012 bring you all the choicest blessings life has to offer!

Happy New Year from the Smith Family!





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