He's Wearing A Mask!!!!!!!

The night staff thought I was a *little* weird, but I couldn't help it I was too excited. Anyone who was around last year knows how hard it was on us that Adam would not wear his mask. Lo and behold, one night last week, he told me he wanted to try wearing one. He actually let me put it on and when I let go, he didn't take it off. It may sound really silly when I say I can't remember the last time I felt so liberated. Of course we immediately had to call dad on the computer to show him the cute mask covered face. Mark was just as thrilled as I was. This means no more endless walking in circles around the unit in the plastic covered stroller. This means Adam gets to go with Momma to the Nutrition Center to get food. It also means that he can go outside to the pediatric atrium and play to his hearts content. I simply cannot express what a mile stone this is. Hooray for our mask wearing Adam!!!!!
It's funny to see the contrast between Adam and Russell. Adam desperately wants to get out of the room, and rightly so. It's no fun to be cooped up with nothing to do. Russell on the other hand, cannot wait to go to the hospital. Every room on the floor has a Nintendo Wii and Russell can't get enough. As far as he's concerned, it's Disney World. In the picture below, Russell is concentrating very hard on his game of Wii Golf. Before he started golfing, he was beating me and Mark at Wii Bowling by a good 50+ points. This kid's computer gaming skill set is simply impressive!
On a whole, it's been a good week so far. Adam's counts are still at zero, so we continue to wait until they recover. When they do, he will have another bone marrow aspiration to see if he is in remission. At that point, we will know more about what the next round of chemotherapy has in store.
We are so grateful for all the support we have been receiving. Prayers, thoughts, notes, calls, cards, emails; they are all so encouraging. The Lord has blessed us so much and we are well aware of His blessings that come through you. Please do not underestimate the power of your prayers. We are strengthened on a daily basis because of them. Thank you!


Susan said...

Wow-your photography skills are blossoming like crazy. The pictures are fantastically amazing. Tell Adam that we are so proud of him for being brave and wearing the mask! He's brave like Emma, who finally took the plunge tonight and learned to ride her bike without training wheels.
That's great that you can go outside and play now. We are still praying for you guys everyday, all day. We love, love, love you.
Call if you need anything at all.
The Autens

Michelle Cox said...

Happy to hear good news! Way to go, Adam! Now that he's a little older, I'm sure he is more reasonable and able to understand the benefits of complying. I love these photos!


GoodReason said...

That's great news! Little miracles along the way. And what an adorable kid! May there be many miracles along the way to full recovery!

Anonymous said...

This is a milestone! Tell Adam that Bro. White is proud of him. I hope to be by Sunday.

You are always in our hearts.

Good job Adam!

The White Family

Emily said...

Awww, these pics are so precious. Way to go on the mask-wearing, Adam! I can just imagine how happy and liberated you are feeling, Janna. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Shane's Angie said...

Yay! What a great milestone! What freedom you'll feel by getting to escape with the masks on! The pictures of your boys are beautiful...I've been thinking of you so much lately, I hope you know how much we care for you! Love you Banana!