Of course we were all aware that chemo causes hair to fall out. And I have never been that sentimental about hair in the past…never cried over the babies first cuts or saved any of it.
But there is something entirely different when your little one is losing his hair because of cancer. It’s just sad.
It was beginning to fall out in clumps and I was finding it everywhere…on the end of the paci and bottles, in his diaper, on my clothes, in his crib, everywhere. Instead of dealing with the clumpy look on his head, we buzzed it back today.
Here’s the before:
And here is the after:
I know I’m his mama and all, but I still think he is just so handsome. That smile is just priceless. And I love that he is playing with a medical glove in the picture:)
I think the hardest part is looking at him and being reminded immediately that he is sick. But I know the hair will grow back (and I’m praying his hair is even more red the second time!). And I know his sickness will be healed.
So to end, here are a few things you can be praying for right now:
- Pray that we get out of isolation THIS WEEK! To clarify, isolation means that we can’t be in any public areas of the hospital for fear Bennett would pass on his sickness to other patients whose immune systems are compromised by chemo too. But the public areas of St. Jude are the ones with all of the toys to play with and people to meet! So that’s why we are begging for our freedom.
- Pray that when we do get out of isolation, we move directly into the Target housing. We are currently on the waiting list. And pray for those that we will be around there too!
- Pray that Bennett’s appetite increases and that he would drink more fluids. It is always difficult for him after chemo. I’ve heard that food tastes differently and you just don’t feel good. This is obviously difficult for him to communicate to us so it is a guessing game with each meal.
- Pray that this round of chemo works and that the tumor is shrinking RIGHT NOW! And pray for wisdom with the doctors that they continue to know the best next step.
- As his counts begin to decline from this round of chemo, pray that Bennett’s immune system stays strong and that he doesn’t get fevers or catch any viruses. We just need complete protection over his body.
- Pray that Bennett doesn’t EVER pull out his line that’s in his chest. I have heard horror stories of this and kids just bleed everywhere. If you know me, I really don’t do blood well. So we just need him to keep playing with it gently like he is and never have the urge to pull.
- Pray for our travels this week. I’m planning on heading back to Lafayette tomorrow (weather permitting) to be with Davis and Reide. Hallelujah! And then Ben will be in Memphis with Bennett for the week. Sadly, Ben and I will kiss at the airport and not see each other for another week…boo!
I will end with a few more pictures of my sweet boy. Thank you for sharing his story with others and for speaking his name in prayer. We are covered!
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings youwill find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (Psalm 91:4)