Clinical Trial Begins

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We returned yesterday from our first trip to Pittsburgh for the vaccine clinical trial. I was so impressed with the hospital there! It just opened in 2009, and felt more like a cool kids’ hotel than a hospital. I posted some pics on Facebook, and I’ll try to remember to add some here as well.
David rode over to Pittsburgh with his dad, and Richard and I met them there. In just the last few days, David has started having some pretty major fatigue from the residual effects of the radiation, so he slept the whole drive over. It was a pretty drive, taking us through WV, MD and into PA. Four states in five hours! It’s hard to see David so lethargic, but in the grand scheme of things, it is so much better than a lot of the other symptoms he could be having. We’re counting those blessings wherever we find them!

We met with Dr. Jakacki and her team, and they did an MRI. There is still a lot of swelling, but the tumor doesn’t appear to have changed. That’s a good thing. (The tumor being GONE would be better, but again, counting those blessings!) I think we were all a little anxious about the vaccine and what that would mean for David, but he tolerated the vaccine quite well. He will have a knot on his leg where they administer the shot, and it could take days – up to months – for the knot to go away. Other than that and some soreness in his leg, they don’t anticipate any major side effects. Again, blessings counted!

We are so thankful for the prayers that have gotten us this far. It has become VERY apparent to us over the last few days how those prayers have carried us over troubled spots that we weren’t even aware of until we looked back. God is leading us, and when that doesn’t work, He is carrying us. Please keep praying with us for David’s complete healing.

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