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God is good. Little Griff Update

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Griffin is not my child, I am just posting his mom's updates on her blog, in hopes that more folks hearing his story will mean more folks sending up prayers for him. Thanks. I would also like to add, I am not good at getting back to folks, just not enough time, when they post here, but oh, thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. These updates, good or bad, always bring me to tears.

God is good.

By jill dahmen — 9 hours ago
Griffin is like an infant again, when it comes to sleeping. We have learned that the one thing we DON'T do is wake him up in the morning. He typically sleeps till about 8:30. And when he wakes up we hold our breath and wait for the 1st sign that everything is ok. Well, today everything was ok...whew! So he went off to school! He did great, he works so hard when he is there. He hates missing school and wants to get all the work done that he can while at school!

You know, sometimes when you have a child with cancer or find yourself in some other unthinkable situation, you need to focus so hard on just getting through a day or even a getting through a few hours, that when the REALITY of what is going on has a chance to sink in it feels like someone has kicked you in the gut. When my mind opens to the enormity of this situation I get overwhelmed. When I sit for too long (and when I say too long, I mean more than 5 seconds) with our reality...our reality that we are not just fighting little battles for the sake of fighting, rather we are fighting the little battles and NEED to win them in order to win the WAR...the war for our child's life...we are fighting to save our child's LIFE. THAT literally drops me to my knees. And when I say it drops me to my knees, I mean I may be carrying a load of laundry up the stairs and it will drop me TO MY KNEES because I have, literally, no strength to stand. And for a moment or two (or 10) I cry so hard that I fear I may break a rib. AND THEN, since I'm on my knees anyways, I will pray. I think it is interesting that God will allow those thoughts to creep in and drop me to my knees...right where I need to be. In a posture of submission...I am NOT in control, I am at YOUR mercy...this I KNOW.

On the heels of having one of those moments today, my phone chimed. It was a video text from Griffin's PE teacher. Mr. G had videoed Griffin JUMP ROPING!!! I wish I could fully explain how HUGE this is! Mr. G explained to me that Griffin could have done an adapted activity that he had planned for him, because Griff hasn't been able to participate as normal for quite awhile. But then he saw Griffin trying to jump rope on his own! He grabbed his phone and started the beginning Griffin stumbled a bit and I can hear Mr.G encourage him...."that's ok! try a couple more!"...and he did! He did! (thank you J!) I think I counted 10 successful jumps! My friends, him being physically able to do this PLUS the bravery it took to TRY in front of his peers is a bit of a miracle! God is hearing our prayers...he is Good!

So's Wednesday, church night. The environment (health wise) there is a bit less governed than in his classroom so we made the decision to keep him home. I stayed home and Kurt took the girls. Well, Griff began to run a fever. It was at least 101, probably higher. I called Kurt to hurry home. I packed a bag. (and remember anything over 100.5 requires an ER visit and likely a 48 hour hospital stay) Those darn thermometers are gonna be the death of us! When you need an EXACT reading it is easy to get frustrated at the difference in readings from each device! God moved and put our friend R in Kurts path. She brought over her thermometer that is far more consistent than the ones we had. God is good.

We were about 10 minutes from heading to the ER. We put out a quick prayer request on Griff's facebook page (NO FEAR Griffin) and we were diligently praying. To make a very long story short, his temperature began to drop! Slowly at first, so we stayed put for the time being and I bet we took that temp every 5 minutes! With all 4 devices {wink}!

His temp continued to fall....100, 99.5, 98.9....God is good.

On one of Griffin's last readings, listen...we took ALOT! He was taking his own temp in between the times that Kurt and I were, he was desperate to see it below 100.5!...anyways on one of the last times I took it, it read 99.1. My eyes flooded with tears. God is good. Griffin threw his arms around my neck and said "we should pray"..."yes, buddy. we should! Go ahead..." (the lump in my throat was preventing me from talking!) "dear Jesus, thank you for fixing my temperature! I pray that the fever stays away so that I can sleep in my own house and be with my family...amen" God IS GOOD.

So once again, the Lord brought us to our knees.

A dear friend then sent me a youtube video of a song from Nicole Nordeman..."You are Good"...yes, God is good!

Thank you for covering our boy in love and prayers!

Please pray tonight that his fever stays AWAY and that his white blood cells are multiplying like crazy!


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    Brought tears to my eyes. It is so hard to imagine how this would be, but the portrayal was written so well. When my children were grown and starting families of their own, I thought my prayer vigils would be less. But now we have DGKs to pray for, too! HE is so able to meet our needs! PTL!!! emoticon
    1313 days ago
  • JAMER123
    God is Good. Sending prayers to Griffith for the temp to remain low! Blessings to all.
    emoticon for sharing.
    1314 days ago
    I simply can't imagine having a child with cancer. It is a living nightmare yet God is in control and you can see Him in the prayers-the person who brought the thermometer-so many ways God is there. Gentle hugs and thanks for sharing.
    1314 days ago
    I am continuing to pray.
    1314 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    I don't know you but I want you to know that I am praying for that young man. And, his family, it is so hard when you have a sick child. God is good and He will provide their every need. Thanks for sharing their story with us.
    1315 days ago
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