Thank you for praying. Amos is HOME and we are so very thankful for that. It was quite a ride but we finally feel like we’ve moved past chemo round 1 and all of it’s complications. Truth be told, these last few weeks have been brutal and we are still reeling from all that has happened since we moved back to Cambridge, moved back to California, and started chemotherapy. I can’t think of anything to say other than that it’s taken a huge toll on my heart. I feel the weight of the pain and suffering of Amos and our whole family in this process and it is not light. Thank you for praying.
A few details from these past few days – Amos came home from the hospital Tuesday night. We never really discovered what was causing his fevers but the good news is that ALL of the tests came back negative for any significant infections. They tapped his inter-cranial shunt to check his brain fluid for infection and that came back negative as well. We praise the Lord for all of these things. Amos has enjoyed being home but it’s slow going for him to get back on his feet and regain the energy and stamina he had before spending nearly 3 and a half weeks in the hospital, much of that in bed. He’s in pretty good spirits but please pray for Amos to be encouraged and to enjoy his time at home before chemo round #2, which starts on Nov 10th (my birthday).
Another difficulty this past week has been Luke’s sickness. He caught some sort of flu virus and has been vomiting, etc. for about 8 days now. While we are so very thankful that he’s being well taken care of by Gigi and Grandpa, it’s been very sad for us to not see Lukey during these rare days of Amos being home from the hospital. We were so looking forward to having the boys together again, and for Mommy and Daddy to have some time with Lukey since we’ve been at the hospital so much with Amos, that it’s been very sad to be apart. Because of Amos’ compromised immune system, we can’t even think of reuniting the boys until Luke goes 48 hours without any symptoms. Please pray that he would be well soon. In the meantime, we are grateful to have Zazzy, Will’s mom, out in CA to lend a helping hand around our apartment.
Many of you have remarked in person, in messages, and phone calls how amazed you are by our strength. Today especially, I want to just say that any strength you see is not us, but the Lord holding us up and sustaining us even in the most simple ways. This is all so very painful and hard but the Lord allows us to carry on and He continues to show His presence with us even as we struggle to understand why things have been so difficult recently. Our hearts are sore from all the disappointments but we know the same things as before: that the Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble. These are our days of trouble and we ask you to pray for us to know the Lord’s goodness in them even when it is very hard to see.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11
Thank you for praying! Much love from the Ross Family to yours.
-Kelli, Will, Amos, and Luke.
Ps: here’s a fun little story about the Anaheim mounted police visit to CHOC- Amos is famous! http://behindthebadgeoc.com/cities/apd/anaheim-pd-officers-saddle-visit-choc-cheer-young-patients/