I Am Thankful For. . .

My Collin…

I haven’t done the “I’m thankful for” because I’ve learned the hard way you need to be thankful all year long and express it also.  Honestly, some of it gets to me because some days I miss Trey sooo much, I’m not thankful.  Oh, My, that might be disrespectful, but I sure don’t want you to walk in my shoes.  That’s a topic for another day.  But today, I will say that I am so thankful for Dr. Scott Kloek who I can text and he called me immediately on his day off, met Jay, Collin, and Cindy Few at the office to look at Collin who had a migraine related to the fentanyl he had from the endoscopy.  Thank you to my best friend Cindy who rushed to get him from school and get him to the doctor! He was feeling much better this morning from the medicine Dr. Kloek gave him! 

OH – And the biopsies were normal, except for his esophagus.  It is Eosinophilic Esophagitis which is an allergy.  If they would have biopsied his colon, this same diagnosis would have shown up there.  Dr. Farooq thinks this might be contributing to his upset stomach sometimes.  He has never been able to eat steak and we would always get on him.  He would say he could not swallow it.  We thought this was just his way of saying he did not like it.  Dr. Farooq confirmed BEFORE getting the biopsy back that is one of the symptoms, not being able to swallow.  Wow.  Here again, listen to your children, especially if they are telling you the same thing over and over again.  This diagnosis can change Collin’s life for the better!

Of course, what we are most excited about is that his pancreas looked good.  A healthy pancreas, praise the Lord!  We know that Collin does not understand everything that is going on.  But I think he understands at this point he’s okay.  The P16 gene is in control somewhat and that is what we pray over.

We will have to undergo an MRI next Monday.  Our schedule was modified so that we will be at St. Jude on Monday for the MRI and he will be put to sleep for it.  We will make sure he will not have fentanyl.  I know that having the MRI and the EUS that he had on Monday will make us all feel better when we get positive results.  Yes, that’s what I am going on, getting positive results.  We have faith that God is hearing our prayers to take care of Collin.  “For nothing will be impossible with God.”  Luke 1:37

We ask that you continue to pray for us as we take one new step each day.  I am praying for many opportunities to share what God has done for us, but at the same time still grieving.  I am SO thankful for our friends that surround us, but yet, I still lean on them heavily.  Thankful for a friend who cleans my house, walks in it nasty, and loves me anyway! I’m still distracted at work and do not know how I get things accomplished, but yet I am very thankful I still have a job.  I am very thankful for St. Jude and what they meant to us with Trey, yet we now are back with Collin as a patient.  Dr. Sara Federico ROCKS!  She’s my friend, my confidant, my sister from another mother, and both of my sons doctor.  How lucky am I!

For I ask this of you.  Think not of yourselves, but think of others and be thankful. Share with others what Christ has done for you.  You might find it easier than you think! – Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

Signed, sleepy, but thankful!  (I went to bed at 7 p.m. last night after a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich.  We are exhausted.)

~Trey, you would have been so proud of Collin.  It took him 10 seconds before he said ouch after they put the IV in.  He did great!  I just don’t want him to have to get use to needles like you did buddy.  I know you were watching after him.  Thankful for brothers and what you taught him even when you were teasing him.  I wish you were here to tease him some more, but I’m thankful that your buddies like Taylor Johnson and J.D. McMillan have come over to play video games with him.  You taught encouragement and God is still reaching through you.  But no more pain, no more pain.  Except my pain.~

8 thoughts on “I Am Thankful For. . .

  1. Lisa: You write so beautifully and touch my heart each time! I say this with tears streaming down my eyes. Praying for the whole family!

  2. You dont know me but I pray for you and your family. Your blog touches me with each writing. I look every day to see if you have written something new. I will continue to be prayerful. Trey touched many lives but so have you and you also continue to touch lives. Thank you

  3. I am so happy that collen is olay we have all been praying for him .My brother and me want to tell you how proud we are of your family and the prayes from our family have never stoped and never will i think about yall everyday.stay strong

    thank you for keeping us updated
    love Katie

  4. I don’t personally know you either, but feel like I do through these posts. Raw emotion. Raw trust in the Lord. Another great post.

  5. You have no idea how you encourage others. Though this was not what you would have chosen, you reach many with your words that others more professionally trained could not. God bless you for all your inspiration through the tears you shed each day. God is carrying you and you give Him the glory for doing so. Remember so many are praying for you, Jay, Collin and the rest of your wonderful family. I pray you will wrap your arms around each other this Thanksgiving.

  6. The Erwin family is in my thoughts and prayers early this Thanksgiving morning. I am praying that the Lord will hold you all close today and throughout the holiday season. Please know that many are thinking of you during these days and lifting you up in prayer for comfort and strength. We are thankful for your family’s testimony and for sharing Trey with all of us. He touched our lives during his illness in ways that we will never forget. In Christ’s love, Edna Delk

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