We have a tough little boy. Sometimes I am just amazed at how Noah handles some situations. Because we are again going through chemo, we must give him a shot every night to help boost his white blood cell count. Jessica was preparing the syringe and asked Noah "Where do you want to get the shot tonight?" Noah was lying in the bed beside me and pointed to his left arm. He usually gets his shot in his leg. We were a little nervous about how he would react to the needle. If he wiggles at all once it is in it could cause him more pain. She asked him again and he pointed at the same arm. As she prepped the spot with an alcohol swab he started pointing to his leg and saying "shot, shot" but it was too late.
Normally, a two year old would fight and cry and be terrified of needles. ( no wait, that sounds like me) but Noah patiently sat there and watched Jessica inject the needle and slowly push the medicine in. He didn't even flinch. Not even a whimper.
I hate the fact that he has gotten used to being pricked and poked every day. I hate the fact that he understands what it means to have blood work done. I hate the fact that this is the normal in his life.
But I love the fact that he is one of the toughest kids I have ever met. I love the fact that God has given him courage and a tolerance for pain beyond what I understand. I love the fact that he is a fighter.
Below is a video I took the day we started back chemo treatments. Noah has a deppo port in his chest. It allows the hospital staff to give him whatever he needs without putting an IV in his arm or leg. Blood is drawn from the port, He gets antibiotics and chemo through the port. The needle to access it is 3/4 of an inch long.
If I were having a needle that long shoved into my chest I would sweat blood. (I hate needles.) But Noah just watches it go in without even flinching. He is such an inspiration to me. Watch this video and see what I mean.
My request for prayer tonight is that God would grant Noah even more courage and strength, that in the coming months God would use this horrible situation for something good - in his life and others as well.
Jessica and I have met and talked to so many people who know about and pray for Noah. It humbles me every time I am asked by a stranger "are you Noah's dad?" To know that so many people who have never even met Noah kneel before the Father on his behalf is completely overwhelming. Thank you - and please don't stop.
These posts are written by Noah's parents Jessica & John David Crowe. The default author is Jess, and those written by John David will be noted.