More progress is being made day-by-day, and with every step we are amazed and filled with gratitude. I thought you would like to hear today’s update directly from Steven’s mom, my lovely sister-in-law, Denise, and know that your good thoughts and prayers are still hard at work – he is truly our miracle boy:
“The doctors haven’t made their rounds yet but here’s what I know: My boy is coming back. A couple of days ago I asked that he be taken off his pain medication drip because I didn’t feel he needed it, so he was finally weaned off of it completely yesterday. His mental status has improved greatly and his bowels are moving again. He’s breathing better, he’s talking better and I stand in awe. What a fighter!”
Then another update from her: “What a glorious day! Steven’s oncologist came in wearing a smile! and said his cancer levels continue to drop and she is cautiously optimistic about his progress, especially since she told us last week that she really didn’t think he’d make it and that if he pulled through, he would be the sickest kid she’s ever seen in the PICU make a comeback. She tried all last week to prepare us for his death but we wouldn’t accept it. My heart is dancing.”
Pretty great, huh? I don’t know how mentally alert he is yet, but he’s coming around and far exceeding expectations from last week, as you saw from the oncologist. There is something to be said for the universal power of intention and healing, and Steven has SOOO many people on his side, sending love, good thoughts and prayers. My brother said Steven was also moved yesterday to a sports bed to move his body around to exercise respiratory and muscles to begin body healing, as well as prevent bed sores, etc. We’re all feeling pretty grateful. Since Steven is having such a good day today and my darling little twin nieces (Jaden and Jaxie, age 7) are on Spring Break this week, Denise is actually going home for a few hours to spend some time with the girls. They’ll have a picnic lunch on the living room floor and paint fingernails, so Steven’s mama is getting some good balance today.
Oh, and no, I was not thinking of Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, when I wrote yesterday’s message (corrected electronically on FB). Just a quick correction to the address of where to mail your donations for the family in Bristow (I’m sure the zip will allow the post office to correct my error if you already mailed yours – whoops!):
Steven Wilson Benefit Account (make check payable to)
c/o Sharon VanOrsdol (in Note section)
P.O. Box 1020
Bristow, OK 74010
Again, be sure to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org afterward to give me your mailing address for your TEAM STEVEN bracelet(s). “Can You Hear Us NOW?” T-shirts are possibly in the works for our TEAM STEVEN Network as well! Ha!
Oh, and one of our TEAM STEVEN members works for the Oklahoma Blood Institute in Tulsa, and said you can donate blood or platelets there — 4601 E. 81st Street. They supply the blood for Saint Francis, but can do a “Credit to Patient” plan for Steven and she confirmed that ANYONE with ANY blood type can donate in his name. Family is also trying to organize a blood drive in Bristow as well. If you are donating blood in other parts of the country, please inquire about the “Credit to Patient” for Steven Wilson at St. Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa, OK. Who would have thought reading all those vampire books would actually lead to me asking for blood? LOL. 😉 Kidding! Thank you to those who donate regularly – this is why donations are needed.
Okay, so that’s the scoop. I continue to look down at my TEAM STEVEN bracelet and send him loving thoughts constantly. If things continue to progress the way they have been, you can trust that he is still coming along and continuing his fight and making progress. I will plan to update you at the end of the week unless we have any major news or breakthroughs. As always, thank you for your care and concern for my nephew. Steven is so lucky to have so many amazing people on his side – we all know it is the love of SO many people lifting him up that has helped carry him through. If you would like to send him a card to continue to encourage him and cheer him on, please send to:
c/o Denise Sargent
10111 S. Sandusky Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74136