Good morning from Qingdao! It's a smoggy one here. Yesterday, Price had his first full day of therapy and treatment, and it was a success. After our doctors came to meet with us around 9am, Price headed to the OT room to do wave therapy and then a Chinese cupping therapy. The wave therapy consists of the doctor putting electromagnetic pulses on Price's brain and then on his legs. This is made to stimulate the nerves. Price tolerated it very well, in fact, it practically put him to sleep. He held the teddy bear that Ellery made for him and was perfectly still. He then had the cupping therapy which consists of the doctor putting warm glass cups on his back like a suction. It's different and strange, but kind of like everything else we have tried, we say bring it on if it could possibly help. If you want to, google it. It's pretty interesting.
The nurses came in to place an IV in Price's hand after OT to get him ready for his stem cell treatment in the afternoon. The nurses are great. Picture three young Chinese nurses with the old school nursing hats on singing "Twinkle, twinkle little star" in Mandarin.
Fast forward to the afternoon. We had to drag Price out of bed to get him to the IV room, where he received a drip of stem cells. He has been pretty lethargic this trip so far due to the time change, and the IV gave him a surge of energy. He perked up and was crawling around the entire floor at the hospital. He has a little buddy named Collin (from Scotland), whose dad is here receiving treatment.
Price slept well last night and woke up rested for his day today which will be another day of therapy. He will receive the electromagnetic wave therapy, accupuncture, and then physical therapy and standing therapy in the afternoon. This morning we boiled eggs for breakfast and plan on making beans and rice for dinner. I've got to make sure my boys get plenty of protein. I also have clothes hanging up to dry.
Tomorrow is Price's lumbar puncture. He will have the procedure around 2:30pm our time, which is 12:30am Houston time. He will go under general anesthesia. He has to stay completely still for 6 hours after the procedure, which might be difficult for Nathan and I to control considering we have not been able to stay awake past 7:30pm.
Nathan and I are submitting our plans, our hopes, our dreams to the Lord. We just ask that He glorify Himself in and through us for the duration of our stay. We are also thankful for the relationships we are establishing with the other families and staff here.
Thank you for continuing to pray.