When we got Joel’s labs on Wednesday his hemoglobin was just 8.2 (8 is the cut off for needing a blood transfusion.)  We normally don’t do labs until Friday, so for his red blood cells to be so low so early made me a little nervous.  He’s had much less energy the last couple days. A few different times toda,y as he was just laying still, he began to moan. It didn’t last long, but it was pretty unusual. I suspect his hemoglobin may already be lower, perhaps low enough to need a blood transfusion.  We’re scheduled for a clinic visit and MRI on Monday, so unless Joel becomes completely lethargic between now and then, we’ll just address it Monday.  In the meantime, you could pray for his body to start producing more hemoglobin and for his energy to return.  (Especially because we’re taking him to a fishing derby for kids with serious illnesses and their siblings tomorrow.)  We think tomorrow will be a really fun day, and we want Joel to be able to enjoy it.

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Also on Wednesday, Joel had an audiology appointment.  They tested Joel’s hearing with his hearing aids on for the first time.  They found that with his hearing aids on he can hear the full spectrum of human speech, it is the kind of results they hope for.  It was encouraging, and I’m hoping it gives me motivation to keep working with Joel on his hearing aids.  Will you pray for extra grace for us as we try to help Joel wear his hearing aids more and more often?  We have not had much momentum in this area lately, but I know it’s important.  It’s hard to make Joel do something he hates.

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Today we took the boys to go see some puppies a friend of ours is fostering.  It was such a blast.  Here are a few photos.

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