Thursday, May 3, 2007

Day 4

Mom typing here...

After 4 days and 3 nights, Nick's body is handling the chemo with pure class. He has very little nausea, healthy appetite and getting some sleep. He has put away his "Rock Star" sunglasses temporarily for a pirate's eye patch. His room is filled with pictures, cards, PlayStation games, guitars, computers, candy, dice games, a flying monkey, ipods and cowboy bandanas. He is comfy in his own clothes, pillow and a fabulous black feather boa, compliments of his nurse, Mary. We have both basketball and hockey playoffs going on right now - we are all highly entertained.

Both the bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap came back negative and that is FANTASTIC! If his labs continue to be as great as they are today, it looks like he can go home on Saturday.

Nick's dad and I are taking turns staying with him overnight at the hospital, mainly to help us feel better, not necessarily Nick. The foldout couches here are not too bad. Lee brings Carly and Kelsey down for dinner or a visit every night- food is pretty good here, too. Nick has had visitors every day which is awesome.

Bye for now. Thanks again for all the wonderful warm wishes and lovely words of inspiration!


Chris Ulvin said...

Hello Lori
Nick has many friends and family praying for him and all who love him, Kelsey and Carly especially. A dear friend from church sent me a card with the following truths - which I want to share with you.
Cancer is so limited....
It cannot cripple love,
It cannot shatter hope,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot eat away peace,
It cannot destroy confidence,
It cannot kill friendship,
It cannot shut out memories,
It cannot silence courage,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot reduce eternal life,
It cannot quench the Spirit,
It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.

I am thankful that Nick is able to receive treatment right in his backyard - Salt Lake City - and that you surround him with love and encouragement. Those Utah Jazz are doing a pretty good job of encouraging Nick too. Love is a powerful gift - that first came from God - so I end this comment with wisdom from the Bible.
"Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to seperate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:39

We love you. Even the state of Nevada can't seperate Nick from the love and awe we have for him. May God bless us all. Aunt Chris

Chris Ulvin said...

Dear Nick,
Happy August 25th - 2010. Over three years since this posting. I ordered you a St. Peter medallion last night and it should arrive at your Layton doorstep in a week. It says "Pray for Us" - I'm praying for a 'Three-peat" miracle for Mr. Nicholas William Raitt. St. Peter is the saint of long life. That is my second prayer for you. My third prayer comes from 1 Samuel 3:9 "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening". I pray that you, your family, your doctors, your friends have listening ears for God and trust in His perfect plan for you.
Love, aunt Chris