Happy Birthday, Kohen . . . Here’s Another Round of Chemo

Today is Kohen’s sixth birthday. It also just happens to be the four-month anniversary of the day he was issued crutches and advised he should no longer walk on his leg.

We’re extremely grateful to have returned from Utah in time to celebrate his birthday at home (and before the earthquake that struck SLC this morning). And we are only home in time because Kohen’s recovery was so remarkable. He exceeded expectations—spending less than a week in the hospital from day of surgery to day of release.

Kohen had an epidural installed on the morning of the surgery which remained in him for five days: from the day of surgery on Thursday, (03/05) till Monday (03/09). Once the epidural was removed he was transitioned to oral pain management (OxyCodone and Tylenol) and this is when we expected the proverbial “bump in the road” in regards to his pain/comfort levels.

But by Wednesday (03/11) it was clear he no longer needed the Oxy, and he was completely weaned off it by Friday (03/13). He even stopped taking the Tylenol on Sunday (03/15).

Do you understand the marvel of this? Kohen’s less than two weeks removed from major surgery (leg amputated, a chunk of femur cut out, leg reattached with multiple screws inserted into his pelvis) and he’s been off all pain medication since Sunday.

Throughout this whole ordeal Kohen was spared any substantial pain. This is nothing short of miraculous.

Tomorrow Kohen begins the next phase of this ordeal: the commencement of more chemotherapy—eighteen more weeks of it to be exact. But today we won’t think about that. Instead we’ll pause to celebrate Kohen . . . the boy who brings us such joy, who is wise beyond his years, who has matured beyond his age, and who has endured more than many adults do in a lifetime.

Happy birthday, Kohen. We cherish you and love you to the moon and back, to the sun and back, and always and forever.

“Man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.”

– George Moore

9 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Kohen . . . Here’s Another Round of Chemo

  1. Marian and Bill Stockhausen

    Happy 6th birthday sweet Kohen. You are truly so loved and prayed for even by people you don’t know and have never met. God bless this journey you are on with continued strength. We here will continue to pray each day for you and your sweet loving family. Marian and Bill (new cousins)

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  2. Starla smith

    🎈🎈Happy Birthday sweet Kohen🎂🎈🎂🎈
    We love you so much and we are so glad that you are such a little trooper and doing so well
    With love😘 and hugs on your special day🎈🎈
    Uncle Herry and Suntie Starla

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  3. Aimee Carr

    Happy Birthday Kohen!!! Love The Carr’s
    Darren, Aimee, Jaxson, London and Bacon ❤️❤️

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  4. Kelly

    To my personal super hero……you have amazed and astounded all of us. You deserve a magical and special birthday. From Washington we send you tons of birthday love. Happy Birthday Kohen.

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