My dear friends and family,
Thank you for the kinds emails and texts today in anticipation for this morning’s appointment. One thing is for sure…we certainly don’t feel alone in this journey!
Dad had a good night last night and seems to be eating us out of house and home! He is enjoying many of his favorite foods without having to pay attention to calories. (this is a foreign concept for our family) He says what he is in the mood to eat and we make it happen!
We were pleased that some of his levels have come down since last week. I would say we were all disappointed when the dr. said that we needed to wait another week before we consider more chemo. This just continues to be part of the roller coaster. Even with all of the food he is eating he lost another pound. We thought that if his color was good and his levels were right then we could get back to fighting this thing. That is not the case at this time. If nothing changes we will go back to the clinic a week from today to see the dr. again and discuss resuming a lower level of chemo.
On a happier note, Dad did receive 2 hours of iv today. One hour into it he opened his eyes and said “Is there a Burger King around here?” He finished off the entire whopper and lots (and lots) of french fries. We got a good laugh out of that one!
Home health is coming tomorrow to teach my Mom and I about giving him his fluids at home. I know it will be easier for him to get these fluids daily without leaving the house. I am also hopeful that getting the needed fluids daily (verses a few days per week)  will help the overall picture of his energy level.
I have never been a huge fan of roller coasters.  I can ride one and enjoy it for a while but, I don’t usually seek them out or jump to the front of the line. I like organized, predictable, and methodic. (yes, I know that there are some of you that just said “like,duh?!?! and laughed out loud.) Roller coasters are not. Cancer is not. I sure am out of my comfort zone with this one. There is no way to plan or prepare. It is impossible to be proactive or preventive. Maybe this is just where God needs me to be to make sure I don’t charge ahead. Maybe I just have to be in a place where all I can do is pray, wait, and love.  Then…I find this little nugget in Proverbs 3.
 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
   don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
   he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
I sure do love the Lord! That makes me smile.
Hugs to each of you and thanks for your prayers,
Mary Anne

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