Here’s the Plan, Man!

Ok…so here’s the plan for Daddy.  I know you’ve been wondering.

We met with Dr. Moore in Kokomo who will be his oncologist.  I like her.  And she loves Jesus!

Basically, he has two types of Lymphoma.  One is the Follicular B-Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma that they found in front of his ear.  It was the original lymphoma diagnosed.  It’s indolent, meaning that it is slow growing but it is also non-curable but also not really the “killing” kind.  Yes, one doctor actually called it that!  The other one, found in his left humerus is Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma.  It is aggressive.  And it’s stage 1.  This one actually came FROM some little very bad, no good, should be ashamed of themselves, rogue cells of the other one.

Daddy’s will look like this, except his “tail” will also be purple.

So…Today we met with Dr. Inder Seekri who will be putting in a portacath.  I like him.  And he loves Jesus!

Basically it’s a port for them to be able administer the chemo.  It will go under his skin and the plan now is that it will stay in for 2 years.  That will be inserted as an outpatient surgery on Monday the 22nd.  Then Tuesday the 23rd will be his first of 3 cycles of chemotherapy.  Each cycle lasts for 21 days.  So, he’ll have one on the 23rd of October, November 13th and December 4th.

We go in the morning for “chemo training” at the cancer center.  Then this Thursday he will have a nuclear medicine heart scan to make sure his heart will be able to handle the chemotherapy.

After the initial 3 cycles are finished, they will do another PET scan to see how the cancer reacted.  Then, decide from there what the next steps will be.  Either more chemo OR begin radiation.

That’s pretty much it for now.  I wanted to be able to give everyone a heads up.  If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment below.

We are so incredibly thankful for all of you who are praying and thinking about us all during this time!

The Peace of God…

It’s after 10pm where I am. 

As I sit here and think back on the day today I can say that, for the first time in several weeks, I can take a deep breath and it feels good.  All the anticipation of these past weeks and days has taken it’s physical toll on me…but knowing that there have been so many people (probably you), literally all over the world covering us and Daddy in prayer I think I will sleep well tonight! 

Daddy had his appointment with the oncologist this afternoon to receive the results from the PET scan done last Monday and the bone marrow biopsy that was done last Tuesday.  I wrote the following while waiting in the parking lot for the appointment.

     1:21pm.  I just pulled up in front of the Oncology Center.  I’m waiting on Mom and Daddy to get here. My heart is heavy, it hurts to take a deep breath.  The anticipation in my car is thick.  What will these next few moments hold?  God give me Your peace.  Calm my heart.  “We Fall Down” is playing on K-Love.  We lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus.  Right now, all that I am I give to You.  Help me to walk boldly in Your peace in these next moments.

Then Mom and Daddy pulled up in their little PT Cruiser convertible, with the top down.  They’re so cute!  🙂 

We went inside to wait.  Brian and Nancy LaDue showed up soon after we got there.  They weren’t there to be the first ones to find out what was going on.  They weren’t there to go meet with the doctor with us.  They were simply there to cover us in prayer while we were meeting with the doctor.  It was nice to have them there before because we waited for about 30 minutes.  Just chatting with them helped us to not dwell on all the what-if’s of the appointment.

Finally we were called back and they weighed Daddy.  Andrea (one of the oncology nurses who goes to our church) weighed him and he weighed 234.8 pounds.  He’s really packed on that weight in the past week!  Not really.  He had a little help from my foot! 

When Dr. Salter finally came into the room it was an hour and 5 minutes after the scheduled appointment time.  We had talked about how long it was taking, but were glad that we were waiting, because that meant, at least we think, that the Dr. was taking time with another family who needed answers also.  He doesn’t just rush in, in a hurry and quickly explain what’s going on and then leave to get to the next thing.  He takes his time. 

He told us that the blood tests all came back normal, except for Daddy’s lymphocytes which were a little low, which is “normal” at this stage of the game.  He told us that the bone marrow biopsy was NORMAL IN ALL RESPECTS.  The marrow is clean!  He then went on to tell us that the PET scan showed absolutely no abnormal lymph nodes anywhere in his whole body!  He did say that basically the PET scan shows areas where there are cells that are behaving in an abnormal/aggressive manner.  There are a couple of areas that he is somewhat concerned about, but they seem to be totally unrelated to the Lymphoma that was found in front of Daddy’s ear.  It was Follicular Lymphoma.  Which, he said, is one of the most benign acting lymphoma’s.  He did order one more test, no biggie, just a scope of Daddy’s stomach, and then he wants to see him again in a month to see how he’s doing, to see if there is any change, and to take some time to really go over all the tests and charts to see if these two other areas are anything to be overly concerned about.

So that’s what we know at this moment.  Praise the Lord!  Thank you for praying, thank you for being there for us, thank you for loving us.

Please know this…if you have any questions or anything at all, please ask.  I am so very grateful of each and every person who has come alongside me and my family these past weeks and lifted us up in prayer.  I really don’t even want to begin to think what it might be like to go through something like this without knowing the Love, Acceptance and Peace of God the Creator.  The One who loves us enough to send His Son for us.  

Also, please don’t stop praying.  There are still some unanswered questions, but today was a HUGE answer to prayer! 

 

 

Lowe’s Stop #1

I made my first official trip to Lowe’s yesterday for house stuff.  No, that does not mean that I’ve never been to Lowe’s before.  I just mean that it’s the first official trip for old house/new house stuff 🙂   I knew that getting the house ready to sell would be a big task, but I guess I didn’t realize HOW big of a task!  It all just seems a little overwhelming…being a full-time college student with homework, working, being a wife and mama, going thru Daddy’s appointments with him, packing and going thru absolutely everything, dreaming about the new house…

We decided to hire a painter to paint the walls going up the stairs and then down the hallway upstairs, but I (and by I, I mean myself and my mommy) am painting everything else that needs to be painted in order to get this house ready to sell…which includes all three bathrooms and maybe the kitchen.

Those of you who have been in my house in the past 10 years will remember the little yellow bathroom.  Well, it’s yellow no more.  The paper has been removed, the walls smoothed with new drywall in places.  And it’s primed.  It will look like a totally different little bathroom soon!  heck, it already looks soooo much better with just the white primed walls!  I really hope to have that bathroom finished tomorrow night.  Then I’ll post a before and after photo!

Anyway, here’s what I bought at Lowe’s yesterday.

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Kilz for the bathrooms…a new little angled paint brush for cutting in around trim and such…paint tray liners…paint roller covers…and a lovely little welcome mat for the front door for when this house is finally ready to show/sell.

My Daddy has the appointment tomorrow afternoon to get the results from the PET scan and the bone marrow biopsy that were done last week.  I’m totally praying that there is no Lymphoma, it was all a mistake!