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!