These are things I saw today:
He has trouble with the salt shaker and difficulty walking and appears to be alone
She is in a wheelchair as he walks by her side
he has a brain tumor and his wife [a survivor of liver cancer herself says he talks nonstop to relieve his anxiety]
They have to drive an hour and a half each way everyday to come to their 15 minute appointment in the radiation department
He has another tumor in a different part of his brain after he thought had beaten it last year with surgery and radiation and chemo, he is back doing radiation again for 5 more weeks
They are 9 hours from home.
I felt compassion for each situation and I prayed for each one. They keep their defenses up pretty securely though they almost all admit God is good, one thinks that God really isn't interested in all the details. Several listen as we share that we think God is interested and involved in every nuance of our lives.
There are times when we feel very vulnerable but there are other times, like these, when we rest in the confidence of God's right hand. "Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands [Is 49:16a]
I choose to be thankful...
For the jitney driver, who, though the shuttle was full got us a cab which the hotel paid for this morning
That though they were very late getting to Gene's treatment today we still made the return jitney ride on time and thus didn't have to wait another hour in the hospital waiting area.
The hotel has a detergent dispenser, a washer and dryer that all work and that it only cost $3 to do a complete load of laundry
We found a visitation room for hospital patients only, to give us a little variety in our view today.
It has a stair stepper, a TV and VCR player, a microwave as well as being more spacious than our room. Some tables for card games and a computer.
Things are getting a little more familiar to us.
and that is just the thankfuls for today.
Prayer requests ....that the side effects of one anti-nausea drug would be relieved
..... That we would be able to connect with Dr Sharfman about the chemotherapy
......[a selfish one] that we would figure out the VCR so we could watch a movie of our choosing without commercials!