Tuesday night. Whew — it has been a rather rough day, chemo-wise. Rob’s body is not happy with him for allowing the chemo to be administered again! He and I were planning to go into the cancer center early. Today he was scheduled for blood work, more hydration, and then the other chemo infusion (Adriamycin). But, he was wracked with so much nausea that he was not able to hop out of bed and get out of the apartment. Finally, after taking several anti-nausea meds over a period of time, he was able to get going and we left, caught a taxi right away (praise) — and, voila! We successfully arrived on the 6th floor. However, it was slammed with a room-full of waiting folks, and we were informed that there would be a long wait-time. I looked straight at the reception gal and firmly stated that Rob was not feeling well and he really couldn’t wait…. To her credit, she said she’d let the nurses know. Very quickly, Sarah came out and escorted Rob back to a cubicle and started him on some IVs. Yeah for Sarah!!! She’s right on top of things and doesn’t miss a beat! I have the feeling that Adrienne might have called ahead and paved the way.
Dr. Rosen and Adrienne spent time with Rob today, observing and talking with him, looking at his leg, etc. What great assurance we have that we are in the right place with the right doctor.
Jim, Rob, and I have received so many messages of loving support from family and friends — all of which serve as reminders that we are not out-of-sight and out-of-mind here in NY. Sometimes, I admit, I do feel a bit “alone.” The truth is, we may not be surrounded physically by familiar loving faces, but support is welcomed and wonderful in any form it may come. I also draw strength from God’s promise to never forsake us. He hasn’t led us thus far to drop us now. He will continue to lead us, carry us, and guide our steps. I trust in Him. If faith is a gift (and we know it is), then trust must be the outcome of that faith.
Ephesians 2:8: God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
Perhaps this practical example holds up: getting on an elevator — we have faith before we step on it that it will take us where we need to go. Once those doors close and we push the numbered button, we trust — we have put all our eggs into one basket, trusting that the cables will be strong enough to take the elevator up or down, just where we need to go. So, as I put my faith in the One who is all-powerful and all-knowing, I also trust Him to lead us along the journey.
Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…. for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
It’s important to remember that God will never forsake us here in NY. It’s also imperative to keep in mind that God will not allow Rob to slip through the cracks, far away from His concern and loving care. He loves Rob with an everlasting and more powerful love than we can even imagine — that fact alone gives me, as his mother, an incredible sense of security.