Friday night. Happy New Year! Year of the Rabbit starts on 2/3/2011. 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which is also known by its formal name of Xin Mao.
Today has been such a cold day here in NY, but I am certain that I have no sympathy from most of you who are reading this — it’s cold everywhere! Plano is not only cold, but it’s been snowing on top of the already frozen layer that was on the ground — bad conditions for Dallas as the folks there are about to host the Super Bowl. According to the weather report on my iPhone, right now it is 33 in NYC, and 23 in Plano, TX. Crazy weather!
Today has been a full day. This morning: Jim, Rob, and I went to NYUCC for Rob’s blood work to be done. Let’s see if I can explain this: Rob has had four rounds of chemo. The first two rounds were of the same medicine, and the last two rounds were the same, but were different medicines than what was used during the first two rounds. Rounds 3 & 4 involved a combination of two different chemo meds. Is that confusing enough? Anyway, at this point after Round 3, Rob had landed in the hospital with a fever and very low blood counts — he had to receive blood transfusions, twice. This time around, he’s still at home, no fever, so that’s good. But…. today’s blood draw results showed that his platelets were way too low, so he needed to receive a platelet transfusion which was promptly arranged for late this afternoon, thanks to Dr. Rosen and Adrienne who just make things happen! In between the blood draw and the platelet transfusion, we traveled to Brooklyn to meet with another orthopedic oncologist for a consultation. It’s been absolutely invaluable to meet with these extremely well-qualified surgeons who have taken a look into the details of Rob’s situation and given us their best thoughts regarding it. We took the train back to Manhattan from Brooklyn, arriving in time for Rob’s afternoon procedure, and then returned to our warm apartment. Jim and I then walked over to the neighborhood meat market for a roasted chicken for dinner. As we left the building, there they were again — filming another episode of Gossip Girl right at our back door!
This weekend will most likely be spent with Rob getting his balances back in check, Jim regrouping from a busy work week, and I hope to catch up with our piled-up laundry. Oh, yes, it’s also Super Bowl weekend. : )
Busy days like today keep us focused on the business of Rob’s efforts to beat his cancer, without much time to think of anything else save what we must do next. But, I admit, there are moments that sneak up on me, moments when I almost have to remind myself that this is really happening, and it’s not just some long and strange dream that seems to go on forever. Have you ever woken up from a dream that feels like it is so real that you have to remind yourself that it isn’t? Well, this is in reverse.
Keeping in mind that there are so many prayer needs out there, we stay humbled by the fact that there are so many people who are diligently praying for Rob! I try to stay mindful of our family members and many friends who are also in need of prayer, lifting them up to our Lord. It puts perspective on everything, knowing that we are all in the same boat — in need of prayer!
Excerpts from Psalm 86: 1 Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you…. You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long….. I put my trust in you. 5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. 6 Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. 7 When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me. 10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds…. you alone are God…. 12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. 13 For great is your love toward me.