Number tricks.

Wednesday night.  I admit, I have a “thing” about numbers….. yesterday was 3/22/11 (smile).  Maybe I’m just easily entertained.  Today my cousin sent me an e-mail with some interesting number facts:  this year, 2011, includes several cool dates:  1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, and 11/11/11.  Here’s another one:  for those of us who were born before the year 2000, take the age you will be this year, add that to the last two digits of the year you were born, and the answer is 111!  (It adds up to eleven for those born after 2000.)  Thanks to Peggy for this entertaining info!

Today is day three of Rob’s fifth round of chemo.  He and I made our way back down to the NYU Cancer Clinic on Monday morning.  The last time he had treatment on the sixth floor was Feb. 10 — it was quite heartwarming to hear the many “welcome back!”s and “good to see you!”s that Rob received.  This go-round is the same chemo as what he received during Rounds 1 & 2, and…. oh, yeah, now I remember…. I had forgotten the loopy-side-effects.  But, they are back.  He is again receiving this treatment as an outpatient, taking home a pack containing the bag of chemo which is infused 24/7 through tubing which connects into his medi-port.  This will go on for a total of sixteen days, and then he’ll have about a week off before the next round starts up.  At this point, Rob is scheduled to have three more rounds.  He was hoping for only two, but then he was told that the treatment used to last for two years, so I suppose that puts it into perspective — three, it is!

Hydration is a large part of chemo treatment.  Rob took today off from going down to the clinic, but we’ll probably go back tomorrow, and for sure, on Friday.  He gets extra hydration through the port when he goes in, as well as getting his blood drawn to monitor the blood counts.  Yesterday after his three-hour hydration, Rob had an appointment at NYU’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.  We’ll go back again on Friday afternoon.  This should be a great resource on his path to recovery.

I am still thinking of all the this-day, one-year-ago happenings, yet am mindful that it’s important to keep moving forward.  As if I need help, Rob’s treatments and appointments keep me tethered to the present.  And, I know that God is the author and giver of life, the One in control — thankfully, I can let go of the reins and trust in Him.

In closing, here’s a beautiful and meaningful prayer from yesterday’s daily Lenten Devotional from Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church:

God of heaven and earth, we ask you to forgive us for being so weak as to not remember that you will never leave us or forsake us when things in our life are not going the way we like. You teach us to wait, a word we hate to hear, because we are so used to instant gratification. But you show us over and over that you are in control. You even feed the birds in the street with leftovers from the homeless. How much more will you keep us? We thank you for all you do for us, and for teaching us to wait. Amen.

Joe Vedella, Manager of Homeless Ministries

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