Tuesday night. We are hanging in there, by a thread…. NO — I’m just kidding! We are doing fine. Rob is in the midst of his first round of chemo “post surgery.” He is on day eight — and he may only be able to go two more days instead of the 16 day course since his white cell count is dropping like a rock. Even so, he’ll make enough chemo-progress on ten days, according to Dr. Rosen. We saw Adrienne and Dr. Rosen today while we were at NYU Cancer Clinic — Rob was having hydration, anti-nausea meds, & bicarbonate via IV, as well as a new bag of chemo started, which he’ll wear in his pack (attached and running, 24/7). If his blood counts make it impossible to continue, on Thursday he’ll be disconnected. Then, there will be about eleven days for him to recover before the next round starts…..
What is it about returning to a previous schedule? Is it that we’ve established a groove and it becomes comfortable?
We were able to visit with several of our NY friends today — “our friends” refers mainly to the medical staff at NYU’s Clinical Cancer Center and a few other patients whom we have met there. For example, we’ve met a very nice gal who has come here from Istanbul, Turkey. She and her mother traveled to NY to have a consultation with Dr. Rosen, like we did, and decided to stay in NY for treatment, like we did — kinda makes our treks from GA & TX seem minor in comparison! One thing I know — and it was learned anew while living overseas — new friends can be true blessings!
We’re watching the Baylor women get crunched by the A&M women’s basketball team. It’s frustrating: Baylor has won the past five match-ups. Oh, goodness — not a fun game to watch if you are a Baylor Bear fan.
I sense that Rob is getting mentally ready to be back in his groove, back in Atlanta. It’s hard to endure these final chemo rounds, but it’s important to keep going, to not give up before crossing the goal line, to quote Jim’s football analogy. There is a whole new world yet to learn: the world of prosthetics. Soon. Very soon.
James 5:10-11 (The Message) Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God. What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.