Tuesday morning. It’s a cloudy day today. Yesterday, a sunny day, was nonetheless a day of ups and downs. First of all, Rob’s blood work results revealed that his platelet count is still too low for him to start back on chemo. He must continue to wait. We’ll go back on Thursday for more blood work and more discussions, etc. After Rob’s neck massage (yes, he definitely likes to be put on the massage list every time we go in for his treatment on the 6th floor!), we left for the prosthetist’s office. It’s about five blocks away, and since it wasn’t very far and the weather was rather nice, we walked there, stopping on the way at a Mexican restaurant. We sat outside on their patio and ate a quick bite of lunch. Once we arrived at NEOPS (prosthetics place), Rob was actually put into a preliminary fit for the socket of his new leg. It’s very importance for the fit to be just right — not only for comfort, which, of course, matters greatly, but also for operational reasons. The fit must be tight and secure. Rob walked a bit — definitely with the assistance of those arm crutches. Once the fit is perfected, which could take several sessions, then he’ll learn how to master walking on his new leg. It’s all very exciting!
So, the down of the blood work results was followed by the up of getting up on his new leg. Rather like a see-saw or a roller coaster. I have to say I’ve always loved roller coasters. It’s safe to say that all my kids do, too, as well as Jim. The best one to date was the Thunder Dolphin in Tokyo. Jim and I waited in a long, long line (like a 45-60 minute wait time) for the opportunity to be Thunder Dolphin passengers. As we waited, we noticed that we were surrounded by teenagers and 20-somethings who were stealing sideways glances towards those strange, and old, guijins (foreigners) in line with them. But, when our turn finally arrived to load into the Dolphin, it didn’t matter who or why — it was exhilarating, amazing, and went by like a flash! So much fun! The temptation to jump back in line again was great but we chose to walk away, hoping for another chance, another day. Sure enough, when Rob and Lee Anne were in Tokyo a few months later, we made our way back over there, stood in the long line yet again, and shot through the air on that dolphin like there was no tomorrow!
Ashley will arrive today. I’m sure Rob is looking forward to her visit, as we all are. His not-being-on-chemo has a silver lining, for sure — he’ll feel much better during her visit.
I continue to work on my dad’s estate, and so my roller coaster continues. Tears come and go, but mainly I’m thankful — thankful for the loving family that I had as a child, thankful for the loving family that I have as an adult. There are always silver linings, if we choose to look for them.
Isaiah 30:18 (Amplified Bible): And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!