Tuesday morning. It has been a week since I last wrote — not due to the fact that there is not much going on — there just has been precious little down time. I even squeezed in a mammogram yesterday while we were at the Cancer Center (no pun intended – ha!). A quick recap: last Wednesday, Rob went for another fitting for his prosthesis with Ryan, who is very dedicated to getting Rob up and walking asap. He mentioned “rock star status” — so that is the high bar that is being set…! Then, on Thursday at the NYU Cancer Center, Rob’s blood draw came back with the news that his platelet counts were still too low to start chemo. ”Wait until next week.” So, we went yesterday for yet another blood draw which showed that the platelet count, while rising slowly, isn’t yet back to normal status. The words “can’t keep kicking a dead horse” were tossed around, and Dr. Rosen’s final assessment was that he feels comfortable stopping the chemo. The surgery successfully removed the tumor with good margins. Rob was able to endure one post-surgical chemo round, but even that had to be stopped a bit short. Dr. Rosen mentioned the danger of throwing a patient into chemo-induced leukemia, which hasn’t happened but is one of those fences that we don’t want to cross. Now Rob will get a final CT scan and concentrate on his prosthesis and getting proficient enough to be independent. He’s quite driven to get going with this stage of the game, so if Rob could speed up time right now, he would! I guess the closer he gets to the finish line after working so hard to get there, it’s hard to be patient. We went back yesterday to see Ryan, who is working like none other to get Rob’s leg to work for him. It takes many visits to get things just right.
Easter Sunday was a beautiful weather day here in NY — thank the Lord! We went to church, getting there early so all five of us could easily get seated together. So many women were wearing quite attractive Easter hats. Had I been on top of things, I might have been searching for a hat to wear on Sunday. Oh, well — another shopping opportunity not realized! Scott Black Johnston was in grand style with his excellent and enlightening sermon. At the end of the service we all sang “Christ the Lord is risen today…. Alleluia!” — such a wonderful hymn. Afterwards, we walked along Fifth Avenue, which had been closed off to allow only pedestrian traffic. People were mingling along, many wearing quite inventive “Easter bonnets.” The atmosphere was rather like a parade with folks posing for pictures in their fancy hats.
Last night Lee Anne, Jim, and I went to eat Greek food at one of our repeat favorite spots, Pylos, on 7th Ave. While there we met a nice couple (well, they were not a “couple” couple, just two good friends having a good meal together) and we had great fun visiting with them. It was one of those evenings where you are sitting at a table that is only inches from the next table, so you almost have to speak or else you put up a crazy invisible wall, pretending that if you move a muscle, you won’t be knocking into them. Anyway, from them we learned of a milliner’s shop that is just down the street from the restaurant. Had I only known, what a marvelous hat I could have donned on Easter Sunday!
I continue to praise and thank God for his graciousness and loving provision for us. It’s truly overwhelming. I hope to always remember, and to encourage others, to look for and thank God for His amazing blessings! Is every day easy? Of course it’s not. But, God has provided for us to walk through these days with a minimum of strife, and that is no small miracle…
From Psalm 103
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5 Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.