Saturday night. Jim and I have been back in Texas for 13 days now…. and it’s been very hot! We have witnessed the end of the consecutive-days-over-100-degrees which occurred on Thursday. If it had held up through today, I think we would have either tied or broken the record set in 1980. Oh, well! Suffice it to say, it’s been very hot in Dallas, TX!
The most important news I have is this: Rob had his first follow-up scan on Monday, and the results came back clear! Thank you, Lord! When sarcoma spreads, it tends to show up first in the lungs. His last scan, done in May, showed a small spot in his lungs which Dr. Rosen felt was not anything more than blood vessels converging, but he said that the next scan would clarify it. Thankfully, the news was good! Rob will continue to have scans every three months for the time being.
Scout (our yellow Lab) continues to shed her coat like there’s no tomorrow. She seems to have some sort of skin allergy to the ocean. Last summer she did this after spending several weeks at the beach, and it started again this year when she came with us to the beach in July. She loves riding on the boat, running on the beach, jumping over the waves, swimming, etc. But, her skin seems to have rebelled — she sheds and sheds and sheds, as well as getting crazily itchy. The vet in NC said that this is not all that uncommon. After three weeks of pills the shedding seemed to slow down a bit, but now it has returned. It’s amazing that she has any fur left, and it’s wonderful that someone invented the Swiffer.
This past week has included several doctor appointments — we’re playing catch-up since we’ve kind of ignored our own health issues over the past year or so. I’ve posted all sorts of reminder notes on the refrigerator to make sure that the various appointments don’t get all muddled up! And, speaking of things getting muddled up, today even Jim admitted that he’s having trouble remembering where everything is in our kitchen — it made me feel better about my own confusion! I guess we are such creatures of habit that when we go this long without reinforcement, habits are broken…. so, just where is that can opener?
It’s been heart-warming to get together with friends upon our return. I’ve discovered that life continued to move forward in our absence, just as it should have. While we were away, a few folks kept us “in the loop” with details about what was going on, while others probably considered that we were far too busy in NY with cancer treatment to care about what was happening back at home. This is what I’d like to address. Hoping to NOT hurt any feelings, let me just say: they couldn’t be more wrong. It’s one thing to be out of town, basically on another planet, dealing with cancer, chemo, radiation, hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, etc. But it’s another thing altogether to feel out of touch. It was actually helpful during those “outer space days” to be reminded of the everyday details of normal life. I loved knowing that things were going along status-quo for my family and friends. Somehow it helped to know that the earth was still spinning on its axis just as it always has — somewhere in the world! So, I hope to remember in the future, when folks I care about will inevitably go through difficult days, that in letting them know that, say, the power went out for over 12 hours, or some other non-essential tidbit of news, it might help them to feel more included and not-so-far-removed from their life as they knew it to be.
Re-entry is defined as “the action or process of re-entering something” (like your country of origin) OR “the return of a spacecraft or missile into the earth’s atmosphere.” We have re-entered, and it feels more like the second definition!
Isaiah 40:26-31 Look at the night skies: who do you think made all this? Who marches this army of stars out each night, counts them off, calls each by name — so magnificent! so powerful! — and never overlooks a single one? Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles. They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.