Good News and Bad News

Crosses-Gold-and-SilverLori and I had a trying time at CTCA this week. After I had my CT/PET Scan on Wednesday I had a little physical therapy and the day was done. Lori and  I were praying for good news and spent the night relaxing in our room after supper.

Thursday morning came early with pain in my left arm. I was in excruciating pain. Lori and I spent the early portion of the morning waiting on Quality of Life to get in. If you look back a couple of post you will find Dr. Castro. Once again she came to the rescue. She provided a couple of shot and talked about rearranging my meds to make my medical regimen easy and more effective. I am ALL for easier and more effective. She helped me all day to help keep pain at bay so that I could make my schedule and stay on point.

During the day we met with Dr. Randolph to find out the result of the CT/PET Scan. Dr. R came in and said, “I have some good news and some bad news, which do you want first.” I said let’s get the bad news out of the way. The bad news is that I am probably going to have another surgery. It appears that my thoracic duct is leaking lymph fluid into the upper portion of my chest. It is causing the defect in my neck to leak profusely and really needs to be closed up. This has come at a bad time. Let’s talk about the good news.

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Here’s the good news. Our chemo recipe is a good one. The cancer is being pushed backed. We have our foot on the head of the snake. Each of the lymph nodes have shrunk and are not near as bright as they were on the last PT/CET Scan. We look like if we could keep pushing the lymph nodes would disappear completely. However, we have to stop to make time for this surgery, which can give the cancer time to regain it’s footing.

So that’s where we are at. God has provided a true blessing in the fact that the cancer is going away and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. God has also provided what we see right now as an obstacle. It will be a point of praise before it is all over. We will see this obstacle through in obedience with God’s will.

We also saw Linda U. Her son Jonathan also got good news this week. As of right now, his cancer has stopped growing and that is a great praise.

God bless all of you. Thank you for the continued prayers. Please keep us in your prayers as we still have many obstacles to overcome to see God’s glory.

In God’s Love,

Alan

Good Morning Sunshine

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Good morning sunshine!!

This morning has been quite a God thing. I have had energy like I haven’t had in months. Arm doesn’t hurt (jut tingles). And I got up and jumped on a to-do-list that must be 6 months old if it’s a day.

I hope this God thing becomes a regular thing. I may end up paying for this later but I am going to enjoy every second of it.

Let me give you a run down on this week at CTCA. Dr. Castro, who is with “Quality of Life”, was my hero this week. My arm was hurting so bad and she came to my rescue during infusion and gave me morphine to stop the pain immediately and she changed my meds to a type that works on the nerve to stop nerve pain instead just covering up the general pain. This nerve pain med takes 4 or 5 days – 3 doses per day to build up in my system to take effect. But this morning (only after 2 doses) I have no pain. That is why I call today a God thing. Other than that, the time at CTCA was lighter and smoother than we have had in a long time. After lab draws, meeting with our PA to set up chemo, scheduling for the following week, and infusion we were out of there.

We did not run into Linda and Jonathan, even though we communicated on Facebook while we were there and looked everywhere to see if we could see them. Pray for Jonathan as he is on a 5x a week chemo regimen. I can’t imagine how that has to effect him.

Please continue to Pray for Gene. The last we heard, his first chemo injection was supposed to be today.

Connie an Doug I. still need our prayers. We have not been able to reach them for Doug’s exact status but God knows exactly what he needs.

There are other prayer request on the “Prayer Request” page so browse those as you have a chance.

God is so good to us and I love to be able to share what he is doing in my life. Today I feel well enough to go with Lori to pick up the kids from school for the second time, which is a milestone. This is usually way out of my capabilities.

Love all of you guys! I hope you are having a good day, too.

Sincerely,

Alan