Tuesday was a day of mixed news. Mr. Pat had another MRI last Thursday, and Tuesday was the day for consultations with his neurosurgeon and two oncologists. His neurosurgeon showed us the scans from last week and from two months ago. Stable! No new growth! He seemed very pleased with Mr. Pat's activities and abilities and offered some tips for the sleeping and not sleeping. Good news.
From there, we went to the cancer center. Labs first, then consults. The not so good news is that all of Pat's numbers are down ... to be expected after chemo ... but his platelets are too low to continue the chemo at this time. He was to start his next cycle Tuesday night. Not a problem, they said. They would check again next week, and if all is good he could start then.
But wait! He will be gone next week to see the grandkids. That means this cycle will be delayed two weeks. Darn it. That changes this planner’s calendar … and extends treatment into October. Oh, well. It probably won’t be the only change in the next six months.
On the bright side, Pat will probably feel better while he's on vacation than if he was just coming off of chemo. I am glad the grandkids will be able to spend some good time with their grandpa.
I found it interesting that last Monday we were reminded during Bible study of The Prayer of Saint Patrick. Just before St. Patrick’s Day, which is also Mr. Pat’s birthday. So glad, Lord, your timing is perfect.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.
Loving God, thanks for the reminder that in this moment … in each moment … by the Spirit, Christ is with us here. Amen.(TFWS #2266)
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat
Pastor Pat Norris
Something to Ponder is by Pastor Pat and is printed on the back of the bulletin each week.