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Wed. 12/10/03 - Christmas

Wednesday, 12/10/03
Yesterday Les had a clinic visit that was supposed to be just a blood test and his outpatient chemo dose of vincristine, however, his hemoglobin counts were down, so we stayed for a blood transfusion. There were no complications and today he’s up and around just like normal. The last couple days I could tell his counts were dropping because his energy level was low and his “crankiness factor” was high. I’m learning to read the signs.

I’m sorry I haven’t updated in a few weeks. Our Thanksgiving weekend was great! Les had energy and was playing with the cousins at grandma’s house – oh, and he had high blood counts, so I wasn’t as worried about germs that day. The rest of the weekend was spent catching up on household projects and chores. The last couple weeks have been pretty good also. Last week Les and I were inpatient at the hospital to start his next round of chemo. Except for not getting much sleep, everything went fairly well. He did much better at home this time and didn’t need any pain meds. – PRAISE GOD!!! It seems like he really isn’t experiencing any of the same yucky side effects as last time. I count this as an answer to prayer. Thanks for all your contributions in that department.

On a different note, we’ve been approached twice in the last week and a half from two different friends who have had a possible cancer strike their family. I say possible, because they are still in the diagnosis process. Please pray with us that it is NOT cancer and that the tumors can be removed. I must admit that I have felt inadequate in my responses to them. I know that I’ve been down the road before them, but I still feel like there are so many things out there that I don’t have a grip on yet. Please pray with us that our family can be used to bless these other families – even in our inadequacies.

I look at the calendar and see Christmas approaching rapidly. I believe I will probably wait until after the New Year to write another update – unless something important comes up. FYI: Les and I are scheduled to be inpatient again at the end of the month. We will more than likely spend New Year’s Eve in the hospital.

I pray that each of you has a blessed Christmas. May you always remember the real reason for the season is to celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. Without this one act of God, I don’t know if I could sit here and be at peace today.