Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Blessed Be His Name

Yesterday at chemo was somewhat disappointing. I was down a pound in weight and the blood work showed an uptick in the bilirubin level. The week began with Susan's discovery of a bloody bile bag which is monitored at home. News of the bleed prompted Dr. Chen, on Tuesday, to contact Dr. Omdal, the doctor who originally placed the drain, to have a look, which he did today at Swedish. The problem proved to be a blood clot in the drain which Dr. Omdal replaced in a 45 minute procedure. I'm feeling fine today (Wednesday) thanks to a higher blood pressure that seems to be maintaining itself. I realize now that throughout this God is manifesting his comforting presence by giving while taking away at the same time. But blessed be His Name!



Anonymous said...

Praise God for your realization! It has moved me to ask, "Lord, what are you wanting me to see in this?" Bryan, you are a constant encouragement to me in the midst of your suffering. Yes, Blessed be His Name!!!

God Bless You,

Dina said...

Hi, Bryan, I was pleasantly surprised to see that you wrote the post--so glad for the higher blood pressure! I was just dealing with some "stuff" regarding my 14-year-old daughter, and as she just went to her room, I came to the computer to just...decompress or something, and checking your website was the first thing I thought to do, because of in spite of everything, (i.e.: the "facts" of the situation), I am always blessed, uplifted, encouraged, reminded of God's hand in all things, remembering to give thanks to Him for EVERYthing, good and bad, remembering just to trust Him and keep on trusting Him, for hope and for a it is with these hopeful/expectant feelings that I opened your blog to read, and again was blessed in the reading, and blessed to be reminded to pray for you yet again today. So glad that hopefully the faintness when you get up is being given a reprieve. Such a wonderful day (that the blood clot was found and the drain replaced.) Bless you today, Dina Allen

Nanci Smith said...

As I was just praying for you and your family again, the Lord brought this verse to mind:

2 Cor 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Though you are probably at the weakest you have ever been in body, according to this scripture, you are the strongest you have ever been in Christ. What a thought! It surely is true by all the comments people have been leaving on your blog that you have reached and blessed so many people.

May you all feel His loving arms around you.

Art Lutz said...

Dear Bryan,
Though we have never met I hope you will understand the connection that God can establish between people who have never seen one another. This is also somewhat the same connection I have with Susan, but at least we have had the pleasure of speaking on the phone.

Your and Susan's journey has taken you on what we can all agree is a horrendously bumpy road. I praise you and Susan for the way you have endured what would crush most folks. Thank you for demonstrating the strength that can only come from your deep faith in our Lord and Savior.

Art Lutz