Bryan did not preach Sunday. He and I stayed home so he could rest following, what appeared to us, a large blood loss through his bile drain early Sunday morning. He ran a fever last night and this morning so we called the biliary doctor to see what's next. We made a quick trip to Swedish Hospital in Seattle where we waited over an hour to see a doctor for 10 minutes! He said everything was fine with the "plumbing" and offered no explanation of the blood loss, fever and the increasing yellowness of Bryan's skin. I am frustrated and yet thankful. It seems most of the doctors do not appreciate my line of questioning, that's my frustration, I want answers. We came home from Swedish without an overnight stay, that is my thanksgiving.
Tomorrow we see Dr. Chen and possibly receive a chemotherapy infusion. I say possibly because Bryan's color and fatigue indicate to me his blood counts will be too low and bilirubin too high to receive chemo. We are praying for a more encouraging day than last week. We were informed two of our acquaintances passed away last week. That is really tough to deal with because the other patients are part of the team. We all support and encourage one another.
Vivian was a fellow colon cancer patient with a deep love of the Lord. The last time we saw her she was so vibrant and alive and we prayed together and she strongly exhorted Bryan to hang in there with God. It was most definitely shocking news because she was so much healthier than Bryan. This shows man does not know the day or hour, but God has an appointed time for each of us to be born and to die.
Thanking God for the miracle of each day of life He gives to Bryan!! Thanking Him for the blessing each one of you are to us in walking this road with us. God bless and good-night!