Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday Evening

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!


Luke's Mom said...

You stay in my prayers daily. Praying that you will get some much needed good news tomorrow at his appointment.

Love in Christ,

Joan said...

Susan - You all are precious to us. Praying for you today. Thanks for keeping us updated.

Anonymous said...

Praying for an extraordinary, encouraging day today.
much love,
Carolyn, for the Youngs

Nanci Smith said...

Isaiah 41: 13 was brought to mind as I was praying for you.

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Victoria said...

Sending prayers and love for your family.

Mrs. Theresa Frees said...

Galatians 6:2
Carry each other's burdens, and in this
way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
I know I’ve taken this out of context (it’s as close I could find) But…
Is it not true- that when we love deeply- when we think upon and consider much greater then our own, another’s plight- when we pray for and hurt for and seek Gods truest will for…on behalf of our friends--- His beloved,
When we put their needs and their condition in front of our own in our petitions of prayer, when indeed we ‘carry each other’s burdens’ to the thrown of glory and mercy,
Is it not true that at this time we are beautiful creatures, in many ways true reflections of our blessed Christ, selfless as He was selfless…
We are finely worthy of the verse…Even angels long to look into these things. 1 Peter 1:12… and does this not only come from the Holy Spirit sent as our precious Lord promised?
!!! Soli Deo Gloria !!!
I love you so dearly my friend, my sister in Christ, and your children and our sweet Pastor for your willingness to let us all share in your life, for your openness, for your
'Journey Through Suffering'
And for it's prompting of so many to LOVE, selflessly…
Unto our great and worthy Lord, honor for ever and ever.
May peace be thine tonight (as it is called tonight)... resting in the love that so encompasses you.
In prayer,
The Frees Family