Wednesday, June 13, 2012

11:00 Wednesday

Busy morning here.  PT was in to help evaluate how Dennis was doing regarding balance and walking.  He did well with the evaluation.  There are some areas they will help him with to get his response time a little quicker but overall he did very well.  The main surgeon (this is a teaching hospital so you see lots of doctors) was also in a little while ago.  He said if PT was ok with him going home, he was as well. If everyone agrees we should be able to go home tomorrow so that gives us time to send the spaniels for a doggy care to Mom's for awhile.  They tend to be active and noisy and neither of those things will help Dennis rest well.  We also have an OT review to do before we are cleared to go home.

The doctor also told us that the MRI report looks like the tumor is all gone.  We will most likely be gone before the pathology report comes so we will get that when we see the doctor to have the stitches removed in a few weeks.  Dr. Hanna told us that there will be follow-up treatment in order to get any remaining cells.  If that treatment is radiation only or also chemotherapy will depend upon the grade of the tumor.

I continue to be amazed at the peace God is giving us.  We are experiencing the results of your prayers on our behalf.  Last night I was reading a book our pastor wrote, "God in the Storm" and he says in there to, "Allow your brother's and sister's in Christ to share the burden that will crush you if you try to bare in alone."  Thank you for helping us bear this shock and burden over the last few days.  We know we are not in this alone but have many friends helping us walk along this road.

Today I have been thinking about 2 Corinthians 4.  I'll be honest and say, this is tough.  It is not a road we would have chosen but this passage ends in how I feel about all of this: "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

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