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Friday, July 14, 2023

Update 7/14/23: Post Appointments

 Psalm 145:5-7 “On the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of Your awesome deeds, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.”

I wanted to give everyone an update on our appointments today. We arrived at the hospital at 7:30. Wayne started by getting a blood draw, which was a rough way to start since he didn’t have a great phlebotomist and had to be poked twice. From there he went for his MRI. The MRI took forever. 

After the MRI, we headed upstairs to visit his oncologist. Dr. Raizer told us that the MRI looked worse, which isn’t totally unusual given he had radiation. Since Wayne is slowly feeling a little stronger, he said that was a positive that warranted trying the chemo. Wayne will be on a cycle of temador. He will do 5 days off chemo followed by 23 days off. He will do this cycle 2 times and then come for a follow up MRI (about 8 weeks from now). 

During the appointment, Wayne told the doctor about pain in his chest when he lays down and how it’s painful to take a deep breath. So, the doctor needed to rule out blood clots and a pulmonary embolism. That meant that our day at the hospital was extended. Thankfully, after a bunch of tests, everything came back negative. The doctor also looked at Wayne’s bump and determined that he must have lifted something heavy and strained (ummm…lifting a 70” tv with Shan). It probably caused the skull fusing from surgery to open a little and leak some fluid. He said we only need to be worried if it grows and then we need to go immediately to the ER.

Wayne was supposed to meet some previous co-workers for lunch at 11:30, which was postponed due to Wayne’s appointments. He has some amazing friends. They brought lunch to him at the hospital so he could eat in between appointments. Thank you Zack and Pat for always encouraging Wayne and being there for him!

Needless to say, today was a long day. We were at the hospital for 8.5 hours! We decided to stay in Chicago tonight and drive home fresh in the morning. The plan is to stop along the way and pick some fresh blueberries, which are one of my favorite fruits! 

Sophia update: she’s on the mountain top practicing real life application of what they’ve learned in the classroom. Here is a picture of the field medic team! Such an amazing opportunity for her. I’m just not looking forward to stinky laundry coming home!

Thank you again for all your prayers and petitions on our behalf. For now, God has graciously given us another two months to breathe freely until the next scan. As Wayne says, God has this!🩷

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