Harder Family

Harder Family

Monday, August 7, 2023

Update 8/7/23: Back to Reality

Psalm 144:3-4 "O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow." 

Day 10: We spent most of the day relaxing by the pool. I read four books during our trip away, which was very enjoyable. The resort had beautiful pools, hot tubs, and a great sauna. I made sure to enjoy each one multiple times. That evening for dinner, we went to the Von Trapp Lodge. Sound of Music was one of my favorite childhood movies. When my sister told me that the family had settled in Stowe, Vermont after fleeing Austria, I knew I had to go there. Their estate was beautiful!! The views from our table and the mountains around us were unbelievable. 

Views from our resort.

Von Trapp Estate

Day 11: We started our last day in Vermont out at the Butlers Pantry for breakfast. I had read that they had the most amazing breakfasts and delicious freshly squeezed orange juice. So, our meal out for the day was breakfast. It was as good as people described. After breakfast, we enjoyed a slow two mile walk. I wanted to push Wayne in the wheelchair so that we could go further on the path, but he wanted to do it on his own. The two mile walk wore him out. By the time we got back to the hotel, Wayne was very tired. He enjoyed a nap while I went back to the pool and read. We spent the evening packing and then enjoyed one last movie.

Wayne asked for his syrup to be warmed, which gave us away as outsiders. I guess people in Vermont do not heat up their syrup. 

Day 12: This was a long day driving home. We drove from Stowe, Vermont to Medina, Ohio, which was about a 12 hour day. We split a Chipotle burrito for dinner and then fell asleep from our exhaustion. 

Day 13: Our trip was over after driving home from Ohio. It was wonderful to see the kids, but hard because we knew we were back to reality.

Back to Reality: We jumped right back into our crazy lives - taking kids to work, starting school, and doctor appointments. Wayne had to get his blood drawn today because they need his levels before he starts his next round of chemo on Saturday night. After that, we met with his neuro-surgeon via Telehealth to discuss his MRI from July. He mentioned the same concerning results our neuro-oncologist discussed with us. They see things going on in Wayne's MRI. They have mentioned radiation damage for sure, but possible tumor progression as well. He agreed with the oncologist to give the chemo a chance and rescan every two months. They want to keep a close eye eye on him. The doctor was also concerned that Wayne is experiencing more weakness now than he did after surgery. Wayne's right hand tremors are also concerning.

Prayer Requests:

- Please pray that Wayne stays healthy leading up to his next round of chemo and that his body handles the chemo okay. 

- Pray that we find another PT/OT/Speech group to work with since Wayne's other one moved further away. 

- Please pray for me as I have some tests being run this week. Pray that I have peace and trust God through all of this. Sometimes it just all feels like too much.

- Please pray for our kids as they transition back to school and our new routines. Pray that I am able to juggle all the things I have to between Wayne's health, teaching, etc. 

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