I received a card this week that had this Bible Verse on it: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12) I love it when we have a Bible verse where God tells us Just What To Do. ….it was perfectly suited for me because I am so task oriented. On that score, I just want to say…you are doing a GREAT job on the third assignment, thanks for your faithfulness! Each day I see how God is answering prayers…I am feeling pretty good for all of us on the first assignment of being joyful in HOPE…but that PATIENCE one….that is tough! I think I can sum up me as: “Joyfully, hopefully, prayerfully…. impatient!”
After all the drama of this week with the bile duct stent and pneumonia vaccination on Monday, the overnight in the hospital, then the liver biopsy on Tuesday afternoon, it was GREAT to be back home again Tuesday night! Today I went for a blood test to see if my liver was happy with the new stent to clear a passage in the bile duct and if the enzyme levels are down enough to begin chemo treatments. Well, the good news is that the numbers are down significantly so the stent is working! Yay!! But unfortunately, numbers are not down low enough so the chemo has to be postponed again.
So, here’s the prayer…God, please have Carol’s enzyme levels come down so that the JH team can move ahead with the treatment. (And anything else you might like to add related to world hunger, peace among the nations and the economic stimulus package – and complete healing!)
I mean let’s just say here and now…that WONDERFUL liver biopsy that my personal photographer Christine captured on her i-phone was a huge answer to your prayers. Not a HINT of a complication or internal bleeding! I was a little bummed today to learn that I “flunked” the enzyme test and Christine sent me this Psalm 1:24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. --- and that’s ALL of us…thanks for your prayers for me—so get back at it…faithful in prayer! Be Strong! Take heart! …enzymes!
Frank and I are out at the Eastern Shore this weekend and Dr. Laheru told me that my job is to rest, eat, and lower my enzymes. I am taking all my assignments very, very seriously!