We always try these days to find the silver lining to the clouds, and it really does help make days brighter. We are, yet again, on hold as to when the new transplant procedure will begin. This week, the doctor told Roger that he will have to undergo a liver biopsy this coming Tuesday, due to some elevated levels that have them concerned. Please be in prayer for him Tuesday morning during this procedure. They tell us it is pretty standard and "easy", but they will be going in through his jugular vein to do it. They also say that sounds a lot worse than it is. The results will tell us more about his ability to endure the next treatments and transplant. Anyway, we are still in a holding pattern.
However, that does leave us with a few extra days on our hands, so we decided to jump on a plane and head home for the weekend, and were able to surprise a few friends in the process. We came home Wed. night and have surely been enjoying the time with family. That's where the "silver lining" part comes in: if we were still on schedule, we couldn't have had this extra time in Tennessee, something we had totally not expected.
God's ways and timing may not be our own, but He always shows us that His plans are better than ours anyway!
When we return to Houston on Sunday night, we jump back into the routine of doctors' appointments, tests, etc., while waiting on the hospital admission date to approach (whenever that may be). It is easy sometimes to feel frustrated, but again, we are learning many lessons in patience.
Roger's test results are improving in many areas, showing that his body is responding to the treatments that he has already had. We are very grateful for that!
I'd also like to add how extremely grateful we are to you all for your prayers and support. I may say that in each post, but it will never be enough. Because of the financial support you have provided, we have been able to make these trips and keep two households afloat. We are also thankful to Southwest and their Rapid Rewards program for the free tickets that we used to come home this weekend!
We hope you are having a blessed Christmas season and remembering the real reason for the season. He is alive! He is living in our hearts and pouring out His blessings on us continuously!
In His Grip,