OK, OK, I know it has been 2 weeks since we posted last. You know what they say: "Time flies when you are having fun" (!!!). Seriously, we have just been going through all of the processes, and the ups and downs, and haven't taken the time to post after we get back to the apartment....
Last weekend, we actually had 2 days "off" (the first since October!!)- which means that we were able to bring the medicines home and do them ourselves, rather than having to go into the clinic. It was great to sleep in and not have to be anywhere - it felt like a mini-vacation!
Not so, this weekend, but it's okay. They have started Roger on a new type of chemo, which is part of the protocol he is on for this transplant. It's a mild form that is supposed to seek out any residual cancer cells that might not even be showing up at this point. According to all tests so far, he is again in remission, which is definitely what we want to hear. The reason for this follow-up chemo regimen is to make sure that he stays in remission this time. So,we are praying that this particular protocol is the one that will finally chase this disease away for good.
Lately, we have been feeling like we are stuck in a "cancer warp" where everything in our daily lives is about cancer and that's all it is about. It will be so nice to be able to focus on something else for a change. (Of course, I am not talking about relationships, or spiritual well-being; it's just the physical day-to-day that I am referring to...). Physically and mentally, it is very easy to get worn out, but this too shall pass.
Roger is feeling stronger and that is a great thing. He still has "issues" that we deal with, but the doctor saw him yesterday, and was all smiles about his progress. That's always encouraging!
We had hoped to be able to make a Legacy Five concert in a couple of TX cities the past two Sundays, but Roger was not up to it. He was a little down about that, but the guys did surprise us one Sunday and drove down here on the bus. They parked on the Target parking lot, and we drove to meet them, and got some wonderful visiting time in on the bus! It was great to see some familiar "home" faces. They are truly special friends, and it meant a lot to us that they would take that extra effort to come see us. I told Roger to just concentrate on getting stronger, and he will be back before we know it.
In ways, the time has passed quickly here (41 days in the hospital may have contributed to that), but in other ways, it seems we have been here a VERY long time. However, we are so blessed with all of the friendships we have here, and some new ones we have made, as well. God always provides a "silver lining" to those clouds! (Hmm, I could get really deep here, but I will save that for another time. Right now, I have to get ready to go to the clinic.)
Thank you for your continuing prayers and support. We are safe, warm and dry, well-fed, well-cared for, and
In His Grip!