Before we continue the saga of how Simon and I met, it would only be fair to tell you about his setback today. We promised to be honest and keep everyone updated so here goes. He spent the day in the ER trying to get his pain under control. He woke up today and couldn’t really do anything. Couldn’t stand, couldn’t sit, couldn’t lie down. He had extreme abdominal and back pain and we would not take the risk of waiting it out. His amazing family is still in town and were by our sides from the beginning to end.
The bit of good news: his labs and x-rays came back the same. So the cancer didn’t do anything more vicious than it already has in the last week. That gives us a glimmer of hope that treatments may work to slow the progression when we go for second opinions next week. But the bad news is that until we get a better system down for pain management, he is on much stronger doses of meds AND full time oxygen. As in, there is now a machine in our bedroom and if he wants to leave the house, he has to wheel a dolly with a giant tank behind him. And the tank only lasts two hours. If you saw that movie “The Fault Between Our Stars”, you were lied to. That cute little roll-y oxygen tank she has would have only lasted about 15 minutes per tank. We know that because we’re kind of oxygen experts now.
I won’t leave you with a negative thought, that’s not helpful. One of the cards we received this week from a widow and widower that remarried said, “What we can offer is limited. What God can offer is unlimited.” That’s just what we needed to hear.