It was shaping up to be a great week full of improvements. After going to church on Sunday, Simon joined extended family for dinner out at Steak Corral on Monday. He was the most energetic and spirited we’ve seen in the last five weeks. But then he was very weak the last two days. He was sleeping much more, experiencing breakthrough pain, and had no appetite.
We had our weekly check-in with the oncologist this morning. Simon lost 10 pounds this week. After all those decadent milkshakes we’ve been giving him, it was hard to hide my disappointment. The doctor reminded us that cancer expends many calories, so he’s going to put Simon on a hormone that should increase his hunger. No, it’s not marijuana but thanks for the many, MANY offers and advice. I minored in Research in college, so trust me when I say we have looked in to the best plan of care for this diagnosis.
So the good news is that Simon’s labs came back stable this week! Hemoglobin is good, liver function is acceptable, kidney function is good. Hopefully that drug he started taking to slow tumor growth will do its job. The not-so-good news is that his thyroid function came back low, which would explain the lethargy and weakness. The doc will probably have him take some additional meds for that.
I woke up early this morning feeling slightly discontent. I grabbed some coffee and my Bible and read on the porch for quite a while, tears aflowin’. From Psalms, to Matthew, to James – verse after verse, I was comforted. I have so much to be thankful for it’s ridiculous. God has granted me the desires of my heart. Is life perfect? No way. We’re sinners. But God is a gracious God. He has had mercy on Simon for 34 years when he could have taken him home much sooner. He has provided for us financially in a geographical area where often both spouses are forced to work full time to make ends meet. He has strategically placed people in our lives that are empathetic and have faced similar trials. I could go on and on and on but we have some dear friends here and I want to spend time with them.
Thanks for your continued prayers.