Thursday morning on October 23, Bonnie and I left Winona, MS for Jackson, MS. She has a 9 a.m. appointment for consultation with her Doctor of radiation oncology. He gave Bonnie a brief physical examination, and she was “marked up” for future radiation treatments with the aid of a CAT scan. We will return to this doctor’s cancer clinic at least once next week for further “markup” and computerized preparation for radiation treatments. The procedures will begin either later that week or not later than Monday, November 3. Later in the day Thursday, we received a phone call from the oncology office, advising that Bonnie’s chemotherapy treatments will resume Thursday, October 30. Radiation will run Monday through Friday for 28 treatments, and chemotherapy will occur once weekly for several months – six months last go-around.
Instead of buying groceries and other items on our outing, we returned to our Winona home because Bonnie was feeling poorly. We did pause, though, for lunch, but Bonnie ate very little.
The next challenge for the day was to get Bonnie’s three prescriptions filled in Winona. Two of them could have been filled the day before, except that the oncologist forgot to relay the information to her nursing staff, and the prescriptions were not called in. The one prescription had to be picked up in person because it is a narcotic. However, the oncologist office knew nothing about any of the three prescriptions upon our arrival there while in Jackson, and the doctor was off work. Finally, two prescriptions were called in and the other was handed to us.
Back in Winona, another set of challenges met our effort to have the prescriptions filled. First, the understaffed pharmacy was closed “for lunch” between 1 and 2 p.m. Later, the little local Wal-Mart was able to fill the diuretic medicine, but it did not have the pain medication in stock, and the insurance company refused coverage of Bonnie’s nausea medicine – which it has been covering to date. Bonnie will have to dicker with the insurance company, and we took the pain prescription to a small Winona drugstore and had it filled.
The last two days, friends and coworkers have visited us at the house, bringing cheer and gifts for Bonnie. Daily, cards and email come our way to boost Bonnie and me. For all of this we are thankful.
As Bonnie and I went to bed last night and were about to go to sleep, Bonnie said to me that this was the first time in months that she was without any pain. Imagine that! Today (Friday), is not a good day for her, however. She is groggy from the pain medicine, but we were about to go to the office for half a day. Shortly after eating a bowl of cereal, she suddenly became nauseas and began vomiting. No office for her today, and I have my mobile office up and running from the comfort of my half of the love seat in the living room.
Thank you always for your kindnesses, encouragement and prayers. We are serving and will serve our Lord to whatever extent we can wherever we can as long as we live.
In my case, our Asian trip set aside for 2014, I have finally gotten around to writing a first principles book that I was asked to write two years ago. I am confused respecting the providence of God, because I thought (2 Kings 5:11) that our 9-week effort in four Asian countries would certainly be something that our Heavenly Father would want us to do. Yet, maybe in fact the providence of God has something else in mind for us, and this set of circumstances is the way to make it happen (Genesis 45:5). It may be that Bonnie and I need to be in the right place at the right time to come in contact with a truth seeker (Acts 10:1-24). Maybe God is protecting Bonnie and me from travel dangers, kidnapping, beheading, disease, etc. At any rate, Bonnie and I are in no position to question the providence of God. All we say is, “Here am I! Send me” (Isaiah 6:8 NKJV).