PET Scan, Chemotherapy & a Journey
Thursday evening, we positioned ourselves at the Cabot Lodge Millsap, courtesy of the Siwell Church of Christ, so we would be refreshed and ready for a busy day that would begin and continue for several hours at the Baptist hospital in Jackson (MS). Bonnie and I were punctual at 7:30 a.m. Friday for her PET scan. By 10:00 a.m. Bonnie emerged from all of that, and we paused for about an hour, waiting for lunch venues at the hospital complex to open. We opted for the Atrium Grill, whereupon we each selected a cheeseburger, but we shared some fries. Bonnie and I retreated, via elevators and hallways, to the garden spot on which we happened before, to enjoy the sun and breeze while eating our lunch.
We made our way a few minutes later to her 11:50 a.m. chemotherapy appointment. After sampling of her blood for analysis, a little later we were led to the doctor’s office for examination and recitation of the findings of the PET scan. Bonnie’s blood work is excellent – exceptional and not typical for chemotherapy. The results of the PET scan were stellar – 100% negative without even any usual false positives. Bonnie is responding to chemo better than expected in every way. The side effects largely involve some tiredness, occasional nausea and “thinning” but not the loss of all of her hair. Consequently, Bonnie enjoys at least three-quarter days daily at the office, and she has resumed our stateside travels. She has been or will be teaching ladies’ classes and children’s classes.
After Bonnie’s chemo concluded today at about 2:30 p.m., we pointed the van toward Polishing the Pulpit (PTP) in Sevierville, TN – a seven and a half hour drive from Jackson, MS. As planned, we stopped for the night; we lodged in Gadsden, AL with plans on completing the trip on Saturday. Both Bonnie and I are fully engaged in various classes and the sort for the week.
The program ends on the following Thursday at about 12:30 p.m. Then, we will drive the return trip in one continuous jaunt back to Mississippi. That is so we can be back in Jackson, MS for Bonnie’s next chemo treatment by 8:40 a.m. on Friday.
During the days of PTP, Bonnie and I will teach children or in one case I have an adult class. If not too tired upon returning to our room around 9:00 p.m., we will continue to work on the next issue of The Voice of Truth International, which must be completed before I leave for Myanmar (Burma) on about the 3rd of October. So, while at PTP, I will try to book my airline tickets, too; I received a call today that my visa has been approved.
These are just some of the things that occupy the moments of our days. We get bored easily, and so we try to apply ourselves for the cause of Christ so that we never face boredom. We keep enough different things going simultaneously that if we tire of working on one thing, we just shift gears and work on something else. If by chance I would have some extra time on my hands, I need to work on the September issue of Gospel Gazette Online, lessons to be taught in Myanmar for three weeks in October and classes to be taught over the next six months on Wednesday evenings at the Siwell Rd. Church of Christ. For now, though, I need to focus on what is at hand – our PTP schedule. Our life is one of triage – meaning, “What’s next!”
P.S. Bonnie wanted me to include a heartfelt thank you for all of the prayers prayed that have been and are being answered on her behalf.Explore posts in the same categories: Cancer Treatment, Hospital, Lessons by Bonnie, Literature, Magazines & Books, Moral Encouragement, Myanmar (Burma), Overseas, Prayer Request, Preaching Appointments, Sickness, Travel