Posted today on Luke Souza’s Caring Bridge site:
Luke had a follow-up with Dr. Kankipati today and blood draw. The blood work came back good! YEAH!! 🙂 He is no longer neutropenic, so he wants to eat sushi for dinner. He has been going a bit stir crazy staying home so much, but overall is doing pretty darn good. She said he can cut back on the steroids because he has been feeling a bit restless which is a side effect from them. They definitely increased his appetite and helped him gain his weight back which is great. In February he will have a Scan to see if the tumor as shrunk enough so that they can remove the chemo drug, Bleomycin. It is hard on the lungs and so they would like to remove it if they can. His hair is starting to fall out so he might be shaving it soon. He is looking forward to getting out this weekend now that his numbers are good but the dr. warned us that the flu season is still very rampant so everyone be careful!
Thanks again for all your prayers.. they are working!
Blessings, Vickie and family
A school principal in Singapore sent this letter to the parents before the exams:
The exams of your children are to start soon. I know you are all really anxious for your child to do well.
But please, do remember, amongst the students who will be sitting for the exams, there is an artist who doesn’t need to understand math. There is an entrepreneur who doesn’t care about history or English literature. There is a musician whose chemistry marks won’t matter. There’s an athlete whose physical fitness is more important than physics. If your child does get top marks, that’s great! But if he or she doesn’t, please don’t take away their self-confidence and dignity from them. Tell them it’s okay, it’s just an exam. They are cut out for much bigger things in life. Tell them, no matter what they score, you’ll love them and will not judge them.
Please do this, and when you do, watch your children conquer the world. One exam or a low mark won’t take away their dreams and talent. And please, do not think doctors and engineers are the only happy people in the world.”
Such wise words that every parent should adhere to…
Here’s an update from Fred’s wife Dawna:
The appt. went great. No changes in the tumor and the doctor was very optimistic that he will go in remove the tumor and we will get right back at a Heathy life. There could be a hiccup because of the size of the tumor so if he gets in there and for whatever reason can’t do it in one surgery it is possible he might have to go twice but it is his intention to get it all next week. You know doctors, they need to give all the possibilities. Which actually is great so there are no surprises. Thank you for your prayers! They are working…
Thank you for your faithfulness; for continuing to bring Fred’s circumstance before our Lord…along with Bernard’s and Luke’s. I hope to have updates about them soon to pass along…
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Ryan and I are getting ready to watch the Warriors/Nuggets game which will start in about a half an hour. Ryan’s got his Warriors gear on from head to toe (pillow case to socks). The blanket is not Warriors, but the colors are close…and we’ll give it to him because it’s CAL. Go Bears! And, GO WARRIORS!
Some funny definitions to begin the new year:
Coffee noun: The person upon whom one coughs
Flabbergasted adj: appalled by the amount of weight you have gained
Abdicate verb: to give up all hope of having a flat stomach
Esplanade verb: to attempt and explanation while drunk
Gargoyle noun: gross olive-colored mouthwash
Flatulance noun: emergency vehicle that picks you up after being run over by a steamroller
Balderdash noun: a rapidly receding hairline
And my personal favorite…
Lymph verb: to walk with a lisp
I love the writings of C.S. Lewis
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
I ‘m excited to get to go watch Ryan in a few minutes. I hope he doesn’t get tired of me, as together we’ll be spending the next 36 hours straight. Thankfully, there’ll be some other people intermingling (therapy, visitors, etc.) to break things up a bit.
Sleep tight y’all. We’ll be praying for you throughout the night and well into the morning…
O God, When I lose hope by leaning on my own understanding, then help me to remember that You are sovereign and Your plans for my life are always in my best interest.
Ryan slept a good portion of the day, as he didn’t sleep well last night. Sometimes he gets his days/nights mixed up. But, who amongst us can say it doesn’t happen to him/her on occasion? We hope y’all get a good night’s rest, or if you work the night shift, as do I, that you’ll be alert and attentive to God’s goings on…
Psalm 105:4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
What was I thinking; that the New Year would be full of new and exciting things? But no! It’s like a soap opera. You can actually stop watching the news for years, come back to it and it’s the same old story lines. The outlook is mostly doom and gloom…especially the prediction that chocolate will be extinct somewhere between the years 2040 & 2050. In the famous words of Nancy Kerrigan, “WWHHHHYYYYYYYYY?”
Ryan’s been doing well. he’s down to one small dose per day of Topomax, which we’ll probably eliminate sometime in the coming week. All his vitals are top of the charts. We pray this will continue throughout this year and for many years to come. Lord, Please heal my boy. Thank you.
Posted today on Luke Souza’s Caring bridge site:
Today Luke had his second round of his chemo treatments of the chemo drugs ABVD. The dr. did say that his white blood cell count is low and he needs to stay away from crowds or going out in public, somewhat be isolated. She said Influenza A is rampant right now, and if he gets a fever of 100.5, he is to go straight to the local hospital emergency.
If the tumor responds well to the treatments, (which we think it is because his symptoms have improved after one round), then they will most likely stop the Bleomycin chemo drug so that they can then give him Neulasta shots to boost his blood counts. Guess you can’t be on both of those at the same time. Medicine fascinates me and I wonder how they figured that out.. in a laboratory or as trial and error on patients (hope not)?? Thank you scientists, researchers, and intelligent people for all your hard work and using your God-given gifts and talents to improve the treatments and bringing healing to more and more people each and every day.
Luke’s mind set and attitude about this are great, and he is still gaining weight. yeah! The steroids helping with that! 🙂
Have a good day and thanks again for your positive thoughts and prayers!
Thank you for your continued prayers for Luke….and Bernard and Ryan! And, for all those whom God places on your hearts!
Got a pleasant surprise this week. Had a couple of fill-in nurses for a few shifts. It was nice having a couple of shifts off during the week. One nurse will cover the day shift tomorrow, so I’ll get more time off. I’m hoping to be caught up on some much-needed sleep. It won’t help in the beauty department, but it will sure do a lot for my stamina. I’ll be ready again for 130 hour weeks. Please continue to pray for a couple of fulltime nurses. It sure would be nice…
Also, would you please add another person onto your prayer list for the healing of cancer? His name is Fred, and he was just diagnosed with cancer. The doctors say there’s a 70% chance they can operate and take it out completely…no treatment afterwards. He’ll be having surgery in a week or so to remove a tumor. Let’s pray that God will place Fred in that 70% aisle, and that he’ll be completely cancer free!
Thank you all for being the prayer warriors you are! God moves as a result of prayer…
Ryan had a good day today. He’s resting comfortably after having had a shower earlier. There’s nothing like a good warm-to-hot shower to relax the body. May God give him a wonderful and deep sleep tonight, so that he may wake up in the morning, refreshed and ready to face a new day in the Lord…
Psalm 98:1 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
We look forward to what the Lord has in store for us in the coming days/weeks/years, but never overlooking His goodness and mercy moment by moment…