I realize that it has been most of 2013 that I haven’t blogged a dang thing. The reality is that most of my blog readers are already friends with me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. So, you’re getting most of what’s happening in my life already.
If you aren’t caught up, let me catch you up.
A couple months ago, I started having yucky migraines. My local doc helped treat them, and I started feeling better. Almost right after, I got a nasty cold, but was scheduled to ride in the LA River Ride Century; which is a 100 mile bike ride, down the LA River, from Griffith Park to Long Beach and back. I was toying with not riding, because I was sick. But the day before, I woke up feeling great, so I rode.
It was actually a wonderful ride! I’ll do it again some day! It’s mostly flat, and a really unique tour of Los Angeles.
However, the next day I regretted it, physically. Over the course of that week, it became apparent that I was sicker than just with a cold. A visit to the doc, resulted in a clear diagnosis of pneumonia.
Three weeks of pneumonia treatment, cramped up at home, missing work, and I was starting to get better. On what may have been my last follow up visit to the doc, he observed that I looked pale. Orders for blood work, and before the end of the day, I was being referred to a blood doc. “Numbers” looked bad, and additional tests were required.
The morning of the 7/5, I headed into the referred doc’s office, for more labs, and a bone marrow biopsy. Trying to avoid googling why someone would need a bone marrow biopsy was impossible. So, our fears were started.
After that, it all started happening real fast. That afternoon, the new doc called to say that it looked likely that I have Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Yeah! He was right then working to get me into UCLA, or Stanford. By dinner time, I had a bed in UCLA’s top not Leukemia wing, and we were packing for the trip down. We made part of the trip that night, down to my parents’ in Ventura County. That also allowed us to leave our kids and dog at their house, and my sister immediately stepped in to take care of them.
So, a lot has happened in a very short time. I’ll follow up with another update soon.
With all the medicine and science unleashing it’s wonderful grasp on my apparent illness, I also have a terrific hope. I have a hope in my glorious Creator, who not only knit me together, almost 38 years ago, but also has a firm grasp on the finite details of all that is going on inside me. I know He is sovereign, and caring. I know that He cares about even the little things. He has blessed me with a wonderful family, who are even right now flexing and adapting their schedules and plans, to be available in whatever way we need. I’m also blessed with an amazing community, a community centered on the Gospel, rising up around us, to help in all the crazy ways they can.
God has comforted me in many ways over the last few days. One of His physical manifestations has been from those around me, expressing their comfort, encouragement, and support.
Thank you all!