“Yo, where you been?”
I can hear you now. To answer your question, I’ve been right here…chillin at UCLA! I’ve changed rooms, but that’s about it.
The first room I had was just fine, other than the view out the window. In order to see the open sky, I had to see it reflected off the adjoining windows, directly across from me. Look, when you’re here for a month, the view starts to matter.
So, I have a new room with a sweet eastward view, overlooking Westwood Blvd. I’m happy! See for yourself below.
As far as my health is concerned, I’m progressing well. Each day when the team of doctors do their rounds the attending doc says again and again that I am progressing well, and that the lack of activity is a good sign of it.
My “numbers” have bottomed out, for the most part, and I’m slowly starting the rebound. What that means is that my immune system is slowly starting to rebuild itself, the way it was designed. 🙂
Yesterday I had another bone marrow biopsy, and yes, they still suck. This one didn’t hurt as much as up in Santa Maria, but this doc had a harder time digging through the bone in my pelvis. Yes, I did just write that. She gave me some decent meds though, to ease the whole thing, and I’m sure they helped. We’ll get the results from that biopsy most likely tomorrow, Friday. Those results will really help define my roadmap for the next month or so. So here’s to praying for a defeated leukemia!
This journey really has been interesting. All along the way I’ve felt surreal and at little bit like a surfboard. It’s clear the waves are the Lord, directing me! He’s made Himself close and comforting, most often using my wonderful family, and the great friends who’ve been able to come visit, and call, and share with me online.
We’re just so very blessed through all of this, and we are very thankful for you all!
I’ll take a crack at some transparency right now. The transfer from sick time/vacation time, to being able to accept donated time from my coworkers, is somewhat of a gap. In fact, we expect to see two whole pay-periods of nearly no income. I have no doubt that the Lord is already making plans to provide, so I am comforted. In the months to come, we have long term disability insurance that will eventually kick in, so our concerns are not stretched out. However, the next month looks quite sketchy. Without sounding desperate, I simply want to state out loud that we are more than just tight right now.
I’ll leave it at that, and end with today’s comfort…
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:3-11, ESV)