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Short Notice Procedures


My first day at work this week—and my last. I hadn’t been at work but an hour when an email, followed by a phone call, informed me that Matt needed to be in Rochester for a six-hour procedure the next day.

Tomorrow Matt needs to be in the radiology department by 8 a.m. They will be injecting a dye into the liver through the hepatic artery via a catheter. Scans that follow will reveal whether the TheraSphere treatment is now an option or not. As long as too much of the dye doesn’t shunt to the lungs, it will be an option.

If it’s an option, within roughly two weeks time they will insert glass beads of radiation directly into the liver to the location of the tumors in the same manner that they will inject the dye tomorrow. Please pray to that end.

Having just finished up an emotional and exhausting week after the death of our dear sister-in-law, the thought of a super early morning followed by a long day, to then turn around and drive home again—well it sounded like adding exhaustion to exhaustion. We opted to drive up right after I got home from work and spend the night a short distance from the hospital. A good night’s sleep sounds very appealing! We‘re fed and now comfortably relaxing in our hotel room watching an old movie.

Thanks for your prayers. We’ll update you as we know more.

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  1. September 7, 2012 at 12:38 am

    You know you carry my best wishes and hopes for a success with you. xx Hugs

    • September 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

      I know, David. Thank you. Likewise to you and your wife.Your wife (and you) continue to be in my prayers.

  2. September 7, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Wow, so much on your plate right now. Know that people all over the world are praying for your family. Praying that all goes well with Matt and the news will be super positive. 🙂 Blesssings!

    • September 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Thanks, Anita. The procedure could lead to a good treatment, which makes it a good thing. It was only that it was on such short notice after a physically and emotionally draining week. We just hadn’t had a chance to breathe. But God knows. If He was able to give us the strength and grace to get through this past week, He can give us the strength and grace for this one day. 🙂 We do feel blessed by the prayers of so many. Blessed and upheld. Thanks!

  3. September 7, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Prayers are with you and the family my dear friend. ❤

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