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So Now We Wait. Again.

Some appointments are for results, some are to figure out what’s next. Today’s appointment was the second kind. Today’s appointment was to reevaluate and figure out what the best course of action is.

This last procedure really took its toll on Matt. A month later, though he’s definitely improving, he’s not back to his pre-procedure strength. That, combined with the fact that he has lost over ten pounds since before the procedure, caused the doctor to express some concerns, concerns that I had been feeling already. The oncologist suggested we have a CT scan to confirm the treatment is working before putting Matt through it again. He would also like to see if Matt can gain back some of that weight first.

With that in mind, appointments have been made for two weeks from now, for Friday, November 9 (Matt’s birthday!). We’ll have blood work and a CT scan in the morning, and a joint appointment in the afternoon with the oncologist and interventional radiologist. If the CT scan shows that the treatment is working, and Matt seems physically up to handling another procedure, we’ll head in that direction. If the CT scan shows otherwise? Well, we won’t put Matt through the procedure needlessly.

So now we wait. Again. We seem to do a lot of that. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not, but all this waiting is starting to feel very normal. Maybe our “norm” has become a bit askew? Thankfully, though our “norm” may be a bit askew, though our “norm” may have changed, our God is the same yesterday, and today, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8)

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  1. October 27, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Continuing to remember you and your family in prayer.

  2. October 27, 2012 at 4:28 am

    It’s so god to her that after that last procedure taking such a toll, Matt is showing signs of improvement. My fingers are crossed that it’s the new procedure that’s causing it. The weight loss may be nothing important (Ju seems to have that constantly and I have to push her to eat to keep the weight up) but maybe you can tempt him with a few favourites in the chocolate line to help bring the weight back up. Hopefully they’ll have an answer to that at the next appointment like giving the high calorie drinks.
    My very Best Wishes to both you and Matt Rosie. You’ve gone through so much together, it’s time you got a break. I wish Matt a happy Birthday for the 9th and a fantastic appointment. Julia’s is on 6th so I’ll let everyone know what happens.

    • October 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Thanks, David. And yes, we discussed high calorie drinks at the appointment. He’s been eating well for the past week, but we were wondering if he needs a little boost to get the weight back on. We picked up the drinks last night. Our goal is to try to get at least some of that weight back on before the next appointment.

      You and Julia are in my prayers. In fact, you’re on my morning prayer list. I’ll be praying especially as you have your appointment on the 6th and will watch for your update.

  3. October 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Hey Rosie – just wanted to let you know that you guys continually remain in our prayers. It is a road like none other to travel. Many “villages” are visited along the way. Some of the “villages” we passed through included perseverance, courage, confusion, faith, doubt, worry, love, excitement, and joy. The mix of emotions is indescribable – at least it was for us. But by going through all we have, and continue to do so, we find such comfort in praying for others such as yourself and David (above). You guys are amazing folks who have touched our lives in more ways than you’ll probably ever know. Much love, and thanks, to you ❤ ~Janet~

    • October 27, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Janet, thanks for your prayers. And yes, the tumult of emotions that come along with trials such as this are varied — and can hit one at the strangest moments. But that’s okay. God made us. He knows our emotional makeup. He knows the strengths and weaknesses He has endowed us with. It is in our weaknesses that His strength His most evident. It’s in our great weakness that it’s so obvious that it is no longer “us” shining through, but HIM!
      Thanks for your prayers!

  4. Gillian Lawrence
    October 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks for updating us. I’m praying for direction and wisdom concerning Matt’s next step in the journey. Love you guys.

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