We’re back home now in Bend after our Houston and Oklahoma jaunts for the cancer treatment and visiting our son and his family. We enjoyed our time with granddaughter, Haley Grissen, at her graduation from Midwest Nazarene College in Olathe, Kansas.
Here’s a quick update on my health situation from our home in Bend, Oregon . . .
I seem to be past any side effects of the chemo-radiation. The only issue dogging me is still the cough. I’m being treated for ‘Silent Aspiration’ now, which is acid reflux I didn’t realize was happening. Perhaps the cough is lessening somewhat. On my ‘good’ days I think so, and then a coughing day will happen which feels like I’ve still got the same condition I’ve been fighting for the past three months.
Also while at MD Anderson, they discovered an abnormal valve issue in my heart. This was not diagnosed as A-Fib, but an electrical issue nonetheless.
Then after we were home, I had a breathing problem and went into the emergency room. Through a CT Scan, they discovered I had blood clots in my lungs, most likely caused by the cancer. While at the ER, I had an A-Fib episode they controlled through medicine after two hours. Now I’m on a blood thinner for the clots, and a calcium blocker for the A-Fib.
Hey, I think I’m falling apart at the seams!
Here’s the BIG item for prayer:
Next Wednesday (June 4) I fly back to MD Anderson in Houston for my six-week checkup. I’ll be there two days and fly back. During the time I’ll have a PET Scan of my throat and chest area and an endoscopic biopsy of the tumor site we hope is totally ‘fried.’
If they don’t find live cancer cells, I’m most likely cured. If they do find live cells, then I’ll be on palliative care going forward.
You know which is the desire of our hearts, and which to ask the Lord for!
Thanks for joining us on this journey. You and your encouragement and intercessions for us make the difference!
Dave and Sheri