Don did three video takes while James Snook and I were there tonight. The one on the blog is the third. The other two are just as good. Don is amazing. He’s able to speak very naturally without a script into the camera — something most of us find very difficult to do. We had a good time, because he was, as he puts it, a little loopy from his pain medications. It was good to laugh. It was even better to hear that he’ll be sent home tomorrow morning, and from there, to Whidbey.

Some women friends around Heather have decided to re-mobilize the dinners brigade. If you’re able to fix a meal for the Valencias, please contactKristi Brumbaugh by email. Her email address is Kristi will coordinate the efforts.

Skip, for Don & Heather

Today has been quite a day. Initially I was told I would be staying here until Thursday. Needless to say that was discouraging, knowing I would miss spending the 4th of July at Whidbey with Heather. Then about 3 hours later I was told I could be switched to all oral medications and leave in the morning. On top of this I would have a Taxol/Carboplatin chemotherapy treatment at 4 PM. This was all great news to me!

I also had a number of visitors today which was interesting since I was given both my IV Dilaudid and oral Morphine. Together they really looped me and I had a difficult time completing one coherent thought. In the time of drug induced silliness I decided to make a video podcast to complete the rest of my update for today- I hope you enjoy it:

God is Good, All the Time, God is Good!

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13 Comments so far

  1. andydavidson on July 3, 2007 10:09 pm

    Sweet iphone! The blog and videos are top rate brother. So glad you’re getting out in the sunshine tomorrow for the 4th on Whidbey. Have a great time. If you haven’t already, you must check out this hilarious, clean comedian (but watch your stiches…)
    (google “Brian Regan” and watch his “I walked on the moon” video).
    Our 4 year old, Alyssa, likes your video blogs, but thinks you look better in your normal clothes vs. the hospital gown…

  2. TerriCrowell on July 3, 2007 10:48 pm

    Don & Heather –

    We are so happy for you both being able to share Independance Day at Whidbey. I know it will be a day you will remember forever. You are both in our prayers all the time.

    Happy 4th of July! God will be with you.

  3. Wes on July 3, 2007 11:36 pm

    Don, great being with you tonight and am so excited about your Whidby Island trip tomorrow. Ya, your video blog was all you, except for your periodic loopiness, but that added alot of color.
    Here’s believing for you a day of wonder and joy tomorrow with some expressive thoughts by Abraham Heschel. I believe they’ll be your thoughts too because you’ve reflected astonishing wonder and joy in so many ways over the past months.

    The Grace of Wonder

    Joshua Abraham Heschel

    Dear Lord, grant me the grace of wonder. Surprise me, amaze me, awe me in every crevice of your universe. Delight me to see how your Christ plays in ten thousand places. . .to the Father through the features of men’s faces. Each day enrapture me with your marvelous things without number. I do not ask to see the reason for it all; I ask only to share the wonder of it all.

  4. art curtis on July 4, 2007 8:14 am

    The latest blog is terrific.You do need to consider some sort of project that is both written and filmed. You have a great presence on the video format. Congratulations,may Heather, you and the boys have a great 4th of July on Whidby. God Bless You.

  5. scott hightower on July 4, 2007 9:50 am

    We join with the others in praying that your time on Whidby in the sunshine and fresh air will be especially blessed for you and Heather. And we praise God that He has provided this for you. Oh, the wonder of it all. Our continued prayers for His healing touch.

    His love and ours,

    Scott and Betty

  6. stan on July 4, 2007 10:53 am

    Happy 4th, Don. “Let you light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matt 5:16.
    It is gratifying to see you regaining strength and able to enjoy the wonderful time in Whidbey. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you always. After this round of traveling, we look forward to return to be able visit you again.
    Praise God for your spirit……Stan

  7. sean dimond on July 4, 2007 12:05 pm

    Thinking of you amigo. Praying for you. This, from the poet ee cummings, had me think of the way in which you now view the world. it’s best read aloud.

    i thank You God for most this amazing
    day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
    and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes

    (i who have died am alive again today,
    and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth day of life and love and wings: and of the gay great happening illimitably earth)

    how should tasting touching hearing seeing
    breathing any-lifted from the no of all nothing-human merely being doubt unimaginably You?

    (now the ears of my ears awake and
    now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

    – ee cummings

  8. Gary on July 4, 2007 2:45 pm

    I am so glad that as I write you are on Whidbey enjoying this beautiful, warm 4th of July. Pretty unusual. This is only the 6th time in the past 100 years that it’s been over 85 in our area on the 4th.

    More important than the weather is the fact that you are well enough to earn early release from the hospital.

    Very cool about the iPhone! I am so impressed by it. The UI makes so much sense! I downloaded three of their promo videos and did about 140 screen captures so that I can study the interface. It’s given me lots of ideas. I’d love to hear how you see their approach being integrated into our software.

    I love your blog/vlog. It’s so good to see you even if only on a monitor.


  9. Don on July 4, 2007 3:03 pm

    Thank you all for your encouraging comments. I am now on Whidbey truly dancing on the edge of Heaven. I have this habit when I walk around of looking for my IV line and reaching out for my IV pole. Gotta break that habit today! Blessings.

  10. peggy anderson on July 5, 2007 7:15 am

    Dear Don and Heather,

    We hope that you had a great 4th! It was beautiful, and we’re so thankful that you got a chance to take it all in from one of your favorite places! much love to you both!
    Gordy and Peggy

  11. jennygiles on July 5, 2007 11:19 am

    a prayer:
    Lord Jesus,
    thank You for pain control. thank You for beautiful days. thank You for good friends. thank You that for every valley there is a mountain top.

  12. craigsaw on July 6, 2007 1:50 pm

    We’ve been praying for you for months and are happy to get to see your blogs and videos. So glad you had a sunny 4th. God is good!

    Craig and Andrea Sawchuk

  13. ruthseidel on July 8, 2007 7:16 am

    I have been encouraged by Is. 40 this summer…
    Every valley shall be raised up and every mountain and hill made low, the rough ground shall become level and the rugged places a plain.

    Trusting Him to be in those rugged places with you and with me! I so appreciate your updates. Ruth

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