Don wanted me to get something on the blog about our dinner last night. But first, a quick report on Don.

He was released from the hospital this afternoon after spending a night without any fever. When I saw him at about 8:30pm just now he was very tired and sleepy, and didn’t have the energy to do a blog update himself. But one is coming — pictures and video — hopefully by tomorrow. Tomorrow he has chemo again, and we’re praying he will not have the kind of negative reaction he did to last week’s chemo.

The Canlis dinner happened! Thanks to so many who prayed for it to come about. We did it with Don not leaving the NW Hospital grounds. In brief, here’s what happened.

By midmorning Tuesday Don told me the doctors would not release him. He had a fever through the night, and they wanted to keep him at least another night. So began a mad scramble. I called Canlis and asked if they could make our dinner for 6 — the whole thing, with appetizers, salad, entree, and dessert — for pickup. I don’t think that’s something they do very often. After some checking and several calls, all was arranged. They would provide not just dinner, but all the dishes, silverware, linen, glasses, even salt & pepper shakers.

I then called our friend Greg Schroedl, a physician and administrator at NWH, to ask what permissions we needed to bring the dinner in to Don’s room. He not only gave us clearance to do the dinner, he offered to find us a more suitable room. After several calls with Abby Ceja, an executive administrative assistant at NWH, she arranged for us to use the Chief of Staff’s conference room in the administration building. She said they would have linen on the table for us, as well as coffee and water! She even called Gwen at Canlis to coordinate with them to make sure we would have everything we needed.

At 5:30pnwh-1.jpgm Tuesday I picked up the food from Canlis in several boxes and a big dish bin. I made it through really tough traffic to NWH by a little after 6pm. Art Kopicky, Wes Anderson and I set everything up, and Don came down from his room escorted by Bart Tarman (from DC) and Dan Jessup (from Colorado) close to 6:30pm. The six of us then enjoyed a joyful, tearful, and memorable reprise of last year’s “edge of heaven” dinner at Canlis. A little after 9pm Bart, Dan & Wes took Don back to the room while Art & I cleaned up and packed dirty dishes and all back in my car.

I’ll leave it to Don to tell you about the conversation and our 3 hours together. It was yet another profoundly moving experience, participating in Don’s dance on the edge of heaven.

Again, thanks so much for your prayers for Don and for the dinner.

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5 Comments so far

  1. AnnieHartsock on October 24, 2007 10:11 pm

    Don, I’m really looking forward to hearing your reflections on your anniversary Canlis dinner. We prayed for you and for the time at the Tue morning group and I was so excited to hear Skip’s report that it did happen and that it was so special. Love to you, Annie

  2. wendy on October 25, 2007 6:51 am

    Dear Don

    I started reading your blog after after I was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. My experience caused me to reevaluate my life (I am still in the process, and will be forever!) and I have looked at hundreds of websites of all kinds about cancer and those who deal with the disease as patients or caregivers.

    May I say that your blog stands out among all of them as a beacon of hope and faith. Your spirit absolutely shines through every entry, and your modesty and genuine feelings offer inspiration to readers. You are the real deal. You tell us what you are going through and how you feel in simple yet eloquent terms. You bare your soul, but you are never maudlin. You are so brave, and of course no one can exhibit courage unless they first know fear. You ask profound questions.

    I sense you are such a fine human being, and I applaud you for your ability to convey this to readers. You have a gift! And your illness is in some ways a gift to those of us who seek inspiration and encouragement: there you are, dishing it out in the midst of your own trials. I truly think you are an instrument of God.

    So I just wanted to thank you, and to thank Heather for being so heroic as well, and to let you know I am sure there are many like me who read your entries and think of you in the middle of the night and wish the best for you, and who, in their own way, pray for you. You are like the proverbial pebble dropped in the pond, whose ripples travel far and wide, farther than you will ever know.

    Thank you, and bless you.


  3. Randor on October 25, 2007 11:38 am

    Hi Don, Glad to see that the “dinner” happened and that all the details worked out so well, our God is truely an awesome GOD!!!

    I am looking at your hair in the pictures and I am not see much, so I am praying a “bunch” that your new chemo works well and that your mancho hair starts to reappear. That way I don’t have to get another hair cut myself!

    Please know that you are always in our thoughts and prayers! We hope to see you soon!

    Love Randy and Debbie

  4. Gail Yockey on October 25, 2007 1:53 pm

    Don – So glad you got to participate in the Canlis dinner. It was quite amazing to look out today and see you at CBS as I was sharing some about my service team experience with Agros. The support, time, energy, effort you have given Agros has helped create a different future for so many like Juana & Noemi. Thank you. All of us at Agros continue to pray for you and Heather and the boys. Praying your chemo will go well today with no negative side effects. Take Care.

  5. sean dimond on October 25, 2007 6:58 pm

    The absolutely unreasonable and miraculous love that Don’s journey calls forth from people… is healing and glorious in and of itself. So wonderful.

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