These are very hard days for Don. He is being admitted to NW Hospital right now. He is still feeling very fatigued, and his bilirubin count is still high. A steroids dose on Tuesday did not do much good. Antibiotics don’t seem to be working. He had a few good hours at Whidbey yesterday afternoon, but otherwise has been feeling very poorly, and has no energy. A big part of the frustration is that the medical team doesn’t have an explanation for this, since he has not had a chemo treatment for almost 3 weeks now, and ordinarily the negative effects of the last chemo would have worn off by now.

As you know, Don embraces life. There is so much he wants to do, so much he wants to be a part of. But feeling the way he does, he can’t do any of it.

Please pray.

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  1. tarman on November 8, 2007 1:52 pm

    Don, I have just landed in CA and drove to Carpinteria, and am sitting in Starbucks a few blocks from where we lived for 21 years. It is always good to come back.

    I am so sorry you are feeling bad. It makes me feel bad. Youare very dear to me. I wish I could do more than pray- but for now that is about all I can do.

    Love,

    Bart

  2. elthomas on November 8, 2007 2:17 pm

    Praying now!
    Thank you for your encouraging phone message, it is precious to me.
    Love you,
    Liz

  3. Jaime Hestad on November 8, 2007 2:58 pm

    don…you are SO loved! may you feel HIS love in a sweet way today.
    remember, one day at a time, dear friend.
    oh, and the phrase ‘our Aslan is on the move’ comes to mind! this is not in vain!
    jaime

  4. hollythompson on November 8, 2007 4:10 pm

    Praying for you right now, too.

    love,
    Holly

  5. avroser on November 8, 2007 4:34 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear that you are feeling very weak, Don. We pray that God will lift you up and give you strength and encouragement. He is an awesome God. He loves you and has you in His wonderful hands.
    Al & Vicki Roser

  6. doug burleigh on November 9, 2007 8:41 am

    Don,

    So good to see you last week. Debbie and I are praying for you and standing with you in this battle. I am reminded of the truth of Scripture, “When one member of the body suffers, all suffer. When one is honored, all are honored. For we are members one of another.” We suffer with you, friend. And we rejoice in Jesus with you. Blessings,

    Doug and Debbie

  7. dustin on November 9, 2007 9:43 am

    Don — my kids got their 15 minutes of fame on your last blog post. Their pictures were on donvalencia.com! Given the size of your audience, I’d say that qualifies as fame.

    I know you feel weak, but your strength is incredibly encouraging. love you and praying for you.

    dustin

  8. stan on November 9, 2007 10:02 am

    Disappointing to hear of your latest, but your steadfastness still inspires, with the Spirit through you.
    John 11:4…” This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it…” and vs 26″ And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…..”
    Eternal Life is knowledge of God, and you know HIM !!
    keep up with your Spirit, the doctors will take care of the body this time….

    also would like to share this old devotion:

    To struggle used to be
    To grab with both hands
    and shake
    and twist
    and turn
    and push
    and shove and not give in
    But wrest an answer from it all
    As Jacob did a blessing.

    But there is another way
    To struggle with an issue, a question –
    Simple to jump
    Off
    Into the abyss
    and find ourselves
    floating
    falling
    tumbling
    being led
    slowly and gently
    but surely
    to the answers God has for us –
    to watch the answers unfold
    before our eyes and still
    to be part of the unfolding.

    But, oh! The trust
    Necessary for this new ways !
    Not to be always reaching out
    For the old hand-holds

    -“A New Way of Struggling” by Susan W. N. Ruach

    S

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