At Don’s request, I’m providing this update.

Don had his 7th radiation treatment this morning. We’re trusting that the radiation is doing its job and killing the cancer cells. Last night they moved him to a larger room with a great view. He was asleep during the move, and when he woke up he was thoroughly disoriented because everything in this room is reversed from the previous room. He says that for a moment he thought he had died, and this new room was a transition place before he entered into heaven.

Heather and family brought him some Thanksgiving dinner last night. This morning Inga, a dear young friend of the family who has just returned from a few months in Hawaii, came to the hospital for a surprise visit, which made for some very tender moments.

Don’s bilirubin count is high again today. He also has a high calcium count. They took a bone scan today to determine the cause of that, and to see whether the tumor has invaded bone structure. He is also getting IV medication to counteract the excess calcium. All of this is making him move in and out of sleep and drowsiness.

We have been encouraged in the past few days to see Don in moments (30 minutes to 2 hours) of being wide awake, alert, and lucid. Earlier in the week there were few such moments. Tonight he had a number of bites of various Thanksgiving pies — pumpkin, pecan, and apple cream. When he first bit into the pecan, the wonderful taste seemed to waken him fully, and he relished every bite. Later on Abdoulaye the MRI technician came to visit Don. He is from Senegal, and has attended a couple of Tool Group meetings at Don’s house. At Don’s request, Abdoulaye prayed for Don in his native language, Wolof. It was a beautiful, heartfelt prayer. Abdoulaye told Don after praying how much Don had meant in his life. It was yet another tearful, tender moment.

Don really appreciates and covets our prayers, and the fact that we are not letting God get any rest.

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3 Comments so far

  1. Connie on November 24, 2007 8:23 am

    I am not giving God any rest, I am hopeful for you. I am sending hugs to you, Heather and the boys.


  2. paulamelby on November 24, 2007 11:39 am

    Heather and Don,

    We are praying for you daily. Your faith and courage is an inspiration to us all.

    With love and prayers,

    Paula and Jim Melby

  3. Mark McCabe on November 25, 2007 9:49 am

    Dear Don,
    We wanted to let you know we are praying daily for you. You and your family have had a continuing impact on our son Micah. You have helped impart God’s purpose and vision into his life and career. We are very thankful for your blessings.

    We are grieved in our hearts for all you have had to go through, yet we know God is faithful. Here is a scripture that has often ministered to us. “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” psa.9:10

    We will continue to seek the Lord for you and thank Him for you and your family.

    Mark & Christine McCabe

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