For the past couple of weeks my bride has accused me of ‘nesting’. I, of course, have vehemently denied the less-than-masculine label she chose for my recent activities.
“There are just a lot of things I need to get done”, I would answer.
“Uh-huh”, she would respond with the lift of an eyebrow. “You’re nesting!”
As usual, she was correct.
I awoke to an early morning call from Minnesota. My little brother called to offer words of pre-surgery encouragement. We chatted for a while and I felt better for having had the chance to talk. Then, it was off to the races to finish my ‘nesting’.
Before I do, I want to update the folks with some good news about that girl of mine. We visited Dr. Speed (the radiation oncologist) for the first time yesterday. He has developed her treatment plan and she will receive the first of 36 treatments on February 26. That was pretty much what we expected.
The good news for us was the way Dr. Speed responded to the charted report of her post-chemo scans. “We very rarely see results as good as yours.”, he told my bride. “Your cancer responded exceptionally well to treatment.”
While we know that does not change the long-term prognosis, I am becoming much more optimistic about the long-term prognosis. I know for a fact that the reason she has responded so well to treatment is because so many powerful prayers have been offered on her behalf. I know for a fact those powerful prayers will continue. Therefore, I think optimism for the long-term is warranted.
Teresa has been able to step up and lend a hand to the folks at Dr. Cooper’s office lately. She has always been appreciative of the opportunity to work with the gang from time to time but now the chance to give back a little is much needed.
Her friend and fellow dental assistant, Kim Humphreys, began treatment for her cancer this past week and must necessarily be out of the office on the days that chemo knocks her off her feet. It blesses my lady’s heart to be able to step in and return some of the support she has received from all the folks there. And I am sure it blesses Kim to have a supporting friend who has been where she is. Please remember Kim and her family in your prayers.
Teresa and I will head to Association Office in a little bit where a group from some of our churches will meet us for a time of focused prayer. This will be the second such ‘lifting up’ for us this week as our home church held their own prayer service this past Sunday. I really can’t wrap my head around the extraordinary number of people who are daily bringing the Green family’s medical and spiritual needs to the Throne Room. I feel as though I have an army at my back and know that, in a very real sense, I do. A simple “Thank you” could never adequately express the gratitude we both feel so we are trusting the Lord to express that for us.
After the prayer time, my lady and I will head to Little Rock where we will spend the night at the “Baptist Hotel”. We check into the hospital at 5:30 tomorrow morning so being on the grounds when we awaken will be a big help.
I may post again this evening or tomorrow morning but if not please know we covet each of your prayers greatly. Remember to pray for my bride and our children in the coming days. Ask the Lord to guard their hearts during this time.