I have decided to send one more and final update for the foreseeable future. I met with Dr. Patel, my oncologist(see above), on Friday, May 25. He was happy with my tests and used the term “cancer free!” We all appreciate the possibility of recurrence, but we even more appreciate the probability of non-recurrence. In fact, he wants my venous-access port removed since he does not anticipate using it again (removal under local on Tuesday, June 5). So, I will have two more prophylactic spinal infusions of methotrexate and see him in three months to say “hey” and a scan in six months. We will consider correction of my right eye extraocular muscles in the fall (still seeing double on upward and lateral gaze).
Mrs. Morris and I will be traveling to the hill country next week (lunch with John and Karen Myers), to Tybee Island/Savannah in July for a thirteen-family member vacation financed by deceased aunt, Katherine Reamer (for whom our Katherine is named), and then to southern France in September. We will both procrastinate on deciding what retirement really looks like. And no, I am not going to take up golf; I took a twelve-step program thirty years ago, and I have no intention of backsliding!
There was a southern-kingdom (i.e. Judah) king in the O.T. called Hezekiah, who was one of the good ones. Well, “In those days, Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death.” II Kings 20 tells us that Isaiah told him to get his house in order. Hezekiah simply prayed and cried and cried and prayed. Isaiah had to eat his words and then said these words of the Lord, “I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold I will heal you…and I will add fifteen years to your life.” Now to be clear, I am not of Hezekiah’s stuff, nor has an Isaiah spoken for the Lord to me guaranteeing health and many more years. For now, I take comfort in the God who hears and intervenes (two of His favorite activities). But just think of the celebration, and yes, tears, on the part of Heze’s family and friends when the news spread. So, that is where we are, whether it is fifteen years or fifteen days. There is no better way to wrap up this last update than to quote John as he closed Revelation and thus, the Bible: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”
Nancy and I love you all,[...]