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Posted 2018-06-02T19:59:06Z

June 2,2018

Dear ones,
 
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,[...]

Posted 2018-05-22T21:04:40Z

May 22, 2018

There are several reasons for tears.  Crying is one; but one could also have allergies, an infection, or a foreign body. Let’s talk about tears that come from crying which happens when the lacrimal glands’ production out-match the lacrimal ducts ability to get the tears into the nose, and one begins reaching for the Kleenex (preferably, Ultra Soft), begins blubbering, and develops aphasia (can’t talk well).  Over the past six months, Nancy and I have shed a few of those tears.  One thing that I have observed is that women cry in a more civilized fashion than men.  They always have a tissue while men go for the sleeve or blow on the grass.[...]

Posted 2018-05-08T22:57:35Z

May 8,2018

Dear ones,
 
This is a brief update to confirm that I completed the last of six chemotherapy sessions today!  It was certainly a unique feeling…some crying (Nancy and I do a lot of that), a lighter burden, and much thankfulness (i.e. there is Someone on the receiving end).  I have included a photo of me in the infusion chair and my faithful caregiver.
 
 
Dave/Daddy/Granddaddy/Doc Dave
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Posted 2018-04-26T20:00:24Z

April 26, 2018

Well, I have added another “ologist” to my list of specialists.  I saw a cardiologist yesterday (4/25/18) because of atrial flutter which had corrected on its own before the visit.  He was not too concerned and felt that chemo was the cause. I will start a low dose of flecanide for the next month.  In spite of my vast experience, expertise, wisdom, and good looks, I am still somewhat bewildered by the fact that one can swallow a pill and the heart settles down, or blood pressure lowers, or blood sugar goes down, or infection is controlled, or hair regrows.  It is indeed of grace and mercy that we live 2018 A.D.  [...]

Posted 2018-04-19T14:55:13Z

April 19, 2018

I have mentioned before the Biblical principle that prayer is a two-way street.  The benefit certainly applies to the one prayed for; but the benefit also applies to the one praying.  Let’s call it a win/winprocess.  There is also a Biblical principle found in II Corinthians 1:3 “Blessed be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, Who comforts us in our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” Paul repeats in verse 7, “Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.”  Let’s call it a suffering/solaceprocess.  When the Bible repeats itself, is redundant, says the same thing again, or reiterates (like I have just done), it’s time to pay attention.   
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Posted 2018-04-01T19:04:47Z

April 1, 2018

Easter seems like a good reason to send you an update.  This fourth (of six) rounds of chemo, combined with a spinal headache from the last spinal injection, has been a bear.  I am currently at day six after chemo and the nausea is improving and only a few episodes of vomiting.  The headache has been constant for twelve days and is improving.  In spite of my maturity, good looks, and great wisdom, my attitude resembled that of just a complainer.  Then, a dear friend, Donna Bland, started meddling, and she suggested that I view a presentation by Joni Eareckson Tada at the 2018 National Conference of Ligonier Ministries.  It turned a “woe is me” into a “wow is me.”   https://www.ligonier.org/learn/conferences/awakening-2018-national-conference/refined-by-fire/[...]

Posted 2018-03-20T22:00:33Z

March 21, 2018

There are two aspects to this update. First is the medical.  Second is the professional/social/demographic/financial/emotional.

First, my oncologist was all smiles yesterday.  So, I am about half-way through this, with three more chemo sessions and three more spinal taps.  Nancy and I are pleased, encouraged and blessed.  The side effects have been minimal, but I will let you know if I have vomiting, diarrhea, rash, joint pain, muscle pain, mouth ulcers, numbness in my feet, or severe grouchiness.[...]

Posted 2018-03-12T16:17:21Z

March 12, 2018

Dear ones,

This update is just to let you know that I am doing well.  This is day seven after chemo and things are looking up for the next two weeks; then it starts over…yuk and slowly, less yuk.  The last chemo is scheduled for May 8.  I still have to have three more spinal taps for methotrexate as a preventive.  I still have double vision which takes bicycle riding to a whole different level, literally.[...]

Posted 2018-02-17T16:52:25Z

Saturday, 2/17/18

Dear ones,

It’s Saturday morning, day five after the last chemo.  I am definitely stronger today with less nausea and fatigue.  The Lord has spared me the more significant side effects of GI issues, mouth sores, and rashes. Those specific prayers have been answered.  The visual acuity of my right eye is close to normal and I see a single image when reading, but I still see double on upward gazing.  So, continue to pray for the lymphoma to go away and specifically for the double vision to resolve.[...]