Thanks everyone for another day of prayers. We really continue to feel all of your support and pleadings to God on our behalf. I have more mobility today, it's been easier moving my neck and getting in and out of bed. Even made a lap around the floor without my walker tonight. So we are really thankful.
On the future medical treatment front, we have a 1 pm appointment in Bloomington IN on Monday to get all the preparation steps for radiation taken care of there. We don't have all the details of the treatment figured out yet but will get the positioning devices made with the staff there on Monday and meet with Dr McDonald to discuss his plans for treatment. We have housing arranged for in Bloomington so that base is covered for now. We are hoping to be released here from the hospital sometime tomorrow as long as things continue to go well.
I'm blessed with a lot of caring family and co-workers who are helping with all the other research into the different forms of chemo and alternatives to it. So we've got some other doctors we are in the early stages of reaching out to in order to explore what might be applicable to my case. It seems that everyone agrees radiation is the next best step but the confidence in it is not so high that we pursue it only. We've got a lab in California doing some testing and checking into a doctor in Boston. There's a clinical trial at Northwestern that might be an option if radiation doesn't succeed. It just seems that this is so rare that it made sense to branch beyond the Mayo's family for this. Just pray that God would help direct us in sorting out these decisions as they are not always easy and take a lot of effort and time so we pray we can make good decisions quickly without wearing us all out. And meanwhile realizing that ultimately God is in control and we are not trying to discount his capability for just a plain old good fashioned miracle.
One last encouragement to you, as I was drifting to sleep last night and closed my eyes, I just saw this faint image filling the room of people standing around on all sides. It happened a couple different times as I opened and closed my eyes. I recognized a few of them as Bros from Tremont church, others I didn't recognize. It was one of the most re-assuring experiences I have had, as though this represented all those people, some I know, some I don't know, who are surrounding us with their prayers to God for us. I don't desire the pain for all my family and friends to watch us go through this, but experiences like this have sure built my faith, and I just don't think you can buy them any other way than going through suffering. The rest of you probably have been through experiences like this in life and I'm probably just the last one to experience it, but it really builds my appreciation for all of you.
Derek & Leann