We've had a grieving week, but have felt overwhelmed with the love of family and friends, and the Lord's faithfulness. If there can be a perfect passing of a loved one, I feel like we had that. Derek's place at his desk, the table, at work, on the patio, is vacant here. We miss him sorely. With the great expectation of seeing him again and having assurance where he is now and what all he might be enjoying, we get through each day, comforted by the Holy presence of Jesus in our hearts.
On another note, I had a shoulder tendon tear last year which led to months of physical therapy, a cortisone shot, etc, and finally an MRI of my neck to check for disk bulge. The MRI was the 9th, and it showed no disk bulges. However, it showed a 2 cm thyroid nodule. Based on the history with Derek, my inclination with the support of my two sets of parents was to come to Mayo Clinic and get answers fast. I realize many are benign. I've just completed the fine needle biopsy, and am waiting on the doctor visit which won't probably have the final results yet, but may indicate if it is concerning or whether surgery will be necessary. It seems like strange timing to me, but as I laid on the table for the biopsy I had lots of thoughts of Derek thinking of him going through so much of what he did without complaining and with plenty of patience to go around. It helped me to think of his steadfastness.
So, I will try to update when I learn more. Prayers are so appreciated for our family. The kids and their caretakers, my anxiety level, our grieving process, and so much more. Health if it can be God's plans for us. Thank you for your love.
Rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, in every thing give thanks.