This update on Don just arrived. Their sweet spirit is nothing short of inspirational. The challenge for Don is that the chemo treatments for his non Hodgkins lymphoma is very hard on his body. His platelet count, red blood count and white blood count always bottom out when he gets a treatment. It requires large amounts of prayers and patience, and many transfusions to raise the counts so that he can get another treatment. Read as they once again take sour lemons and make very sweet lemonade.
Don and Jo Ann, thank you for being so positive. You set a wonderful example for us of God’s Grace and Peace as you travel done your cancer path.
“Ahoy to all of our faithful prayer warriors. We are at the Clinic today for blood work. The blood draw was done at 8:00 by a very special tech. named Herooth. She is a cute little lady from Ethiopia. She loves Don and always seems happy to see him. Don gives her a hard time and today she put red tape over the cotton that covered the puncture site. She told him that she bet that his wife would love to have some of the red tape so that she could put it over his mouth to keep him quite. ha ha
Don came out of her room laughing and told me. We shared the thought that Herooth knew him well.
The report on the blood work showed that the platelets were eleven (up from five on Mon.). We are now in the Transfusion Unit getting eight . units of platelets. The white blood count was 0.7 which is very low. When the white count is this low, Don must wear a mask, no fresh vegs. or fruit, and can not be around people. He would not be able to fight off any kind of infection. So I guess we will be staying close to the apartment until Mon. when they check his blood again and make a lot of good lemonade.
We want to thank all of you and express how blessed we are by the wonderful messages on the care page, the phone calls, the heartfelt cards and most of all for the prayers. God seems to send angels to minister to us when we need it. We pray that God bless each angel ten fold. You can not out give God and because you have given so much to us, you need to get ready for abundant blessings.
Smooth sailing, Captain and Mate”