Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Day in the Life . . . And Something Completely Different

Yesterday was a busy day. In the morning, my wife drove me to Honesdale for physical therapy. By God's grace, I am making good progress in increasing the mobility of both my knee and ankle joints on the right side. From there, we drove to Allentown for Round 7 of chemotherapy (This one was an outpateient treatment.).

We arrived at 12:30, our scheduled time, only to find that they were backed up (The day after a holiday weekend us always like this, we were told.) By 1:30, we saw a nurse who told us that she was going to have to draw blood for a CBC panel. Apparently, my platelet count had dropped on Friday. If the platelet count was not up, the treatment would have to be delayed. By 2:00, the blood test came back. The platelet count was up, but the hemoglobin level had dropped. By 2:30, another conversation took place between the nurse and my oncologist's office, and it was decided that we would proceed with the treatment. The nurse told us, however, that I might need to come back down for a blood transfusion within a few days. We would need to watch for headaches, fatigue, or loss of breath. By 6:30, we were on the road home.

This morning, by the time I got washed and dressed and came downstairs, I was out of breath. In another hour, we will be going to hear my son and the other seniors give their senior testimonies before the entire school -another highlight of the end of the year. After that, my wife will be calling the oncologist's office to give an update on my condition and see what they want to do.

Graduation is nine days away, and I am praying that I will be healthy enough to not only attend, but to serve as the commencement speaker. For me, there is no option. I am going to be there and I am going to speak. But, truthfully, I do not know what God has planned. As much as I want to be there and to share my thoughts with the graduating class, I know that God's plan is perfect. He knows best. And I must surrender to His will, with joy and contentment.

And now for something completely different . . .

On Monday, I took some time to read over a collection of quotations that I have been building for a few years. It doesn't have anything to do with what I have just written, but I wanted to share it with you today.

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of my life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same. C.S. Lewis

1 comment:

Jeremiah Covenant Marriage said...

Even if I get what you said, my views are still so different. I guess being in so many symposiums, life discussions and
Covenant Marriage Seminars seminars have nurtured this kind of thinking.