The Waiting Room
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At chemo you are seen by different people, so it isn't unusual to sit in the waiting room three different times during your visit. Waiting room-Blood test;-waiting room- medical check-up; waiting room-chemo room (infusion room) and then you are finally cleared for chemo. I'm thankful for the care that Tom is getting. Every week there is no chemo until everyone agrees that he is healthy enough for a treatment. We always breathe a sigh of relief when they say, "OK, we are set to go." There have been two times when that didn't happen and it is very demoralizing. With every treatment, Tom says, "We're one step closer to being done."
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld talks about waiting rooms in a humorous but I try not to look around at the other patients. It is hard to see so many very sick people. I dug out my knitting needles and have started projects to use the time. It acts both as a distraction and I'm ending up with dish cloths. Many dish cloths. I picked a very easy pattern so I don't have to think while knitting. I'm not varying my pattern because I don't want to have to keep track of anything. I'm only changing the color of the yarn. Warning-I may be giving gifts of dish cloths over the next months. If you're interested in a cotton hand-knitted dish cloth-just ask!
Tom has been plugging through his treatments. He has only 8 more to go. We are looking at being done before Thanksgiving. Won't that be a wonderful blessing to praise God for?
His greatest side effect has been fatigue which gets worse with every treatment. We are adjusting our family life to get through this new normal. But when Tom feels up to it, we try to get out. Even if Tom has to sit in the car, we enjoy new scenery.
Our place in Florida came through Hurricane Irma with a small amount of damage. There are so many stories to tell about the hurricane that I will do a blog post soon telling all about it.
|The screens were damaged on our sun porch but that appears to be the worst of the damage in Florida|
I've spent time with each of our children this past month (and grandchildren). We visited Jen and Sudeep in Lansing to see our youngest grandchild, Wally. He's growing up quickly and is a joy.
|Wally at 8 months|
|Kristen and Chris at Stark County Concert Band Outdoor Concert|
I had an opportunity to work with Tommy last week. He is a quality system consultant. As part of his job, he teaches multi-day seminars at companies and colleges throughout West Michigan. I helped out for a day at a company in Holland. People are always surprised when he introduces me and tells me that I'm his mother. I guess not too many consultants bring their mother to help out. I consider it a privilege.
Tommy leading a class discussion
Eric is busy helping with the start-up of a new restaurant in Grand Rapids. Citizen will open later this fall. But last Sunday Eric lead the service at our church, Alto Faith Bible. It is always a joy to see your children use their talents in service for God.
We pray for our many friends and family. I pray that whatever waiting room God has you in now that you will hear your name called with the answer to that prayer you are asking God for.