A week ago Friday, Craig and I took Naomi out for her very belated 18th birthday dinner. We went to our favorite special place, La Fermata. Craig had 18 red roses waiting at our table for her and we enjoyed our evening immensely. We are so blessed by this beautiful and godly young woman.
|Our beautiful Naomi with her 18 roses|
That night........Selah woke up sick. The next morning, I too was sick. Several of us came down with a stomach virus that put us out of commission for about four days. I am thankful not everyone got it. I was worried because we had a very busy week ahead of us. This is why I have not been on my computer at all for over a week. By Tuesday, we were all back amongst the living. Tuesday evening we had the privilege to host our beloved missionary and friend, Michael Wonser, in our home. This was our mission's conference week.
|A sick Selah|
Wednesday, Anna had her weekly check up in Tacoma. We didn't get her blood counts as they didn't take her labs until late in the appointment. Dr. I was able to speak with a CML expert who told him that it would be okay for Anna to be off of cancer meds for up to one month. This was a relief as we had still not heard from the insurance company concerning her new meds. We also were told that only 1% of CML patients a year experience adverse effects from the cancer drugs. We always knew our Anna was special! =) Saturday, I received a letter from Regence overturning their original decision to reject the request for the new medicine, Dasatinib. We will be getting this soon! Praise the Lord! Craig asked Dr. I what a reasonable time frame to transplant would be if she reacts badly to this one, and he said probably about six weeks. As soon as we get the meds, we will have about one to two weeks before we will know for sure if we should push forward. We are prepared for whatever the Lord desires.
|Anna's beautiful smile|
Wednesday evening, we had the opportunity to enjoy the teachings of another dear missionary and friend, Bro. Tom Tracht as well as Bro. Wonser in our Bible study classes. Thursday, we took the full day to spend time with these dear friends. We walked on to the ferry and then on over to the Aquarium. The children had so much fun being together and looking at all of the sea creatures on display. It was really neat as we got to be there during feeding time! On our way back, we all got a giant cookie and loaded back onto the ferry. At home, we ate dinner together and the men went over to Craig's study where they were joined by others for school of ministry. The children and I enjoyed this extra bit with Mrs. Tracht and her children. Friday evening was a wonderful beginning to our conference. Saturday started at 10 a.m. and went until 3 p.m., with a stop for lunch of soup and sandwiches. Sunday was the grand finale! All weekend we were blessed with challenges from the Word of God and our hearts were stirred by amazing testimonies from these heroes of the faith! Sunday evening we had our international dinner. The sanctuary was transformed into a banquet room, tables decked out with beautifully crafted cards with pictures of individual missionary families that we support on them. The food was amazing! Everyone went out of their way to make this a wonderful feast! While this was a busy weekend, I am sad it is over. Sad at the fact that it will be another FOUR years before we see the beautiful Tracht family again. Blessed though that we will get to see the entire Wonser family this May! And blessed that we had this moment in time.
|Julia and Trenton having fun at the Aquarium|
By the end of the evening, I sought out my very tired children to say our tearful goodbyes and to load up into the van. As I was doing this, I was approached and told that my son, Samuel, needed me. He was sitting in the rocking chair of the nursery, white as a sheet. His eyes were dilated and he was burning up. He said he almost passed out on his way up the hill as he was running a quick errand, and then again as he came back down. He was feeling dizzy and his hands were freezing cold, he told me that his bones were aching and his spine and neck hurt with intensity. His heart was racing. I worried as I heard this~ meningitis was in my thoughts. I ran up and got our "resident" nurse, Susan. I told her what was going on and asked her opinion. I didn't want to over react or under react in my thoughts or actions. But the first thing she said was the very thing I had thought. I then ran and got my husband from a meeting. He jumped immediately into action and took Samuel to the ER. It is always concerning to me when you get brought back right away and he did. His heart rate was 104 and blood pressure was high. He had a fever of 108! I asked Sam this morning what the hospital staff said about his temp, and he told me that he knew they were really stressed about it but trying very hard to not let him know that things looked bad.....he knew. (Okay, my hubby said his temp was actually 103, this explains to me why he was released! LOL! I think Sam was a bit out of it) They gave him something for the pain and Tyelonol for his fever. It did work it's way down eventually. They did a spinal tap as they too thought meningitis. His fluids were clear! Praise the Lord! And the test results were negative for meningitis, again, praise the Lord! Around three this morning, Craig, Bro. Wonser, and Samuel were headed down the hall to come home. The doctor was passing through and took a look at Sam, then brought a wheel chair to him and brought him back to his room to observe him a bit longer. Forty-five minutes later, they were headed home. Samuel is under orders to stay in bed this week, resting and drinking plenty of fluids. His fever is gone, but he is still in pain and very worn out. We again praise the Lord for doctors and nurses and their care for our child. Please pray he makes a full recovery soon.
"It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. I know, O Lord, that thy judgements are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight." Psalm 119:71-77