Monday, January 31, 2005

Monday, Monday

Monday, January 31, 2005 10:44 AM CST

Monday, Monday....

Not a lot new to report. The roller coaster has seemed to slow down for a bit, anyway!

Dave's recovery continues to move forward. This third time is a little harder, a little slower.

Dave got his staples out on Friday (a bit of a painful process...Dr. Sacks gave me the tweezers so Dave could pinch him next time he's in!)

They also checked his platelets. They were low again, 52,000. So he got an infusion of platelets on Friday afternoon. His platelets were 71,000 on Monday, so they aren't dropping as fast as they were. That's good news, as it means that he is finally beginning to make his own platelets. They will check his platelets again on Wednesday.

Next leg of the journey (also known as "when the roller coaster starts up again"), we travel to Seattle on Wednesday and meet with Dr. Rockhill about the gamma knife. Then we will meet with Dr. Spence. The meeting with Dr. Spence is crucial. He'll be recommending a chemo regimen, and we have lots of questions for him. There's a good chance that we will want to seek a second opinion from Duke and/or San Francisco. The chemo piece will be the key to keeping this thing from growing again, and UW doesn't have the most aggressive approach.

They will also do an MRI to see how much the residual tumor has grown in 2 weeks. It's on the big side for gamma knife already, so if it has grown much at all, they may not be able to do the gk. So, please pray that the residual tumor has remained stable and is within the size limits for the gamma knife.

Denise will be there with us for gk, and Angel Jodie will be our nurse again. Mom and Dad will be holding down the fort with the kids. Thanks to Mom & Dad and Bob & Judy for all their help these past two weeks.

Blessings to each of you who take the time to read this, who take the time to pray for Dave and our family. Dave really appreciates the notes on the guestbook, and he LOVES it when people write in with the nicknames...Sherriff, Gilligan, Charlie, and others....Thanks! It made Dave smile.

Please pray for our friend, Mark, his 4 children and wife, and his mom, Marguerite. Mark is a 5 year survivor of a brain tumor and has been in the hospital since Monday. The doctors here are not offering any options, so they are seeking advice from other places. Please pray that they will find what is needed to bring healing and health to Mark.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Conspiracy of Hope

Wednesday, January 26, 2005 2:00 PM CST

SPECIAL EVENT TONIGHT AND THURSDAY NIGHT!!

CONSPIRACY OF HOPE CONCERT
WALLA WALLA HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
7:00 PM
SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY THE GUITAR MAN DAVE

DON'T MISS IT!
PROCEEDS BENEFIT TSUNAMI VICTIMS

**For medical update from yesterday...good news!...see journal history.

**See new photos on the photo page.

MORE GOOD NEWS: The ambulance bill has been taken care of, turns out it fell through the cracks and had never been submitted to insurance! Whew! Thank you Paul and Teri for your offers of assistance in the legal matters. You guys are amazing!

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Dr. Rocklin Rocks

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 8:44 PM CST

Well, we finally talked to a doctor that had real information for us. We talked to Dr. Rockhill (Rocklin?) at the Gamma Knife Center at Harborview.

First: pathology report. Dave's tumor has not gotten more aggressive since last surgery. This is good news. It's still an Anaplastic Astrocytoma III. Tumors are graded from I-IV. I being a slower-growing, less infiltrating tumor and IV being the most aggressive and malignant. Dave's tumor was initially a grade II eight years ago. The tumors tend to become more aggressive over time. The best explanation of why is that during each treatment (radiation or chemo) you will kill off tumor cells. The cells that die first are the least aggressive, leaving the hardiest, most aggressive cells that multiply. Anyway, we were relieved that we are not dealing with a grade IV, more commonly known as GBM or glioblastoma multiforme.

Second: some of the tissue that was removed was necrosis. Necrosis is dead tissue from radiation. This can cause swelling and other problems. This is from his previous gamma knife treatment. It is difficult on an MRI to tell the difference between tumor growth and necrosis. Sometimes a PET scan can tell the difference, but not always. So it turns out that all the "growth" they saw on the scan was not live tissue. This is a good thing...it means the previous gamma knife did kill some tumor. The problem with radiation necrosis is that it can cause the same problems that the original tumor did. There is a pretty good explanation of all that at http://www.braintumorfoundation.org/tumors/gamma.htm

Third: some of the tissue they removed was LOWER grade. This is amazingly good news.

Fourth: the tumor board all agrees that the remainder of the tumor should be treated with gamma knife. The surgeon did not remove this last part because is is deep in the motor strip and he felt would certainly leave Dave with some left side paralysis. So they feel that treating it with gamma knife is the best way to go.

Fifth: the downside: Treating the residual tumor with gamma knife will almost certainly cause swelling in that area, which means that Dave will have some left-side motor problems. How much is not known. Initially, it will subside when treated with steroids and as time lets the swelling subside. The problem is that in 3-6 months when the cells of the tumor in that area begin to die off, we could face radiation necrosis again, which would cause left-side motor problems, which would likely be permanent and if the necrosis is bad enough, might require more surgery to remove it.

Our alternatives are to: 1) Do nothing and watch. This option is unacceptable. The tumor would grow and cause the same problems....and worse. or 2) Try another chemo to see if it would shrink the tumor. All the tumor board docs agree that since Dave is young and relatively deficit-free that the more aggressive approach is what we should do, even given the risks. They were not hopeful that the tumor would respond to any conventional chemotherapies, as it has already developed resistance to the best chemos available. After gamma knife, we will be adding a new chemo regimen, but it has a better chance to work in combination with the radiation.

So, we are scheduled for gamma knife on Thursday, February 3rd. We'll go to meet with both the gamma knife guy (Dr. Rock-n-Roll as Dave calls him) and the neuro-onc (Dr. Spence) on the Wednesday before. Dr. Rock also said that they would do an MRI and that there is the real possibility that the tumor will have grown enough in these two weeks since surgery to make it ineligible for gamma knife.

So that's the deal. Dave will get his staples out on Friday here in WW. HOORAY!

So prayer requests:

1. First, foremost, obviously and always: pray for complete and total eradication of every cancer cell from Dave's body.

2. Pray that the tumor will not grow so they can perform the gamma knife.

3. Pray the gamma knife will target the tumor, spare surrounding tissue and that Dave will experience minimal swelling and no problematic necrosis, so that he'll retain full use of his left side....he really wants to still be able to play his guitar!

4. Pray that the next chemo regimen will be the one that this tumor is sensitive to and that the chemo will kill any remaining cells and keep the tumor from growing.

I think that's it. If you've hung with me this far, thanks for reading, thanks for caring, thanks for praying. I hope I remembered everything.

Love you all, Shelley

Monday, January 24, 2005

Platelets

Monday, January 24, 2005 9:25 PM CST

Monday night.

Dave went to the hospital to get his platelets checked. I'm worried because he is having a lot of nausea, and threw up today. This could mean increased intracranial pressure.

He decided to take a nap before going to the hospital. Grrr. Finally went, and his platelets are down to 77,000. Which is low, but not critically low. The doctor at the cancer center didn't seem to think he needed an infusion. They were going to check with Dr. Spence. Who incidentally didn't have a clue that Dave had required daily transfusions of platelets while in the hospital. We'll do some more checking tomorrow. It's so frustrating. Why didn't I go to med school?

I did get a wonderful note of apology from PiHi. They have revised their policy and will be reviewing the students on a case-by-case basis before sending out any of those blanket form letters. They were very nice about it, and very sorry that they had caused us additional stress. It was nice to be heard.

Didn't work on the ambulance thing today. Some things have to wait until tomorrow.

Thanks for all your support. You guys are da bomb. Love you all. Shelley

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Home

Sunday, January 23, 2005 11:30 PM CST

Wow, what an experience. We got up this morning, and made it to church. Now we are really home. It was incredible. All those smiling faces. To see so many who had held us up all week was wonderful, to hear the voices lifted in song. You truly are His hands, His feet, doing His work. We remain awed and humbled by the love we are shown.

Dave is resting. Finally through with all the poking they do in the ICU, he is able to really sleep.

He's looking more bruised today, but less puffy. Balance is still an issue, and you know our Dave. Why only do one flight of stairs when you can do two? Why ask for help if you think you can get it on your own? Heavens, I think.....he survived brain surgery only to kill himself on the stairs!! He's getting better about letting us help him.

We'll go to the hospital tomorrow to check the platelets. I'm worried, since he had at least one infusion of platelets each day in the hospital and it's been 2 days since they've been checked.

Hopefully, we'll hear from gamma knife tomorrow.

Dave's spirits are good. I ask him how he feels, and he says TERRIFIC! It's amazing. I think I use that word a lot, but I can't find another that does him justice. He's a strong and courageous warrior, doing battle with the armour of God protecting him.

Thank you for the smiles, the hugs, the food, the flowers, the notes, the financial help with the extra travel and medical expenses, and the prayers and especially the love. Without love, we are nothing.Sunday, January 23, 2005 11:30 PM CST

Wow, what an experience. We got up this morning, and made it to church. Now we are really home. It was incredible. All those smiling faces. To see so many who had held us up all week was wonderful, to hear the voices lifted in song. You truly are His hands, His feet, doing His work. We remain awed and humbled by the love we are shown.

Dave is resting. Finally through with all the poking they do in the ICU, he is able to really sleep.

He's looking more bruised today, but less puffy. Balance is still an issue, and you know our Dave. Why only do one flight of stairs when you can do two? Why ask for help if you think you can get it on your own? Heavens, I think.....he survived brain surgery only to kill himself on the stairs!! He's getting better about letting us help him.

We'll go to the hospital tomorrow to check the platelets. I'm worried, since he had at least one infusion of platelets each day in the hospital and it's been 2 days since they've been checked.

Hopefully, we'll hear from gamma knife tomorrow.

Dave's spirits are good. I ask him how he feels, and he says TERRIFIC! It's amazing. I think I use that word a lot, but I can't find another that does him justice. He's a strong and courageous warrior, doing battle with the armour of God protecting him.

Thank you for the smiles, the hugs, the food, the flowers, the notes, the financial help with the extra travel and medical expenses, and the prayers and especially the love. Without love, we are nothing.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Whine with that Cheese, Michelle?

Saturday, January 22, 2005 8:14 PM CST

We're home!!! Hooray! Dave is looking better each day. His left side weakness is about the same as yesterday. He says his left leg just sometimes decides to say, "see ya!" and leaves. So far so good on the stairs, tho. His thought processes and response time are better than before surgery. Praise the Lord! Now if we can just find a way to keep it from growing again.

Now the complaints. Just time for me to whine, I guess. Feel free to check out now.

1. Pioneer Middle School has the NERVE to send me a nasty letter about Zach's absences. Geeze. The kid broke his arm and has a sick dad. And still had a 3.85 at last grade report. Imagine. *sarcasm on* Good thing I kept them informed about what was going on, asked for his assignments ahead of time and helped him keep caught up in classes. *sarcasm off* (Well, he did fall behind in science some, but should be caught up by Monday.) Just irksome. You'd think those absences were for shopping trips. Grr!

2. The ambulance company in Pasco is sending us to collections because our insurance still hasn't paid the $777 that it cost to transport Z to the hospital when he broke his arm.

3. We STILL don't know when gamma knife is.

4. The oncologist from UW had nothing to tell me, just that he'd talk to Dr. Sacks.

Okay, I think I need some sleep and a good cry. Must be all that driving. I think I have ITF disorder....inability to tolerate frustration.

Tomorrow will be better. Love, Shelley

Friday, January 21, 2005

Smiles for Friday

Friday, January 21, 2005 6:03 PM CST

Man, was I tired last night! Look at all those typos!

Today is a good day. First some jokes.

Nurse: "Dave, are you an organ donor?"
Dave: "Yes I am, but not today or tomorrow."


Dave, looking out at torrential rain on the pass and over a foot of standing water: "How ya doin', Denise?"
Denise: "We don't need chains...we need a BOAT!"

Michelle, to Judy as Erik, Peter and Mark tell the ICU nurses that they are ALSO Dave's brothers so they can get in to see him, "So how was it raising 7 boys?"
Judy: "Well, after the first 3 it was a piece of cake!"

Dave was discharged today. We still don't have a date for gamma knife, but it looks like probably next week or the week after.

His platelets are barely holding, but they didn't have to give him an infusion today, so hopefully they're on the way back up. He'll get checked in WW Monday or Tuesday.

Dave is gaining strength and balance quickly. Each day brings great progress. He's still got quite a bit of work to do, and tends to run into that left side wall, but he's doing well, and can do the stairs, so that's good.

His faith and magnetic personality still shine through. There was a woman in the waiting room who was also visiting a woman in the bed next to Dave. When we went into the hall to practice the stairs, she heard Dave say he was thirsty. She ran to the cafeteria and got him some water. There was another gentleman visiting his son. He got up to congratulate Dave and wish him well. People are so wonderful.

We're in Kelso right now, and will spend the night here. Then with our escorts, Bob & Judy, we'll make the rest of the drive tomorrow. Dave can't wait to see the kids. When I get a little sleep, I'll log the stories of the kids & ICU. Got a few pictures, too.

Thank you, thank you for everything. KOKO!

PS. Please pray for Allison. She is 10 years old. She has a tumor in the brain stem. Her 2 year survival anniversary was yesterday. She is an amazing little girl, and this disease has ravaged her. After surgery, radiation and chemo, she was hospitalized for 4 months, couldn't talk for 3 months, and now, 2 years later, she still uses a wheelchair. She continues to improve, and her tumor was stable at last MRI. She has an MRI coming up soon. Although I will probably never know the outcome, I pray for her and her family. Her grandmother was Dave's roommate in ICU...she has colon cancer that has spread throughout her abdomen. This family has been hit very hard.

We are very blessed. In the brain tumor/cancer world, we are one of the few, very lucky ones. Please pray that this merciful gift will continue for us, and be granted to others like Allison. If you can order a gray wristband from www.abta.org the proceeds go to brain cancer research. Love, peace and joy to each of you.

typo-city

Friday, January 21, 2005 2:41 AM CST

Hello everyone. Dave continues to amaze us with his resilience, strength and faith. He's doing reallly well today. His eye is really, really puffy from fluid buildup, but it's starting to go down. He got up and walked a little today, and he found it exhausting and he was pretty wobblly, it was good to see him up and around with thatfamous smile..

we still haven't heard much. there is some residual tumor, and they think they can gamma knife that but we don't know when that will be. We'll get pathology report and chem plan next Friay when they take out his staples. He's scheduled togo home tomorrow!!

I am in awe of him. Icannot believe how well he is doing. Hispersonality is definitely intact. He's the same sweet guy. And h did tell me "not today" for those of yu that know that signal.

Well working on a very stragne keyboard, and very tired. Will see you soon. Thank you for everything. PS. we go a great nurse today!

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Healing Service

Thursday, January 20, 2005 1:30 AM CST

Hello faithful prayer warriors!! Keep it up!! It's working, it's working, God is merciful and great and hears our every prayer, knowing our every need before we ask.

Dave is in pretty good spirits this evening. He is processing so much quicker than before the surgery, and the droop on his face is completely gone. He is able to move his arm completely and freely and is also able to move his leg. He is weak, but this will resolve with work and time and as the swelling goes down.

He takes such strength from knowing how many are praying for him and thinking of him. Please keep those notes coming, they mean the world.

My mom and dad took the kids home today, travel was good. Hooray. Bob & Judy and Bob, Mindy & kids and Greg, Stephanie and kids are staying until tomorrow. Denise is right here beside me, every step of the way. Thanks for the note Bonnie, Dave needs me, and I'm glad I have Denise to keep me going and mom & dad to make sure the kids are okay.

The docs from tumor board met and then shared the results....WITH DAVE!!! What were they thinking??? He isn't quite sure what they said. He thinks gamma knife is coming, but he also said tonight and his nurse looked at him like he had a hole in his head...ha (okay, bad pun, but it's almost midnight and Denise and I are doing laundry, so we're entitled. Ask us about the green puzzle sometime! The one with the ducks.)

Dave's pain is better, they have him on oral pain med (oxycodone) now rather than morphine, so he's more alert.

The OT came and tried to get Dave to stand up. He said, "Nope, not gonna do it, my head hurts." So the PT came, made him stand up and he promptly threw up on her. Serves her right, I'd say. He's been getting zofran for the nausea.

I forgot to check on platelets tonight, they did have to give him additional platelets this morning.

He had the nurse from hell all day today, but the night nurse is a gem. Let's hope that it's better tomorrow. I think the nurse was just mad that we took over the waiting room. We had 20 people here supporting Dave all yesterday and today. Plus Erik, Evy, Canute, Sonja, Mark, and then some school folks dropped by. How great that there was an OSPI conference in Seattle. Thanks for coming, Brian, Ron, Kenny, Malia, Missy and Rob.

Thanks for everything. Now, like Zach said, "God, do your stuff...amen!"

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Post-Surgery Update

Wednesday, January 19, 2005 3:08 PM CST

Dearest Ones,
it's noon on Wednesday. Last night was pretty scary. They finished surgery around 6:00 and we talked to the doctor who said that everything went fine "mechanically" and that we'd have to wait and see when Dave woke up how things were.

We got to see Dave in the recovery room around 7:00 and he was very groggy. Much more so than the other times. Turns out that he was shaking very badly after surgery, from the trauma to his brain/body and the loss of blood so they gave him demerol. This made it much harder for him to wake up. He seemed very out of it, not too responsive and he had great difficulty moving his left side. After very many tries by me and the nurse, he finally did move his left hand and leg a little.

At around 8:00, they took him to ICU. We got to see him around 10:00. He was a little more with it then. He opened his eyes and when I said he had scared me, he said, "Typical Meyer move!" And I knew we were okay then. He was still experiencing a lot of weakness and difficulty on the left side, and with so much bleeding there was a real risk of that being due to a stroke. So they ordered an MRI. I looked at the order and it said "urgent" with really freaked me out. I tell you, I don't think I've ever prayed so hard. They took him to MRI about 10:30 and I asked the doctor to come tell me about the results.

FINALLY, at 2:30 he did. He was not Dave's neurosurgeon, he was an intern or resident of some sort....he was in with Dave during surgery. Anyway, he said that the MRI looked good, that he didn't see any bleeding. He was not able to hazard a guess about how much of the tumor they were able to remove. He did say they checked the margins carefully, which involves removing what they think is tumor, and then taking a small sample of the surrounding tissue and doing a frozen section to see if there are malignant cells in that tissue. He said that the tumor board would meet this after noon to determine a lot of things: 1. Grade of the tumor (how aggressive it is...graded on a I, II, III or IV. Dave's was a III, it may have changed.) 2. How much tumor was removed, how much remains. 3. If they need to do gamma knife on any remaining tumor. 4. The next chemo protocol.

When we saw Dave this morning, he was much better! Praise the Lord for his merciful love and his mighty protection! He is getting stronger on his left side and he is talking to us, just like Dave! He's having less difficulty opening his eyes and the droop on the left side of his face looks better to me.

Dave did have to have another infusion of platelets today. Please pray his body will rebound and heal from the effects of the last chemo (carboplatin) and begin making his own platelets.

He is in some pain, but because they did the MRI so soon, this time he is able to have some morphine. They usually only give tylenol after brain surgery because the narcotics can mask the symptoms of a brain bleed.

They had placed a drain in the surgical cavity to prevent fluid build-up in his brain. That has been removed.

They have given the order for him to move to the medical floor and out of ICU as soon as a bed opens up. That's great news.

The kids were able to see him this morning and are quite reassured after seeing that Dad is still Dad.

Please pray for:

Dave to be able to make his own platelets and for all bleeding to continue to be controlled.

For pain relief for Dave.

For strength and control to return fully to his left side. I mean, he HAS to be able to play his guitar, and that requires a dexterous left hand!

Safe travel for my parents and the kids as they go back to Walla Walla this afternoon.

Peace of mind for the children as they have to be away from Dave and I.

We love you all so much. Thank you for your love and your prayers and your support.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Surgery

Tuesday, January 18, 2005 6:50 PM CST

It's Tuesday at almost 5:00 pm. Dave went into surgery at noon and they started operating at about 1:00. They expect the surgery to last until about 6:00 pm. Dave is holding his own, but his platelets were very low despite 3 transfusions. He has had a lot of bleeding and they are concerned, so they were just starting a transfusion when they called me at 4:00.

We came to the hospital last night and they admitted Dave to administer the platelets. His count was around 20,000 and they wanted him at 100,000 to do surgery. Normal is around 400,000. The second transfusion brought him to 127,000. Please pray that the bleeding will be completely controlled.

The trip here was awful, there was freezing rain, snow, ice and flooding. It took us 9 hours to get to Seattle. They closed the pass right after we got through. Thank you for your prayers, we got here safely and just in time.

Seems the power of prayer for Dave is red hot, literally. Last time we were in Seattle for surgery, the hotel caught fire. Today there was a fire in the hospital. We were evacuated, and the fire trucks came, but it was cleared up pretty quickly. The nurse from surgery that I talked to didn't even know it happened, so that was good.

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. KOKO!!

Friday, January 14, 2005

Surgery

Friday, January 14, 2005 0:00 AM CST

Okay, now we heard back from the tumor board at UW. The surgeon who did Dave's last surgery is confident that he can remove 90% of this new growth. Then the gamma knife guy said it would be small enough to gamma knife the rest of it. He said the goal would be to get Dave back to "microscopic disease" before starting another chemo. Wow!

This was unexpected, and sudden. They are convinced we have no time to wait. I am, too. We will meet with the surgeon tomorrow. Please pray for safe travel and for the docs to have supernatural, God-inspired wisdom as we come up with the RIGHT plan.

We're probably looking at surgery Wednesday.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Duke

Thursday, January 13, 2005 6:25 PM CST

Heard from Dr. Friedman at Duke today. He is *the* BT guy in the US. He said for Dave to have this next round of carboplatin then get an MRI and send him the scans and he'll help us with the next step. I feel soooo much better having him on board.

The gamma knife board reviewed Dave's scans and they are certain that the enlargement on the scans represents new growth. He said one of the larger lesions may have necrosis in the middle of it, but that overall the scan shows progression of the tumor.

The UW tumor board reviewed Dave's scans yesterday to see about adding another agent to the current chemo and to check the possibility of more surgery. The gamma knife guy (Dr. Rocklin) didn't think that surgery would be an option due to location of the tumor. He also said that more gamma knife is not an option because the growth is too big. And besides, obviously the gamma knife didn't work.

So, pray that this carboplatin is doing its job. Dave has been pretty ill, he's very nauseous all the time and is very tired. He's falling asleep at every chance. How he works at school all day I'll never know.

His next infusion is scheduled for the 20th, we'll schedule an MRI for shortly after that. Meantime, keep up that most powerful weapon in our arsenal...PRAYER!

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Whew!

Sunday, January 16, 2005 1:37 AM CST

*SEE NEW PHOTOS ON PHOTO PAGE*

Whew! What a day!

We left Friday morning around 6 am and went to Seattle. Praise the Lord, the roads were clear. We spent about 5 hours at the hospital, and met with Dr. Silbergeld and Dr. Rocklin. Dr. S is certain he can remove at least 90%f the tumor.

The tumor is in a less tricky spot this time, as far as critical brain structures, so that's good. It is very near some major blood vessels which is a big concern. Bleeding in the brain is a real problem, your brain is about the consistency of custard, so there's no way to stitch that, in case of bleeding. Dr. S said that given the situation, the surgery is about as risky as it was last time.

We met the Haroldsons at Spaghetti Factory for a lovely dinner. Took a little detour getting back to the freeway. As a leader, Erik...fabulous, as a follower, me...not so much.

We heard from Dr. S's nurse, Cynthia, and she said that Dave's platelets were low from the chemo, so he needed a platelet infusion right away and to go to the ER when we got back to Walla Walla. We did. They, of course, knew nothing of what we were talking about. Finally woke up 3 different doctors, but it took Jim Butler, nurse extraordinaire, to get the ball rolling. Unfortunately, they had to order platelets from Portland. Soooooo....we went home at 2 am, got a little sleep, put Kenny on the ski bus at 6:30, and later went to the hospital to have the platelet infusion. They will check his platelets again before surgery and probably give him more just to be safe.

The surgery is scheduled for Tuesday the 18th. He goes for an MRI at 10 and then goes into surgery around 11am. Please pray for him and the surgeons at that time. He will be at the UW Medical Center, and will probably be there until Friday. They will do an MRI on Wednesday to determine whether they can do gamma knife again or not, and that will be done before he leaves the hospital.

Today, we celebrated Kate's 9th birthday. We took a bunch of little girls ice skating. What a wild ride. They had a lot of fun.

There will be a healing service for Dave at the College Place Presbyterian Church tomorrow, Sunday, at 7 pm. We'd love to see you if you can make it. It's a time for prayer, worship, anointing with oil and laying on of hands.

Thanks to everyone who's helping out....grandparents with the kids, Wendye the ever-faithful, Karen with the travel snacks, Mindy with the care package and everyone with meals. We are so grateful.

Now pray for this darn snow to stop so we can get back to Seattle!! :-)

Love you all, m

Monday, January 03, 2005

Chemo Sick

Monday, January 3, 2005 11:26 AM CST

Well, Dave is sick. He went to work anyway, but he's quite nauseated. This is good news, we think. The last chemo didn't make him sick, and it didn't work. Maybe this is a sign it's doing its job. Please, God, help this chemo attack every last malignant cell and eradicate all signs of cancer. In His precious name, Amen.