This is just a quick update post since I have not posted much in the last week. The reason being is because I was traveling to the northeast for a busy week of meeting with people and speaking at churches in relation to our mission work in Haiti. My trip was very successful overall, but very tiring. I will update more specifically in the next post.
After such an exhausting week, it would have been great to come back to NC and be able to just relax for a few days with my family in our home, but such is not the case. Instead, my return trip back to NC has taken me straight to the hospital parking garage of Duke University Hospital where Susana is currently inpatient for her stem cell transplant. Instead of being able to kick back and relax, I am called upon immediately to relieve my wife who has been so gracious in staying inpatient with Susana for the past 6 days while I was traveling. Susana wasn’t supposed to go inpatient until just a few days ago, but it just so happened that she was brought in early. This put an extra burden on Maria since I was gone and unable to share the responsibility with her. She has done an amazing job. She had not been outside in 6 days, so I drove straight to the hospital to take over so that she can get a break.
Well, that break consists of driving 5 minutes away to our one room hotel where we are currently living for at least the next month. That break consists of staying at the one room hotel and homeschooling our other daughter Isabela. But truthfully, it is still a much needed break from being cooped up in this tiny hospital room for the past 6 days. And so I pray that the Lord brings refreshing to her tired body.
I am really tired. It has been a long week of many meetings. And also lots of driving. And it has been challenging to come back and really switch gears in an instant as I need to be there for Susana and put all of my attention towards caring for her. And so I have needs. My wife has needs. Isabela has needs. And of course, Susana has needs. That is why we all need to fully rely upon the grace of God to sustain us all. We must remember His word that states, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches and glory.”
Susana is very weak and she has been vomiting a lot for the past several days. She just finished the high level dose of chemo that she has been on for the past 4 or 5 days. This is the chemo that is so intense that it will hopefully destroy any microscopic cancer cells that may be remaining, but in the process it wipes out so many other good cells in her body that it leaves her with nothing. That is why she will need the stem cell transplant which is scheduled for Thursday. Please pray that her body gets the recovery time that it needs in these next few days of rest before the transplant She is on so many different medications right now in order to help maintain balance to her system. Right now she has a fever which she has had all day. She pretty much has just laid in bed all day in and out of sleep. Being in this hospital with her hooked up to all these different lines and pumps and such is a harsh reality to come back to.
I’m thankful for the grace of God that truly is sufficient in all situations. And this is one of those situations where we need it most. I’m thankful that our heavenly Father knows our needs before we even ask Him. This is good to know since right now I am so tired that I can’t even think clear enough to pray and ask Him. So, I’m relying on His grace…