The Battle Continues

December 17, 2008 at 7:31 am 1 comment

This day has been very challenging for Dan…and for his wife who hurts when he hurts.  Whining is not going to help anything.  Here we are in northern California, a 7 minute walk from the Pacific, and we are either inside our son’s house, or at the doctor’s office.   Two-thirds of Dan’s body is now covered with itchy hives. A painful Infection has begun again in his wound.  All of this zaps his energy.  And who is he thinking about in the midst of his misery?  Today, he said , “I’m so disappointed. I don’t want to be such a burden for everyone.”  

The Dr. studied the rash, prescribed a steroid cream and is referring Dan to a dermatologist…the round of  hours spent in doctors’ offices is beginning again.  The Dr. gave Dan a prescription for Keflex to combat the infection that has reared it’s ugly head again in the wound.  Please, pray that all these medications will not weaken his immune system further. Everything that has been done to “help” Dan has had unpleasant side effects.

The radiation for the first sarcoma made his right thigh hard like a tree trunk.  Various things make the radiated part red and swollen.  A second sarcoma and a hematoma grew.  We were warned in advance that when the hematoma was removed, the incision might not heal.  Well, sure enough, the incision can’t heal.  The 2nd sarcoma is pushing on the incision forcing it to be open.  

The Home Health service has been a disappointment.  When the nurse became ill,  there was no backup.  The promised phone call and wound dressing for today did not happen.  When I phoned to ask what plan they had for taking care of Dan, they seemed clueless.  However, a nurse promised to get someone out to see Dan Wednesday, or come herself.  Tonight, that office phoned to say someone would be here Wednesday morning. 

But when I walked down the mountain road to the gas station/store to buy Benadryl, I was overwhelmed by the majesty of the wide expanse of God’s Pacific Ocean.  The curvature of the earth was clearly visible!  Driving to the doctor, God’s handiwork -the mountains, the majestic trees, the crop fields, the ocean – all bespoke the power, the amazing creativity, the love of beauty that our God has.  Thank you, God, for this day.  — Anne and Dan


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  • 1. Sherrie Hammond  |  December 20, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Get your minds ready. Stand strong in your resolve. This battle belongs to the Lord! The Scriptures record a very important battle that overwhelmed God’s People. But the Lord stood by them and defeated their enemies who overwhelmed and attacked them.

    The scriptures teach Christians to maintain our resolve, determination, and courage no matter how overwhelming the enemy appears to be. Fear equals False Evidence Appearing Real–Satan uses fear in order to crush our faith. The scriptures record Jahaziel and Jehoshaphat’s words to God’s people, “The Lord says this to you: ‘Don’t be afraid or worry about this large army [coming against you], because the battle is not your battle. It is God’s battle! Tomorrow, go down there and fight . . . You won’t need to fight in this battle. Stand strong in your places. You will see the Lord save you, Judah and Jerusalem, don’t be afraid! Don’t worry! The Lord is with you . . . Have faith in the Lord your God, and then you will stand strong. Have faith in the Lord’s prophets. You will succeed!’ . . . As those men began to sing and to praise God, the Lord set an ambush for . . . the people that came to attack Judah . . . they killed each other. The men from Judah arrived at the lookout point in the desert. They looked for the enemy’s large army. But . . . no [enemy] survived. . . . They gave praise to (blessed) the Lord in that place. . . The Lord made them very happy because their enemies were defeated . . . All the kingdoms in all the countries feared the Lord because they heard that the Lord fought against Israel’s enemies. That is why Jehoshaphat’s kingdom had peace. Jehoshaphat’s God gave him peace all around him (2 Chronicles 20-ETRV).” May God grant you peace. Amen.


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