Archive for March 14, 2009

Two Steps Forward and One Step Back?

“Be happy, don’t worry!”  Are you old enough to remember that song?  How about, “Do not be anxious about anything” Phil. 4:6.  How is that possible???  Well, start reading with verse 4, “Rejoice.  And, again, I say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything.”   Do you understand what it means to have the Lord near you? I think I’d be completely crazy from this challenging walk through the Dark Valley of Cancer by now if the Lord were not near us…holding us in HIs arms…taking our requests and praises to His Father/Our Father.

Today,  when the ER Doc told us the good news – Dan does not have a clot in his leg,  he immediately said, “He does have cellulitis.  This is very serious.”    The next 3 days are crucial.  This infection must not go into his blood system. I had to speak with the oncology surgeon’s assistant 4  times, the Wound Vac Home Health people 5 times, the Supervising Oncologist’s assistant 3 times, and the Chief Plastic Surgeon and his Chief Resident only 2 times (but it took 4 phone calls).

Let’s focus on the good news – the ER Doc did a Venus Doppler ultrasound to determine Dan does not have a clot.   They gave him a shot of morphine to help him deal with the terrible pain in his right foot and leg, and a shot of Keflex. When they tested his Wound Vac, they discovered it had a leak.  Dan has a Wound Vac on loan from the hospital until a new one is delivered to Dan.   At 11 p.m., Dan took his first oral Keflex and will take it every 6 hours around the clock.

We had to draw a line with permanent ink on his leg so that we can see if the infection is moving up toward the flap.  Tonight we were relieved to see the redness is less, and the swelling in the leg has gone done some.  His foot had not been propped up high enough so it was still very swollen.  The end of the bed has been raised, and pillows are under Dan’s legs.  The Wound Vac is quiet!  Maybe we can sleep until 5 a.m. when tit’s time for his next meds.

Natasha has been a lifesaver this week.  We will miss her. She drove us to our doctor’s appointments, and helped with many things .  She said today,”You need a full time assistant just to do all the things you have to do to take care of Dan!”  For now, Jesus is our full time assistant.  So, you see, God is still good.  He is always good! — Anne and Dan

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