Archive for March 18, 2009

Walking on a Tightrope

The good news – We are thankful to God that Dr. Hoffman, Chief of Plastic Surgery at UCSF, one of Dan’s main doctors, said the cellulitis is under control, and that the flap is safe.  He said that people who suffer from chronic edema often have cellulitis.   Dan is allowed to walk short distances, but must keep his right foot elevated higher than his heart anytime he is seated or lying down.  

More good news – Dan stopped taking the blood thinner today.  Now, as soon as his blood gets healthier, he won’t run the risk of bleeding to death from a sudden nose bleed.  I know we are all going to die one day, but it does not need to be because of blindly taking medications when the doctor does not have a really good reason for giving it to you.

News – if chemo is started before the flap attaches completely to Dan’s body, it will slow down the healing of the plastic surgery.  But Dr. Hoffman recognizes that treatment of the sarcoma nodules must begin soon.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the next P-T Scan shows that Dan’s body is free of any cancer cells?  So far, the plan for further treatment has not been discussed.

I drove the 50 minute car trip today for the first time. Part of that was through fog on Devil’s Slide.  (I’m getting pretty good driving that twisting mountain 2 lane road.)  With good directions, we had no trouble finding our way through the maze called San Francisco.  We had been gone 5 hours by the time we got back home.  We’re fairly wiped out tonight, but relieved that Dan is doing better.

It feels like we’re walking on a tightrope across a raging river.  Every day has it’s challenges.  But fear evaporates each time we realize that God is taking care of us.  He is always with us whether we choose to accept that fact or not. That is one of the benefits of being in Christ…an intentional follower of Jesus has Jesus’ promise that He will be with us…always. — Anne and Dan

March 18, 2009 at 6:37 am Leave a comment