Archive for May 6, 2009

The Final Word Has Been Given?

Many fine, caring, top doctors at UCSF called on Dan today.  Our Personal Care Physician, Dr. Nicole Appelle, Internist at UCSF, phoned me at home to ask, “How are you doing?”  She was concerned about my sinus infection, but the real reason for her call was to see how I’m dealing with losing Dan.  She is brilliant and compassionate.  She told me, “The medical teams looked at absolutely every possible option, but there is nothing they can do.”  

The sarcoma doubles in size every time it grows.  Besides, the lungs have many lesions now.  The doctors won’t give an estimate as to how long they think Dan has left on this earth.  But you can do the math…this one 10 cm. sarcoma will be a 20 cm. (10″) the next time it grows at all.  

A time-release morphine pill is being used to keep down Dan’s pain. He is lucid…just very weak.  The goal now is to keep him comfortable, and provide him good quality of life in the short time he has left.   Tom and Jaye may fly in from Dallas this weekend.  Bob and Donna, our children, will be here next week.  Natasha and her daughter, Amber, who is a nurse will be here May 20 – 30 to help us.  

As soon as he gets rested, Dan is going to begin the Small Group Bible studies again in Sfantu Gheorghe via Skype.  Dan asked me to continue our benevolent work, God’s Children, in Romania.  God will lead us on the path that will glorify Him.  Jehovah God has the Final Word.  Until He has said, “It is finished,” it is not over.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish” (Isaiah 41:10-11).

And, “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?  I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:18-19).  Praise the Lord! — Anne and Dan

Friends - Rosemarie, LST Worker, and Alice, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Covasna County Red Cross

Friends - Rosemarie, LST Worker, and Alice, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Covasna County Red Cross

Children Play Drop the Hankie at Red Cross Summer Camp

Children Play Drop the Hankie at Red Cross Summer Camp


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