The infusions are getting to be totally routine. Blood panel numbers are nominal, infusion nurses are friendly and wonderfully professional, the actual infusion takes 30 minutes and I walk out feeling fine in about an hour. The only change is what work I do while the infusion is going. Liz Ditty is one of my Leadership Cohort students who did a study on Elijah last term which is now contracted as an Intervarsity Book entitled “Prayers God Answers.” I get to go through it, appreciate the insights and make some suggestions for the final edits.
I have infusions scheduled every two weeks through the middle of September with an MRI and a CT scan scheduled for August 1. The scans will confirm no active melanoma in my brain and hopefully much reduced nodules in my lungs. I wouldn’t be too upset if they were absent all together. I don’t think I’d miss them since they have not made their presence known to me other than through the scans.
The other new event in my life is catching my first river salmon. Vinnie Sylvia loves to share fishing in his 14 foot boat. We have gone on the Columbia twice. This time we went on the Willamette near the St. John’s Bridge. After a wonderful morning on the river – fishless to be sure – Vinnie announced we’d head back in a half hour. Three minutes later my rod went crazy. It took a while to land the 14.5 pound salmon. It was VERY tasty.
Infusion #4 happened Thursday afternoon. As I was preparing to go to a lunch appointment, Jennie, who was my nurse again, called to ask about the blood panel labs. I stuttered out that Dr. Mashru said I didn’t need to do them every time. Turns out I had misunderstood his “we don’t need to talk everytime” and skipped the required labs. So I hustled to get them done so the infusion could progress. Happily the last three labs were almost identical so the infusion proceeded without incident. I have had no side effects or fatigue. The only change is that I am weaning off Pyridostigmine, my “stand up straight” steroid pills and that is going well. Boring report 😊🙏
Sherry, David and I went to Kansas City last weekend for Elizabeth’s baptism at Good Shepherd Community of Christ which has been their church home for several years. It was a marvelous family event with all four of her grandparents along with Uncle David, Aunt Nancy (behind her in the picture) and Uncle Brian present, and great grandmother joining by Zoom from the LA area. The whole service was dedicated to the two baptisms and the confirmation the two along with Donn’s confirmation.
Elizabeth’s baptism was done by her sponsor (video here). Her confirmation (video here) and Donn’s confirmation (video here) were wonderfully personal and deeply moving for us. We all went to Donn and Susan’s home for some food and celebration. Susan took her parents to the airport, and then the rest of us went to Jack’s Stack for their wonderful BBQ with the Hickory Pit Beans – without doubt, the best beans in the whole wide world!!
Sherry, Susan, Elizabeth, Donn, Michael, David, Gerry, Nancy, Brian