Friday, March 6, 2009

Good evening from the Carlton house... and since it's after midnight, I have to officially say:

HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY CHASE ANDERSON! Chase has been cracking us up, counting down the day. We are so happy to celebrate with him.

Frank went to see the Infectious Disease guy on Tuesday. We liked him and appreciate the approach he's taking with Frank. He did say there was a bacteria in his lung. It's a cousin to the TB bacteria, but it's NOT TB. It can lie dormant and do nothing, so it may -or may not - be the cause of the fevers. He is doing some more blood work, looking at his past scans and having Frank keep a log of his temperatures. We are happy that he doesn't seem too concerned, and that he's not anxious to just run a lot of aggressive tests right off the bat.

Next in line was Dr. Weir on Wednesday. His liver enzymes had gone up some more, and his hematocrit was 22. So, we went today for a liver ultrasound and 2 units of blood. We hadn't been to Bapt. Outpatient in a few weeks and it was good to see the nurses there. Leaving the relationships in Little Rock has been hard, but we are finding our way into new ones here. The nurses here love Frank ~ it's easy to do ~ and the sweet relationships are forming that make days like today easy on ... well, I was going to say Frank, but it makes it easy on both of us really, but esp Frank. Our nurses today were so sweet and asked a lot of questions about Frank and his journey.

Speaking of which... Frank shared last night a bit of his testimony with a church. He told people of all ages, that God is enough, and faithful, and trustworthy ~ no matter what your circumstances. What a sweet time of fellowship and prayer this church has and what a blessing it was to be there with them.

We learned today that one of our close patient friends, Susan went to be with the Lord on Monday. I have thought of little else ever since we found out. We made friends with them about this time last year and kept up through phone calls and emails when we weren't together in Little Rock. Mike and Susan were in our same apt complex and she and Frank were on the same treatment regimen most of the time. Susan was a strong woman of faith and we spoke often of what the Lord was doing in our lives. I am so thankful this earth is not our home!!

As we enter the weekend, we have many praises:
*that Frank's fevers have not been over 102
*for the flexible schedules we have with the kids
*for the wonderful support system all around us

Please join us in prayer:
*for wisdom as doctors look for cause of elevated liver enzymes
*for stable blood work
*for good results from the radiation (the ones on his head are GONE)
*for the Nanney's as they continue to battle Lyme disease

Ephesians 3:16-19
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have learned so much from you both about facing adversity, and claiming God's promises. Often, I sit at my computor and get teary when I read your updates. You are both so humble, real, and yet display a depth of faith that is deeply inspiring. We pray for Frank daily and will continue. It is an honor to lift him up in prayer. Margaret Martin