A Wasted Trip?

We had big changes in plans after Thursday's doctors visits at MD Anderson. In fact, we are already back in OKC! (We caught the Southwest Airlines 6:00pm flight Thursday out and got to witness the most beautiful sunset ever.) It was decided not to do the port surgery. Lorelei's neutrophil levels were too low (650) to give her the bio-immunotherapy treatment or to do surgery. We'll try to do the Brentuximab infusion next week here in OKC once her neutrophil levels rise above 1000. She will simply receive it through a peripheral IV. Cancer makes it difficult to make definitive plans. We should be back in Houston in 3 or so weeks to determine if the Brentuximab is working.

Even though this seems to have been a "wasted" trip, we saw God's hands all over it. We were able to stay (for free) in the home of a distinguished professor who is the father if a dear friend. (They had a dog named Dutch who let us pet him to overcome our missing Georgie and Ellie.) We got to see our Thunder play the Rockets in a very exciting game (and nobody got traded at halftime!) We met some of Coach Brooks' family and sat with them at the game. They are marvelous people who have welcomed us into their lives as family too. And while in the hospital waiting room we met sweet little 10 year old McKenzie who has just beaten Ewing's Sarcoma. We learned that McKenzie is the daughter of firefighter Destry Horton who died of burns when McKenzie was only three. It was a blessing to meet these people in person for whom we had prayed just a few years ago. We talked about how life seems unfair and how we don't understand why some people's lives seem to involve more pain than others. But we came away agreeing that our loving God has already provided us with victory over death and disease and we will praise Him.

Definitely not a wasted trip!

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