I wanted to take this time to go into further detail of my delivering of the peacoat to Joe on Wednesday afternoon.
I rang the buzzer to enter the Lodge. It's good to know there is security in the building. After entering I met a lovely woman at the desk doing laundry. I told her I was there to visit Joe B. to give him a gift. She gladly told me he is in the commons area she had just finished talking with him. I went back with a big smile on my face. As soon as I saw him I said his name. I am sure it was loud. Oooops! God did not give me a timid voice. He had a smile on his face as well. I continued to tell him I have a gift for him from someone in Indiana. After that I read the blog post that I wrote about him to explain this gift. As written previously he and I along with others around were crying. He knew right away it was a peacoat in the box. I told him to "hold his horses and we will see." Yes, I did say that. OK, now I am just amazed at the rest of the conversations that went on in the Lodge.
I met many wives of patients that were receiving treatment. One particular is from LA. She said that stands for lower Arkansas. She gave me a Gideon Bible for me to keep. I told her I have many Bibles but thank you. I will keep it with me. Joe piped in and said he had a Bible just like that in the service during war. His had a metal cover on it and it was placed in his front pocket to give him extra protection from bullets.
Another wife came over to talk about her husband Gerald who has the same type of cancer in his left side of his brain. His speech has been affected along with his occupational daily living needs. She asked if I have considered joining a support group. I told her I had contemplated it yet it would take one night away from home from my family. Pray if it is God's will for me to be in a brain cancer support group that He will make it abundantly clear.
I told Joe that I still desire to come to his wifes memorial. To please let me know. It all depends on my fatigue factor. He understood. He took out his address book and asked me to write out my address and phone number. I put it under the "K" for Kate.
Today was an uneventful day for my treatment. Last night was a thrill though. Cole's front tooth finally came out with a little help from mommy and the pliers. Yes, pliers. Cole's teeth have difficulty coming out on their own. We usually have to make an appointment to have them pulled professionally. I guess you can put MD behind my name along with professional motherhood. He was so proud that he took his tooth to school for everyone to see. He is the only first grader in January to lose a tooth so far. The tooth fairy left 2 special coins for courage we are assuming. One was a Susan B. Anthony another a Sacagawea. Way cool to him!
Upcoming prayer requests:
1. burns from RT
2. hair loss to be as minimal as possible
3. vision not to be affected
4. lens protection
5. guidance on treatment after the RT
Much love - Kate