It’s all about the Not.
Not rushing to a conclusion. That’s what we are doing. We had mom’s first appointment with Dr. Costa at Texas Oncology on Monday, and we left with no conclusions
He said that she has a “sick gallbladder” that needs to be looked at as well as her colon and liver. He also said that there were too many questions and loose ends that he could not make any conclusions right now.
Let me just stop right her and be totally honest. Dr. Costa did NOT say, “Mrs. Johnston there is nothing we can do. Get your affairs in order.” So to us, that is our first victory. When we spoke to her doctor in Weatherford, everything sounded bad. It sounded certain. Even their tone of voice was grave. I feel certain it was the worst phone conversation that either of us had ever had in our combined 114 years of life.
Her blood level was “critically low,” so she spent Tuesday to the hospital receiving several units of blood. I talked to her yesterday afternoon, when she got back to Christy’s, and she said she was already feeling a little better and stronger. When I talked to her this morning she sounded like my momma!
The Dr. also ordered a PET Scan, but because there has not been a biopsy yet, the insurance would not authorize it. The nurse has a referral to a Gastroenterologist in the works to move us forward.
She is also scheduled for an Ultra Sound of her Gallbladder and a HIDA Scan on Friday. These procedures will again take all day.
My good friend and neighbor, who is in her last semester of nursing school, went with us to the appointment on Monday. Mom and the doctor were comfortable with letting her read the CT report. She came home and did some research. And of course the possibilities are endless. They range from as simple as a bad case of diverticulitis to the unthinkable. Never has diverticulitis sounded so delightful!
And when I asked the doctor about gene testing he said it wasn’t time yet because he didn’t know what IT was yet. I find both of these instances to be very encouraging!
So now we pray for simple. We pray for NOT.
We pray for wisdom for her doctors and their staff. We pray for timely appointments, because YES, to us she is their only patient. We pray that what needs to be done prior to the PET Scan can be done prior to Tuesday.
We pray for complete healing no matter what IT is. We pray for that the battle mom is fighting in her body is won, and that the fear we battle in our minds be conquered.
We pray for endurance for all of us. We pray for balance and grace and understanding; that we can both give and receive.
And we pray God’s mighty blessings for our friends and family who are in the midst of their own storms but still find time to talk to Jesus about us.
Mom’s next appointment with the Oncologist is next Tuesday and we will be discussing the results of the tests to that point. Thank you so much for your concern for our mom and your continued prayers. We know we are blessed beyond measure!