God is in Charge!

We traveled to the University Hospital in Iowa City this morning for what we anticipated would be Lois’ 22nd Chemo infusion – but it didn’t happen. The lab work showed a significant decline in Lois’ overall health. The outward symptom is that she is exhausted. The blood tests indicated a drop in hemoglobin and white blood cells; the liver function has decreased and her kidneys are trying to make up for what the liver is not doing. There is also physical evidence that the tumors in the liver are firmer and a little larger. The lab work today did not include a CEA “tumor marker” evaluation.

Based on this, Dr. Halfdanarson and his team of oncologists decided to give Lois a two week rest from Chemo. Hopefully her body will regain some strength instead of dealing with the onslaught of Chemo chemicals again. On May 11 we will have a CT scan in the late afternoon; we’ll stay in Iowa City overnight so we can be back at the Hospital by 8 am on Tuesday the 12th. The medical team will look at the scan and lab results and then we expect a recommendation for a new “Chemo cocktail.” They gave us some ideas of drugs that might be used but its all speculation right now.

We accept this as part of the adventure. God has not caused this to happen but He is certainly in charge! We ask you to continue to pray for and with us that God’s plan will be worked out in our lives.

Psalm 139:14-17

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

7 thoughts on “God is in Charge!”

  1. Dear Jim and Lois,
    We pray for you way more often than we correspond. You both have been a wonderful example of living life to the full in the midst of great uncertainties. You’ve never asked for escape from the reality of cancer, just a clinging to the reality of Jesus in your lives. You are a powerful example to all of us.
    Many blessings and prayers, Virginia

  2. We appreicate your reports and we continue to keep you both in our prayers. God is in control. We so appreciate your faith and testimony!!

    Joe and Pam Arnold

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lois is one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever met and you have a beautiful family. God’s in your corner!

  4. Dear Lois & Jim,

    We’ll be praying for you both and that God would renew your strength.

    Sandy & Neal

  5. We love you both in the Lord and trust His will in your lives and continue to pray for His Love to come through strong. Thanks for giving us fuel for prayer. We are headed to Fort Wayne tomorrow morning (Friday) to help Leota Wells celebrate her 99th birthday on Sunday. Plan to be home again on Monday night. We will be “holding you up” all the way. Ron and Pauline

  6. Well, well…..now that is not the news that I exactly like to hear, but HE is in charge of the results of situations and HE will do it well. I do pray that the 2 week interlude will be sufficient for the continued treatment as scheduled and “counts” and all will all come together in agreement and plans and procedures will carry on. This is neat, “……to bestow on themn a crownf beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” (Isa. 61:3) Isn’t it great, or something maybe is the word, that God takes what the enemy meant for evil, and He turned it around and used it for good. God give beauty for ashes, and you are on HIS list….HE can do it! Lord bless you by friend Mrs. Lois!
    Your friend in Christ,
    Pastor Phil

  7. I love you Lois, God loves you waaaay MORE!! Keeping you close in thought and prayer throughout my day.
    Lord, King of Kings….author of Lois’s life, I storm the gates of Heaven on her behalf. I trust you with my friends care. Thank you for loving us and granting us your mercy and grace.

    Because HE lives,

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