On Wednesday, July 8, we arrived in the University Hospital in Iowa City for what we anticipated would be a short day. Lois had an appointment to have lab work done and they go right to the Infusion Unit. No appointment to see the doctor. Then we waited an hour and fifteen minutes for a nurse to access Lois’ port and draw the blood for labs. Then we waited some more – ninety minutes for the labs to come back and for an opening in the Infusion Unit. I keep reminding myself that when we go to a world-class hospital the mantra is, “hurry up and wait!”
At 2:20 all the bags of Chemo and related drugs were empty and the nurse hooked up the fanny pack pump for the 5FU that drips for 46 hours. We headed home.
Friday morning Lois woke up and sensed that the fanny pack didn’t feel any lighter. She looked at the pump and it was still full! We discovered that there were two clips this time and one of them was still crimping the tube! (We hadn’t noticed two clips in the past and wonder if in all the juggling of the multiple tubes they use to infuse the chemo drugs an extra was added.) We called the nurse and started the chemo.
These situations remind us that we are not in control and that’s doesn’t mean the medical community is either! Instead, we need to be awakened to the reality of God’s control. Jeremiah was brought face-to-face with this reality when God said, “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
Lois is feeling well enough that she is determined to go to camp with me and that includes a special retirement service for a wonderful pastor on Sunday morning. So, when the fanny pack pump finishes about 6 am on Sunday, we’ll be in Excelsior Springs, MO! That means I get to “de-port” my wife! I’ve watched the nurse do this several times and it doesn’t worry either one of us. Chalk it up to another new experience!
We appreciate your prayers this coming week as we lead the team at Tri State Camp. We’ll be at a new facility (for us) just south of Ottawa, KS on I-35. Lois and I will have a motel-like room in which to stay and she decided she can sleep there just as well as at home!
4 thoughts on “Infusion #26”
I have already been praying hard for your camp experiences. Kari Beth called one night, and we had a very nice visit, but she was asking for prayer for camp. Needless to say, every time I think of you and your families, I lift up a prayer anyway, and they don’t weigh a thing, my burden is light. I love you all dearly and know that God is with you and you will indeed have a wonderful camp experience. A pastor retiring? Isn’t that an oxymoron?
July 11, 2009 5:20 Eastern Time
We’re glad to hear Lois can make it to Tri-State Camp. The pastor who is retiring attended Tri-State Camps from the very beginning. We are in the same age bracket and have many memories of camp, of his Mother, sister and times in their home after he was married. Since we can’t be there we know you will represent us.
Have a blessed camp. We will be praying for all of you.
Hi Lois…..camper indeed!
You know the rules and the boundries you are to stay within. The Director is a mean dude, so whatch it!
I continue to pray that the Lord in His continuous watch over things will continue to do it to HIS satisfaction. Oh, I was thinking a while ago that with all your experience with the pump and all that, you probably qualify as a tech helper…maybe they would give a discount!
“I am the LORD, the God of every person on the earth. Nothing is impossible for me.” (Jer.32:27) Even a week at camp! Well, again nothing that happens to us surprises us!
Your friend in Christ,
Dear Friends…. I am so happy to hear that Lois will be attending camp withyou Jim….Carly is so looking forward to seeing the two of you, but esp. Lois:)!! I will cover you all in prayer the entire week of camp, asking for God’s hand to move mightily over all the hearts, souls and minds there. Love you each…..God’s riched blessings. Jean