In August I made a trip down to South Texas to see my family and be of some help as we were in crisis mode. My dad was to be coming home from the hospital to recover from a severe infection. My mom was having so much trouble with her knee that walking and caring for my dad was practically impossible. And if all that was not enough my sister Sara was to be going into the hospital to have cysts removed. All this was just two weeks before my our trip to Alaska. Talk about a stressful time!
As it turned out dad’s infection was so bad that he was sepsis. If you’ve never heard of that as I hadn’t, it’s when the infection is so bad it enters your blood stream. This can very easily lead to organ failure. All that to say we are all very glad to still have him with us! His recovery was very slow, and I think still he hasn’t felt like he’s regained all of his strength. Now yesterday he has developed a high fever again. Please keep him in your prayers.
Mom, as it turned out, was in need of a partial knee replacement. Her surgery is scheduled for January. She will be laid up for a while so please keep praying for her as well.
My sister Sara went in to have a routine surgery we were told. When the doctor opened her up, he didn’t find anything routine. She was full of cancer. She has a very rare form of Appendix cancer. The doctor who did the surgery had never dealt with this type of cancer and though he did the best he could to clean out cancerous tissue, the fear is that it was not all removed. She is scheduled to be seen by a specialist this next week so please pray for the doctors to have wisdom and the insurance companies to cooperate. They will be deciding on how to best treat her. She expects to begin some form of chemo soon.
All of these things weigh heavy on my mind and heart. I share them with you so that you can join me in praying for my family.