Home – for now

Lizzy and Lori finally got to come home yesterday (Wednesday).  She was unexpectedly admitted on Saturday after running a low grade fever coupled with really low blood counts.  After getting a blood transfusion and additional platelets injected, her counts rose high enough that the doctors were comfortable with letting her come home.

While she was in the hospital, she also had an ultrasound and 2 CT scans.  The ultrasound and 1st CT scan were to check for any more tumors.  Thankfully these were negative, although the CT scan did show a small spot in each lung.  The doctor said it wasn’t anything to worry about (easy for him to say!).  He said she probably had a small infection, which is what probably caused this whole episode to begin with, and the spots were almost certainly related to that infection.  In doing some research, Lori found out that seeing small spots on the lungs is a fairly common occurrence with a CT scan.

Lizzy’s second CT scan was to measure the amount of lung tissue she has.  This measurement is used so the doctors can calculate how much radiation she will receive in her upcoming treatment.  We are thankful they were able to do this 2nd scan while Lizzy was already in the hospital – it’s one less trip to Cincy and back!

Speaking of radiation treatments, Lizzy will receive radiation along with her next inpatient chemo treatments, all of which start next week.  She will receive 4 days of chemo and 8 days of radiation.  They don’t do radiation on the weekends, so the final 5 days of radiation will be on an outpatient basis.  Lori and I are still debating what to do, but we are leaning toward driving back and forth to Cincy all 5 days rather than stay in a hotel all week.  There are lots of factors involved, including the fact that Treasure has started Kindergarten and Colson has started his senior year of high school, and we need (want) to be here for them as well.  We ask for your prayers for wisdom in this regard.

I could go on and on about other crazy stuff going on in our lives (i.e. credit card shut off because of purchases in Denver, Louisville, Cincinnati and online all within 12 hours – all accurate, background check on me [Dennis] coming back with someone else’s name associated with my Social Security number,  hospitalization for another family member out of state, etc) but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.  We all have our stuff.  You have stuff, I have stuff, your neighbor has stuff, your co-worker has stuff – we all have our stuff.

And we all have the choice of how to respond to our stuff.

To be perfectly honest, on Tuesday night I went to bed early because I didn’t think I could handle any more “stuff”.  But the sun came up on Wednesday, God is still God, and on Wednesday, I got to bring my wife and my baby girl home.   So it’s all good!

One day at a time.

That’s how we are told to live.  And it’s true.

One day at a time.

11 Replies to “Home – for now”

  1. I am so thankful to have the privilege of watching your family walk through this with such grace and faith. I continue to lift you all up in prayer! May God completely heal sweet Lizzie!

  2. One day at a time. In these times of craziness, cling to the fact that God’s grace is new each morning. Continuing to pray for Lizzy and you all (and all of the stuff that has happened recently and will happen in the future.
    Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

  3. Dennis
    I mean this literally – profound truth. What you wrote is utterly profoundly true for all of us. Every person – believer or not – has plenty of challenges and struggles. The only difference for a Christ follower is that we can lean into our Father when the storms are blowing hard.
    You and your family are loved. Many are praying for you all as you walk through this stormy season. We are there for you guys…..your family is in our hearts
    “Be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might”.

  4. Isaiah 40:31
    As I wait on the Lord, He will renew my strength, I shall mount up with the wings like eagles, I shall run and not be weary; I shall walk and not faint.

    Love You

  5. Still praying daily for Lizzy and all of you. You are all loved by many people. God has you covered. Love and prayers. Shirle

  6. You are so right Dennis! One day at a time. Something I often take for granted. I’m so blessed to know you guys and to witness such strength. We continue to pray.

  7. I’ve been thinking of you all a lot & wondering what was going on. So glad Lori & Lizzy are home. Love & prayers for you all🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️❤️

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