Blood Clot

Posted in From Al & Libbie, General, Prayer Requests, Updates at 9:59 pm by Libbie

Just a quick note of update:

Today we found out that Al has a blood clot in his leg (apparently both the cancer and the treatment can sometimes increase the risk of that, as I understand it). He spent most of the day in the hospital, and the doctors placed a nifty filter contraption in his vena cava that stays there for life and catches any clots–present or future–that might break loose and head for places  where they could be deadly, like the heart. We are thankful for medical advances and for great doctors and hospitals nearby.

Tomorrow the doctors at Abington and Penn will decide whether anti-coagulants would be a good or a bad idea with the lung tumors. Please pray for clear wisdom for them.

Plenty else going on. Becky is home for 48 hours for a wedding. (Poor girl. It seems that every time she comes home one of us ends up in the ER.) Alden’s soccer team just folded, so the members are suddenly scrambling to find other clubs to play with. Some of Eowyn’s friends are caught in major teenage girl drama. And I’m trying to get a couple of papers written. It’s not dull around here, anyway. We are finding that God is a solid rock and a still point in the midst of the whirlwind, for which we are repeatedly grateful.

This is brief and without a lot of detail; maybe we’ll write more medical details later. But now that I’ve tucked Al in and written this, I’m going to fall into bed myself.

Thanks for walking with us!



  1. raubach said,

    May 20, 2006 at 11:02 am

    Dear Al,

    I recently hear about this latest unexpected turn in your journey. Know that you are on our hearts and in our prayers My mother was just diagnosed with lung cancer so we have constant reminders to pray for you and everyone battling cancer. The real battle, of course, is against evil and we thank you for being there on the front lines. God bless you and your patient family.

    In HIs Spirit,

    Bob Raubach

  2. Suzanne Leahy said,

    May 20, 2006 at 9:58 pm

    It was so nice to be with you at the Bettler celebration. I am continually encouraged by your trust in God’s plan, and I thank you (both, all) for sharing the journey here with me, with all of us. My heart and prayers are with you… Suzanne Leahy

  3. Lorraine Smith said,

    July 21, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    Al, Libbie, and family-
    Thanks for taking the time to bring us along with you on your journey. It helps us to weep and rejoice as the Lord instructs.

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