Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 2:29 pm by Libbie

Dear Friends,

The Gamma Knife Radiation procedure this morning went smoothly and quickly. Everything was just as advertised–the only painful part was when they pressed the four pegs into Al’s head that held the frame in place. Knowing about Al’s claustrophobia, they gave him enough sedation that the MRI was no problem at all, and during the radiation itself he had a pleasant time listening to Vivaldi. The nurse took some pictures of Al in the headset, which looked kind of like what you’d picture the interior frame of Darth Vader’s helmet looking like. When Al wakes up we’ll see if we can put one of the pictures on the blog site. It’s pretty funny.

We were registered and waiting by 5:57 this morning, and since Al was the only Gamma knife patient today, he was done by about 10:15. That was great. Then we went straight from the hospital downtown to our family doctor in Ambler to see about Al’s right leg, which started swelling again for some reason yesterday. By the time we got home at 11:30 or 12 he was ready to nap and promptly fell sound asleep, where he still is. I thought I had to wait until he woke up to post this note, since the computer is in our bedroom, but then I remembered another way to do it. Sorry to keep you all waiting.

The other good news is that the detailed MRI showed no new tumors in the brain. We are thankful for that. Tomorrow Al has a CT scan to see what’s happening from the neck down, and then on the 16th we’ll meet with the oncologist at Penn to strategize where we go from here.

One very nice upside to having to present ourselves at the hospital by 6:00 this morning is that we went downtown last night and spent the night at a lovely Bed and Breakfast just a few blocks from the hospital. We had dinner at an Indonesian restaurant that brought back lovely memories of dinners with friends in Amsterdam. Meanwhile, someone the kids love came and stayed with them and saw them off this morning, and other friends they love took them out for water ice last night. So there were special blessings tucked into the midst of medical goings-on, and we were very aware of God’s love for us.

More news as there is any. Thanks again for holding us up in prayer!



  1. Eep Talstra said,

    June 6, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    Dear Libbie,

    I cannot help but respond to your Indonesian Restaurant. It is a real blessing that you
    have occasion to have this experience in your actual situation. Being able to enjoy
    these things and the memories connected to them, is a real gift. I think there is grace
    in all this today. Be assured that I think very often about you too, the person ‘next to’.

    May God watch you too,


  2. Kirsten said,

    June 6, 2006 at 4:09 pm

    Uncle Al and Aunt Libbie,

    I am glad to hear today went well. We have been praying for you all. I was also hoping to see you guys at the graduation this Sunday, if that works for you. We just thought we could meet you on the Green to give hugs and chat a little. If this works, can you let us know where we could meet you?

    Hope to see you all soon!


  3. mary conway said,

    June 6, 2006 at 5:55 pm

    hey guys, so happy it went well and no other tumors sighted. what did family doc say about al’s leg? hope next couple of days provide some rest and peace- love, mary

  4. Dennis Reidenbach said,

    June 6, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    Dear Al and Libbie,

    We had a smaller than usual Mini-Church meeting tonight (Mariah, Jean, Kris and Dennis) but we were able to close our time in praying for you and your entire family.

    By now we are sure that Al has woken up from his post procedure nap and we trust and pray that you are having a truly blessed evening as a family.

    Dennis (for the group)

  5. Mike said,

    June 6, 2006 at 9:47 pm

    Al, Libbie and family,

    Eep’s comments triggered so much. Boiling it down to two words: Sama Sebo and Concertgebouw – well, maybe that’s three words. Intense memories of joy, beauty, friendship and spice!

    I resonate with Eep’s thought that there is grace in all this today.

    And continue to pray for grace upon grace for you all.

    With great love,
    Mike, for all the Kellys

  6. Susan Michaelson said,

    June 7, 2006 at 10:38 am

    Dear Libbie and Al:

    What a praise that things went so well, and what grace that you were able to interweave some lovely moments and memories among the medical.

    We continue to pray!



  7. Beyza said,

    October 29, 2015 at 10:26 am

    whats up? dunno if this is the right spot to “sign up” for next week(24th) but my bro(the guy on D with the same face as me)n i are definitely there.today was a real terllihr~Damien

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