Oncologist appointment Friday 6/16

Posted in From Al & Libbie, Updates at 9:08 am by Libbie

This is now the third post of today (we’re catching up after the site being down for a couple of days).

Yesterday we saw our oncologist at Penn to talk over results of recent scans and MRI’s and to assess where we go from here. Some information still needs to be gathered (for instance whether or not Al qualifies for certain clinical trials, whether or not insurance will cover certain drugs, etc.) but we have decided two things: we will not do whole-brain radiation, and we will take a break from treatments for a while to let some of the drugs and their effects clear out of Al’s system. He will be weaned off of the steroids he is on for the brain swelling, and he’ll switch blood thinners, which he will likely be on for 6 months or so. (The old one required Al to inject himself every morning, which didn’t bother him a bit but which grossed Eowyn out and which left a flock of lovely purple bruises all around his love handles. I don’t think we’ll post a picture of thatů)

So, that is the upshot of yesterday’s appointment, and we are happy with it. Once again we are so grateful for our oncologist. We can’t say enough good about her and her team, who have been such an incredible blessing to us.

Al has been pretty pooped these last ten days or so, with the radiation and traveling. Hopefully his strength will grow as the days pass.

We’ll keep you posted on further developments, but that’s the news for now.

Thanks for your partnership. It means so much to us.



1 Comment »

  1. Gail Obenour said,

    June 17, 2006 at 12:12 pm

    Dear Al and Libbie,
    it seems that you all have become a daily part of my prayers. it is amazing how the LORD does that. he builds HIS kingdom through the trials and joys of others as the power of HIS presence becomes known and seen in both. what a deep encouragement to read of your faithfulness in the midst of this trial and hardship. Al, you are ACTIVELY AND POWERFULLY building HIS kingdom as you encourage the saints to persevere and to TRUST in GOD. may HE give you the eyes to see the VITAL role you are playing in his kingdom purposes, dear brother. most recently i have been praying the following verse for you. it is so good to now that our God is a warrior. he GOES BEFORE US in all things.

    the LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

    exodus 14:14


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