The past couple of days have been fairly productive despite mom and dad not returning back to work at this time. Someone is with dad at all times. He needs someone right now as he heals, but more I think we need him too. We need to be in dad's presence and hear him talking, joking, singing...
Clinging to every word he says and tune he belts out knowing there is a
possibility that it could all come to an end much sooner than any of us
had ever anticipated.
Dad went to Collierville to visit his coworkers yesterday. He seems to
think they were more excited to see Mark, Katherine, and mom, but I bet
they were happy to see dad too. It was inservice, so his kids weren't
there, but it was suggested that he make them a video message. Dad loves
his job and has always had a genuine interest in his students and their
ability and enthusiasm to learn. I'm sure his video message to them
will be great.
There was a follow up with VA today and he seemed to check out according
to them. I wasn't there, but am frustrated with them nonetheless. Dad
didn't see an oncologist there and though we may get his treatment at
West Clinic, it would have been nice to have a consult with the VA to
see what they offer so that we can go to the West Clinic appointment
armed with more information with which to make a good decision regarding
dad's care and treatment protocol.
Dad's friend, Uday, and his wife, Sunita, came by yesterday and she
brought some amazing homemade Indian food. It was so good that Katherine
(who is allergic to lentils and chickpeas) ate enough for her tongue to
go numb. It was REALLY good!
Almost every single day that Mariam has been in town, she has been busy
making dishes for dad that we can freeze and pull out when the meals
stop coming in. Her cooking is a true labor of love and she has worked
hard gathering ingredients to fit the specifications of the recipes in a
cancer fighting cookbook. So far, they have been great!
Dad seems a little more tired these past couple of days. When I see him
in the early evening, he is a little slower and tends to, what appears,
kind of daydream. He has some swelling where his glasses press against
the incision on the right side, but hopefully they can confirm that
these things are normal at this point where he is still recovering from
I have made it a point to try and bring the girls by every evening just
to have their little loving and energetic personalities around dad. He
seems to appreciate having them around.
Thank you for your continued love and support. Please say a special
prayer that we will hear good news about the markers of dad's tumor, and
continue to pray for the clinical trials to fall in to place and for
the DCVAX to become FDA approved and available to everyone with this
diagnosis very soon!