Sorry, it's been a while. I meant to do a post earlier but things have been busy, busy, busy...
First, the good news....Buddy was discharged from the hospital last Friday....literally just in time for us to take him home...
...because we had to go to the airport to pick up the kids...
...and have a wonderful family reunion that only last week we never even thought we would have!
We had an impromptu dinner party complete with fortune cookies (requested by the girls) and thought these were very apt...
Bud's said: "Accept what you cannot change, and you will feel better."
Mike's said: "Others admire your caring qualities."
Most of Saturday was uneventful -- Bud was able to come down twice to join us for meals and hang out when John came over.
But just as we were about to go to bed, around 10PM, Bud comes from the bathroom to report some bleeding. He was feeling fine but I asked him to text Ruffy to be sure. Not wanting a repeat of last week, Ruffy insisted on a midnight trip to the ER to make sure everything was ok. We waited for the labs to come back (all within normal for Bud) and were back home around 2AM on Sunday. Whew!
Bud was starting to feel really down about having to check-in the hospital again, after only one night at home, so we were glad that we didn't have to do that. We had to wake up early though, because we had an 8:30AM chemo appt. The rest of Sunday went perfectly and it was great to be able to go to Mass as a family again.
Today is Monday, Apr. 29. It is hard to believe that we have only been here in the US for 3 weeks. We have medical appts scheduled everyday this week ...dialysis, Mayo, chemo...but we can do this...because God has provided for everything for us to do so.
When I think about all that has happened so far, and imagine this happening to almost anybody else I know, I don't need to ask "Why us?"...because who else would have the perfect combination of resources and support that we have, to weather this through?
How awesome is it that...
- Bud's parents live in MN, close enough to the Mayo Clinic?
- Bud has a cousin, Ruffy, who is a doctor living in MN?
- I have 4 unmarried siblings and my mom available to care for my kids when we left?
- My sister is a doctor in Manila?
- My sister had exactly this week free to take the kids here?
- The kids are US citizens so visas were not an issue to get them here asap?
- We have the resources to get the kids here?
- Bud has the best big brother ever, who flew straight from Paris to MN the moment he heard that Bud was in the ICU and has been such a big help in every way possible?
- Bud's best friends are nearby, ready to cheer him up...and the kids too?
- So many, many people are praying for us right now (I see the blog stats and am amazed at how many views it has gotten)?
I am sure there are so many more that I have forgotten to list, and I am thankful for those too. Right now, we are learning to take things one day at a time, one step at a time...hoping that the rollercoaster ride ends and it will be smooth-going soon...