- 10 days in the hospital. Maybe 20 more to go before a little break at home?
- 5 days of chemo
- 3 times vomiting (unless I lost count)
- Several slight fevers
- Precious few calories consumed
- 13+ hours a night sleeping
- 3 movies watched
- Several books read
- 1 robotic insect assembled
- Innumerable pills swallowed
- 2 blood transfusions (1 hemoglobin, 1 platelet)
- 2 short family worship times
- 1 Father God whose love never fails
This is life right now. Is Peter complaining? Not really. He’s just not communicating much. That’s how we know he’s not feeling well. This is the world of cancer and cancer treatments. It even includes its own language. We chat with other parents about neutropenia and BMT here on the HemOnc ward.
Like church gives a common vocabulary to express and understand suffering and hope, so cancer gives a common language to express the same things, although suffering is called diagnosis and hope is called prognosis and treatment. Except that prognosis is not always a word of hope. We’re glad to have a bigger hope.
Oh, one more number: 1 cool T-shirt.