Good morning. Hope all is well in your world today! I just wanted to update you on things in Houston so far for this trip.
Greg left Saturday and drove ALL THE WAY to Houston - 16 1/2 hours! He did well stopping often and listening to "books on tape".
Martha took Matthew and I to the airport on Sunday. We left right on time at 6:30 p.m.. We arrived early in Houston - @ 9:00 our time - 8:00 Houston time (CST).
Monday was a grueling day with appts, exams, tests, and scans. We began at 9 a.m. and left the hospital at 9:30 p.m.. Matthew was definitely a trooper. We're very glad to have Greg here with us this visit.
Today there are more pre-surgery appts and a full body Pet-scan at 2:30 p.m. We begin the schedule at 10 a.m. and should be finished by 6 p.m. - better than yesterday.
Another great aspect of today is that Ian is flying in this afternoon. It'll sure be good to have him here with us.
Yesterday, in the appt. with our surgeon's Physician's Assistant, the possible side-effects of this surgery and chemo wash were explained again in detail. They are daunting. But we know that for the past 3+ years, God has protected Matthew from the many side effects and permanent damage of the various chemos he has been on. We know He will continue to protect Matthew but I would ask for your specific prayers in this regard. Thank you.
Tiffani and Stan will be flying in tomorrow and we look forward to them being with us. We are praying for safe travel for Ian, Tiffani, and Stan.
There are MANY of you that have contributed Marriott points to help with our accommodations while we are here for such an extended stay. Thank you SO much. I want you to know that we are in a Residence Inn less than 5 minutes from the hospital. We are in a suite with 2 bedrooms/baths with living room/kitchen combo. It's a great set-up with one bedroom/bath downstairs and one up - kind a loft situation. There's a pull out bed in the sofa in the living room so there's plenty of room for us to spread out. A breakfast buffet is available each morning. We feel SO blessed to be here!
Thanks for letting me "chat" with you this morning. I would like to be having a "one-on-one" conversation with each of you this a.m. and this has helped me do just that!
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Thank you for taking the time to share your journey. We are praying and will continue to pray and will specifically pray for that which you ask.
God will be with you all at every step of the way.
Blessings to Matthew and to you all, John
Thanks for the update Nancy. We're still here with you all and praying.
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