Monday, June 18, 2007

Thanking the Lord....

We had a great weekend. Filled with fellowship. Friday we went out to eat with friends and then on to an open house for dear friends of ours who have been medical missionaries in Nigeria for the last 20 years with Campus Crusade for Christ. They are now moving to Rochester, Minnesota where he will practice at the Mayo Clinic. He will also continue his research work into rickets.

Saturday we went down to our friends in Orem and were going to go on a picnic up in the canyon. However, our temperature was 100ยบ F and the heat zaps any strength out of Pilot Dad so everyone opted for a picnic indoors where we could enjoy good old central air conditioning. :)

Then for Father's Day we went over to our best friend's home and celebrated the day together. Their daughter H's husband is in Afghanistan, so she was there with her two children, their other daughter, G, was there and then us. It was a great meal. Teriyaki chicken done on the grill, fruit salad, a jello salad with "frosting" (whipped cream), corn on the cob and homemade ice cream for dessert!! I am praising God for good food which nourishes our bodies.

We have found that Pilot Dad does better on his eating in a social situation. He picks and eats but manages to get some food down while everyone is visiting. This weekend the winners were the corn on the cob and watermelon. :) However, as the doctor reminded us today, they have no calories and no protein.
I praise the Lord for good friends who help us get through the tough times.

Speaking of the radiation visit today...we saw the doctor after PD had weighed. :( He has lost 10 pounds since last Monday. The doctor was not happy with PD...well, she was not happy about the loss of weight. PD feels so bad about not being able to force himself to eat. He thinks he is "woosing out" but I tried and the doctor tried telling him that there is nothing wrong with going with the feeding tube. My thoughts are praising the Lord we have such things in this day and age. It wasn't too long ago where feeding tubes didn't exist. So, Wednesday morning is the big day. After inserting, he cannot use it for 24 hours. We will be set up with a home health nurse who will come and teach us how to use it and will bring him the supplies needed.
I praise God for the medical advances we have at our disposal in this day and age.

This morning was a good morning to trim the bushes and trees out back. One of our pastor's sons offered to come over when we were visiting Friday night. His wife was at work and he had the day off so his help was greatly appreciated. Jim "supervised" and Jesse did the work and climbed up on the ladder etc. They almost finished but J will come back next week and finish up.
I am praising the Lord for His continued blessings when we are in need.

"Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord GOD is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds' feet, and makes me walk on my high places" (Habakkuk 3:18-19).


Pam said...

All around us we have so many things to name and praise Him for....thank you for your list, it makes me smile that you can "rejoice and be glad" while walking through this difficult time.

Feeding tube..YES! I am glad he has consented, it can always be removed later.


David Warren Fisher said...

Pilot Mom: I check for new posts every day. My visits to your site are always refreshing. THANKS! We are praying for Pilot Dad.

Be encouraged today, dear sister!

Much love in Christ,


HeyJules said...

So many things to be grateful for in the middle of such trying times. You're always an inspiration to me, Claire. Hug PD for me and tell him he can have ten of MY pounds. ;-)

passing-thru said...

Am new to this blogging , but David Fisher is my new found friend and I enjoyed your posts - a strong Christian indeed U are --
it will be "easy" to remember to pray for U all with a name like "PILOT MOM"

yours in Christ ---------

hebrews 11:1 said...

Pilot you have a juicer? I had surgery on my lip before, and my mom fed me after with syringefulls of carrot/celery/apple juice. It is very nutritious and has lots of vit/minerals. I think a lot o cancer patients drink fresh juice like that to help combat the cancer. Anyway, I pulled through with it until could chew again, which was only a few days.

I'm praying for you and your family.

The little pilgrim pal

Pilot Mom said...

Hebrews, yes we have a juicer! Aren't they wonderful things?! And we are told it is okay for us to use the juicer but the doctor is really pushing calories and protein. They want his weight to stay up. We are indeed proponents for juicing. :)

Hi Pam! I'm glad he consented too, even though he really didn't have much of a choice. ;)

David, thank you for your kind words! I am always encouraged when I've visited your place. :)

Thanks, JUles. He, alone is my/our inspiration. I do not know/cannot fathom how I would get through this without Him!

Passing thru, welcome to my home! Isn't David just wonderful?! I hope you will come often and leave refreshed. :)