Today was a day of waiting and wondering. Just after midnight, I wondered how much snow we would get, wanting to wait and see...knowing I would have an early morning and trusting that God would allow us to get to Mom & Dad's to get him to his appointment.
More waiting, an hour and a half, while they injected Dad with radioactive dye and then did his PET Scan. They told us we could call the oncologist for results at 2. So we waited...
At 2, no news. No news at 3:30. At around 4, the doctor called to say that the radiologist hadn't yet read the scan. He would go find him and have him go over it with us. We would wait for him to call us back.
Doug & the boys & I waited with Mom & Dad 'till around 5:45 and then headed home. I had been a long day and we were tired. At 6ish, Mom called. The doctor had called her. No more waiting.
The PET Scan revealed a tumor in Dad's right hip that the doctor feels has infiltrated his femur. Dr. Reddy believes that Dad's femur is fractured.
I am at Mom & Dad's now. I came back over to spend the night. The doctor said that we can wait 'till tomorrow morning to take him to be admitted to LGH. Tonight, Dad needs to be still. We are thankful that Dr. Reddy is on-call all weekend and are hopeful that things will move more quickly once Dad is admitted. We are hoping that there will be an on-call orthopedist to take a look at his leg. We are hopeful in God.
On Monday, Dad will have a guided bone marrow biopsy along with a biopsy of his hip. Aside from that, we do not know now what the next steps will be. But we know Who walks them with us...in fact, has had them planned for eternity. He will never leave us or forsake us.
Although we would have loved to hear that the scan was clear, it is good to know what has been causing the pain in Dad's hip for the past few weeks. It is good to know that he has a caring, compassionate doctor who is keeping things moving. It is good to know our God is able to do more than we could ask or imagine.
Please pray that Dad would really sleep well tonight. His mind is wandering, he is fearful, and he is upset but he is trusting God and is calling out to him for mercy & peace. Pray for my Mom...she has alot on her shoulders and is trying hard to be strong. Please pray that my mind would not take me too far into the future but that my focus would be on the cross and the hope that is there for all of us.
Psalm 33:20 We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.