I’ve always been a fan of The A-Team, not the new version, the original. The A-Team, if you recall (yeah, yeah, I’m showing my age), was a team of misfits who were often called upon to help the down-trodden or abused – usually a girl was involved. What seemed like an easy solution always turned into something that involved welding, altering, and abusing some type of vehicle and ended in a mass of explosions, gunfire, and mayhem. Strangely, no one ever died in all of that destruction. The bad guys were always rounded up and held for the appropriate authorities – not a drop of blood was shed (at least that’s the way my feeble mind remembers it). At the end of every episode, Hannibal Smith, team leader, always said, “I love it when a plan comes together.”
Well, a plan is coming together, and it does NOT involve welding, altering, and abusing some type of vehicle. Nor does it end in a mass of explosions, gunfire, and mayhem. We received a call from MD Anderson this afternoon. They have not one, not two, but three matches for me. All are perfect “10s”. No, Bo Derrick is not one of the potential donors! I won’t even know who the donor is until at least a year after the transplant. That means the plan is moving forward.
I have another treatment this week here in Hot Springs. After that, we will do a CT scan here. I will do a bone marrow biopsy in Houston on July 16th and meet with both MD Anderson doctors on the 17th. If all goes well, the lymph node masses in my abdomen will have shrunk at least 50%. Once that milestone has been reached, a transplant will be scheduled four to six weeks later. YES! The plan is starting to fall into place. All that’s left is the final preparations, then comes the fireworks, err, good stuff.
Through all of this, I want you to know that we really appreciate your prayers and financial assistance. If you want specific prayer suggestions, pray that the masses will be reduced at least 50% and that housing will fall into place. Also pray for us to find someone who will be willing to stay in our home and take care of our pets for three months while we are in Houston. I also ask that you pray that Melanie will have a solid support system while we are in Houston. She has the hardest task as the designated care giver. All I have to do is concentrate on healing and getting stronger.
Pray that the finances will be there for us when we need them. If you want to help with finances, you can donate through my web page, harleyhudson.com. Gifts in kind are also appreciated (airline miles, hotel nights, etc.). Living in Houston will not be cheap. Parking at the hospital is expensive. Food expenses continue while we are there. Rent for housing is involved, though we hope to have seriously subsidized housing. Flights between Houston and Little Rock, before and after the transplant are expensive (we fly Southwest and try to book at least four weeks ahead to save costs). Hotel stays are costly, even with medical discounts. At the same time, we must keep things going here in Hot Springs.
We are not worried. We know Who is in control and has NEVER let us down. Jesus, himself, said this:
And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you?
You men of little faith! And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”
(New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. 1995 (Lk 12:22–31). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.)