Day 4 – Monday (8/27/18)

Let me start today with the pertinent information regarding Blobby’s World.  I got a call from the radiology department this morning to schedule my biopsy.  The biopsy will be at 1:00pm tomorrow (Tuesday), but I have to be at the hospital at 12:00pm.  They want to do blood work first to make sure what “number” my clotting “score” is.  The results from the biopsy will take 48 hours to receive.  I went ahead and called the oncology doctor to see if I could “preemptively” setup the follow-up appointment.  I figured the results would be available by Thursday afternoon, Friday at the latest.  The oncology doctor is only open until 12:00pm on Friday.  I wanted to make sure I got a time slot in before the Labor Day weekend.  The last thing I wanted was to have to wait through that to get the results.  Rats.  No luck.  The receptionist told me that regardless of when the results were available, there were no available appointments this week.  HOWEVER, she said that I could call and get the results of the biopsy after they became available, so at least I would know what it is.  So… It is my understanding that I have the biopsy tomorrow, results late Thursday, probably (more likely) Friday.  I can call and know what it is, but I won’t be able to meet with the oncologist and discuss what we do about it until Tuesday or Wednesday next week.  I don’t have on official appointment setup yet, because they said they oncologist has to review and make a plan before I meet with him.

This morning was quite a ruckus at my house.  It was the first day of school, and the kids were adamant that THIS year, they were going to set alarms, wake up on their own, and make sure they were not late.  “Daddy, don’t you turn our alarms off!” I was reprimanded last night.  “Yeah yeah,” I replied.  Now that morning has arrived, let me paint the picture.  Have you ever heard 4 different alarm songs, all playing at the same time, over and over again… for 15 minutes… with nobody budging?  My house had to be pushing 100 decibels, three bodies still drooling on their pillows, and me, torn between proving a point, and losing my hair (wait… for those who know me… too late).  Decision time.  I could shut all the alarms off and sneak out of the house.  I could leave the alarms going and sneak out of the house.  Or I could grab a pot and a spoon and make sure everyone woke up!  As tempting as all three of these options were, God gave me the wisdom of Ephesians 6:4 “Father’s, don’t provoke your children to wrath.”  I inferred that probably was meant for spouses as well.  I decided to take the safe road and shut the alarms off, and gently woke everyone up.  The good news was, I was immediately rewarded for my decision.  “Dad, did you shut my alarm off?  I told you not too, it was going to wake me up!”  “Yeah yeah”.

Once everyone was up and moving, I was able to make it to work today with no issues.  My kids and wife made it (on time) to school also.  My son started 5th grade, my daughter started 4th grade, and my wife is stuck in 1st grade again for the 5th year.  Makes you wonder about these tutors sometimes, when they can’t even pass the first grade, haha.  At work, I found out that my bosses boss (operations manager) and my bosses bosses boss (plant manager) had heard about my situation.  They both pulled me aside and we talked for a bit and they gave me some encouragement.  I thank God that He put me in a work place that I feel like my coworkers and superiors are family also.

Time is running out, so I’m going to cut this edition “short” for tonight.  I’d like to end with this.  A fellow blog reader sent me this devotion they read tonight.  2 Corinthians 2:14 “Others will see Me in you as I give you victory over your trial”.  This is honestly one of the main goals I have with this blog.  I want God to use my situation to reveal Himself to everyone.  We all go through trials.  Often we try to hide them and work through them on our own.  We put on our happy faces and pretend like everything is okay.  I think this builds a culture where we isolate ourselves and we begin to think that we are the only person that has problems.  There is strength in numbers.  If would all be more open when struggles enter our lives, we would all see that we are not alone.  We can help prop each other up through prayer and scripture.  Hebrews 10:23-25 “Lets us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting (encouraging) one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Dear heavenly father, today was a good day.  The sunset tonight over the park was beautiful.  I love the beauty that You painted in all of Your creation.  I pray that we don’t take Your creation, or the days that you give us to live on this earth, for granted.  Help us to make the best out of all situations, and in all things, point to You.  It is only through you that I have the strength to hold my head high and keep trucking through this trial.  It is my sincere prayer that if anyone who reads this does not know you as their personal savior, that they would come to know you today.  We know that Your will is that all will come to repentance (2 Peter 2:9).  We also know that if we pray anything according to Your will, You hear us (1 John 5:14).  Thank You for hearing our prayers Lord.  Thank you for answer according to Your will.  Amen.