Lydia spilled all her soup on the floor. She disobeyed every. single. directive I gave her today. Asa woke up crying 14 seconds after Lydia laid down for her nap. Lydia started caterwauling 30 seconds later because it started raining lightly misting outside. I called every single bookstore in Atlanta looking for Betsy Tacy for my niece’s birthday. No one carries it.
But the creme de la creme? Daddy was at the hospital this morning. For anyone this is a terrible sentence. But for us, it’s a vivid flashback of the emergency surgery Daddy had on his colon three years ago. Surgery that showed us a cancerous tumor and a body “eaten up” with cancer. Surgery that left the surgeon with “there’s nothing I can do” as his only response. Surgery that led Daddy to months of chemo and radiation.
But it was also a surgery that brought us to an adventure with God. A walk journey of faith. And ultimately a battle. A battle for Daddy’s life. And we Jesus was victorious. Daddy has been cancer free since that time. He will tell you he believes he was healed in the hospital after the surgery. Many many people can confirm this. (Seriously, ask any of my friends.)
Today, however, he is in the hospital for a biopsy on his liver. He has had Hepatitis C for several years. It has been at the first and lowest stage. At a routine doctor’s visit this week, his blood tests showed the hepatitis has advanced to the third and final level. So, a biopsy was ordered for today. We won’t know the results for several weeks but IF it is in fact in this final stage, one of two things will happen:
1. Daddy will have to take medicine in the form of a shot once a week for the next 43 weeks. FOURTY THREE. This medicine’s side effects are flu like symptoms. So, he would basically have the flu for a year.
2. Daddy decides not to take the medicine and the liver disease would progress until it killed his liver.
I don’t want either of these options, so I’m choosing to pray for healing. Please join me in praying that this biopsy shows NO advanced hepatitis. I am a firm believer in healing because God’s Word is clear:
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years…This [God’s Word] will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:1-8
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases. Psalm 103:2-3
I don’t have a beautiful ending to this post. Just a plea. Pray for my dad, Darrell. I’l l keep you updated!