Just over 48 hours after leaving he was back home.
Here are some photos of the last two days.
I chose not to tell my mom that my dad was on his way home earlier than what we had discussed. She was elated when he walked in the door as her world got exponentially better. I wish she could truly grasp what he went through and what it means.
We are all so grateful to Roger for being my dad's taxi driver and hospital comfort.
The friends my parents have are nothing short of incredible... the product of decades of investment and intentionality on all sides.
My uncle and aunt stopped by to check in. Always a treat to see family. I think it's safe to say they were both pleasantly surprised to see how well my dad was doing overall.
Alan and Rhonda were super thoughtful and dropped by with a scrumptious dinner. Again, dear friends with such rich relational roots.
The boys and I still aren't quite sure how long we will be staying. What we do know is that my dad is doing far too well to require much assistance. Everything has gone so smoothly that the PayPal Pool is now closed, the MealTrain was never even created, and I no longer need to field calls or schedule visitors. What a fabulous reality! The Lord has been faithful in such positive-to-us ways... for that I am deeply thankful. Of course, prayers are always a good idea and we humbly ask that you remain steadfast in your commitment to pray for my dad (and mom).
SURGERY WAS A SUCCESS!!
A few photos from surgery day.
Wednesday, August 21 at 10am - time shift || Pre-op arrival at 7am
Wednesday, August 21st at 11:00am PST
Stage 4 Melanoma
August 9th, 2019
What had been a progression of melanoma to Stage 4 (in lymph nodes and torso) became exponentially more serious as a PET scan revealed a 2.3 cm tumor in his brain.
How was this tumor discovered?
Well, I mentioned the PET scan above. That scan was suggested by one of Barrie's dearest friends after learning that the melanoma was classified Stage 4 (after a surgery to investigate and remove a few growths from his torso showed that there were more growths than originally anticipated). Barrie's friend had done some reading up on melanoma and discovered that it is known to travel to the brain. Interestingly enough, Barrie's oncologist/ surgeon didn't suggest the PET scan because Barrie isn't showing any signs/ symptoms of a tumor in his brain. I am unclear as to what symptoms would betray the tumor's presence.
Regardless, we are praising God that there are no symptoms and that the Lord used Barrie's friend to suggest the PET scan! This story could have had the Second Act play out very differently.
What is the course of action?
Regarding conventional treatment:
Barrie's appointment with the neurosurgeon today was rescheduled for tomorrow (8/15) at 8:00am. We are hoping to know more after that appointment.
Already, the doctor has mentioned surgery and radiation. Barrie has confidence in his doctor's decision.
Regarding alternative and holistic treatment:
The plan is:
I know we all (Barrie, Debbie, & Coral) would appreciate your prayers above all else. The Lord is clearly still in the business of miracles - this journey has already had some. Let us pray expectantly that the Lord will grant us our requests and we will witness even more miracles unfold.
...more to come...