Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015 - Day 8 in Cancun

We started the morning with breakfast and then went to Tony’s room at the hospital so Larry could share some scriptures and pray with them before the stem cell treatment began.  Last night, Larry printed off the scriptures at the Business Center in the hotel so they would have them to read again and could take them home with them.  The toner was almost gone.  When Larry reported the problem to the front desk person, they had him email them what he wanted to print and then brought it to us.  The best thing about that is that they probably took time to read the scriptures, too.  We spent time talking and visiting with Tony, Karen, and their son for a while and then went downstairs to walk. 

My path to walk is from the hotel all the way down the long main hall of the hospital, past the cafeteria, and to the pharmacy at the end of the hall.  Larry stepped it off and one round trip is about a quarter of a mile. We pretty much pass several of the same workers every day and greet them.  Several have stopped to talk as we walk by.  That’s one of the nice benefits of walking slowly.  Some now smile and say, “Exercise.” Larry continues to enjoy the exercise/weight room/steam room each day.

From hotel to hospital

Down the long hall

Past offices
The hospital cafeteria

Past the Pharmacy

Back to the hotel

The hotel

We have eaten several breakfasts and a few lunches at the hospital cafeteria.  The menu is in Spanish and English so we are getting pretty good about pointing to what we want in Spanish so that Amalia can order for us.  She understands very little English, but a smile and our limited Spanish are greeted with sweet expressions and appreciation.

Amalia and Debbie in the Hospital Cafeteria

Tomorrow’s the big day.  We will meet at the hospital at 9:00 a.m. for this final round of treatments.  I will need to fast once again before the procedures.  First I will have an IV to hydrate me and then the infusion of 200 million stem cells through the IV.  Finally I will have two injections of stem cells in the lymph nodes in the groin area of both the right and left legs.  Since I have not had this treatment previously, I’m not exactly sure what to expect.  That might be a good thing.  I’m assuming the treatments will be over around noon.

Prayer requests:
God to be glorified in ALL that happens
A smooth insertion of the IV (My tiny, rolling veins don’t always make this an easy process, especially after fasting and no water)
Calmness for the lymph node injections
For each of the stem cell treatments to reach their potential to bring about healing
For Larry and me to be able to adequately express our gratitude and hope to the medical personnel, hotel people, and waiters and waitresses
A great last day to rest, relax, and enjoy God’s provision
Smooth flights on Friday

Today’s Bible reading had some verses that are very special to me.  What a sweet blessing and great reminder.

 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

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