"Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred."
We certainly have felt the love, and this proverb is true. Even in the midst of difficulty, with the love and support of our family and friends, this journey is a blessing to us.
I have a good update on Tammy. It's slow and incremental, but there's improvement to report. This morning she told the doctor that she's not in a lot of pain. She still has some discomfort, as you would expect with lots of mucus in her throat. But they were able to cut her steady drip of pain medicine in half, and she hasn't complained about any pain.
This morning, the doctor told us he expects to see some marked improvement as early as tomorrow, and by Friday, she should "feel like a new woman." He was very impressed with how well she's done, and he told her he believes her shirt when it says she fights like a girl. It was a different doctor here today than it was over the weekend (there are four who work together), and we joked with this one that if she did feel a lot better by Friday he could claim the credit in their weekly staff meeting. Not that they're competitive or anything.
Another thing that will help her condition is the fact that David Lee gets home this evening. It will be too late tonight for him to come by the hospital, but we'll come together tomorrow. I know Tammy will do better with one of her kids here with her. She is the epitome of a "mom." David will be here for three weeks, so he'll be here when Tammy comes home and for several of the early days of her time there. That will be a huge blessing to me as well.
I've received dozens, if not hundreds, of calls and emails from friends telling us they're praying for us. I feel a little guilty asking for so much prayer. This is the normal course of events for someone going through this. But a second batch of Leukemia is not that common. Mostly, it's my Tammy who's fighting this, so it's the biggest deal in the world. Thanks for indulging me and letting me share our journey with you. Mostly thanks for continuing to pray.