Well, it's official... I heard late this evening that I've been laid off from my current employer. The official word is that my position no longer exists even though I have a return to work release from my Doctor. We sure could use a little added prayer from all of you regarding this matter. Specifically for God to open the right doors for us and to lead me to the perfect job and also for us to navigate through the Cobra insurance system over the next few days to keep my health insurance going.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Posted by Russ at 7:32 PM
Seeing my surgeon this morning brought a little bit of good news today which helped us through the rest of the day. The surgeon removed the bile drain bag this morning and clamped off the hose. He said the drain was no longer needed because my liver has kicked into full stride and is working very well! All other indicators are looking great and I was even given a return to work order with no restrictions! Wow! That was unexpected but surely welcomed. He said that his phase of treatment is complete and I should begin the next phase as soon as possible. I'll have to return to the surgeon in 5 weeks to have him remove the hose but aside from that I'm done with him!
Posted by Russ at 4:08 PM
Monday, June 23, 2008
Good Monday morning to everyone. It's been a few days since we posted an update so I thought I'd take a moment to write one to fill you in on the latest and what we have coming up. Since my return from the last stay in the hospital I've been losing the battle with trying to get consistent sleep but I believe that has a lot to do with the medications that I'm on. The good news is I'm almost finished with those medications and look forward to getting back to a good sleep routine soon. Aside from the sleep issue, the most difficult thing to get used to is the heightened sensitivity to my senses. Every touch, odor, sound, and taste is magnified and creates an unusual and unpleasant response. Even my sense of sight is affected when we go out in public. The shear numbers of colors we see in a grocery store create a slight level of confusion and discomfort. Again, all of these things are more than likely caused by the medications so I really look forward to getting off them.
- Please pray for us as a family. As you can imagine this event has placed a lot of uncertainty and stress in our lives. Please pray we will continue to trust God for everything.
- Please pray for my employer this week. They have been very generous thus far in this situation however, decisions will have to be made this week as to what future, if any, I will have with the company.
- Please pray for our finances as well. Depending upon the decision made this week at work we may be in a very difficult financial place. Of course, nothing God won't be able to handle.
- Finally, please pray for my Doctors appointments this week. I will be meeting with the Radiology Oncologist to discuss the process and effects the radiation treatments will have. I will also be meeting with the surgeon to discuss clamping off my bile bag to see if I can go without it. Both of these appointments will be on Thursday.
Posted by Russ at 9:01 AM
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Just a quick update to let you know that Russ is home. He is feeling good and was able to get some good rest last night. Continuing on to the 2nd phase of the journey. We love you Lord and Lord, thank you for all of our wonderful friends!
Posted by Russ at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Praise God!!!! The fever is no more, the infection is not serious and can be controlled by antibiotics and the pain is being managed. Russ is feeling better, however, he is very sore around the right lower area of his lung, so please pray for that pain to go away.
The doctor feels he will probably be able to return home Wednesday morning.
Thank you for your continued love and prayers.
In the palm of His mighty hands,
Posted by Russ at 4:32 PM
Monday, June 16, 2008
Russ has been admitted to Good Samaritan and is getting some rest, per the doctor's orders. He is fighting an infection, so visits are very limited to protect his immune system. Please pray for healing and some good rest. We will post more when things change.
Posted by Luke Little at 11:23 AM
Good morning, this is Lori G. Robyn asked me to post this morning that Russ was taken via ambulance to Good Sam early today. He is being admitted and will return to the 9th floor. Russ has an infection and his temperature is spiking quickly. Please pray that his fever would be controlled and that he would receive excellent care from the doctors and nurses at Good Sam. Thank you for bringing the Bishop family before the Lord!
Posted by Russ at 7:16 AM
Friday, June 13, 2008
Robyn and I walked out of the Oncologist's office today and just sat in the truck for a few minutes trying to gather our thoughts and feelings. The only way to describe how we feel after the last 4 weeks and today's office visit was to use the word "Numb". We are absolutely numb to everything that has gone on in 30 days and our heads are spinning at the speed at which everything is going. The good news is we still have that tingling sensation and we know that hope still surrounds us!
Posted by Russ at 3:44 PM
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Russ said jokingly, "Robyn, couldn't you have gotten the appointment on a different day?" Yes, the oncologist appointment is on Friday the 13th.
On another note, Russ is enjoying being back at home and healing well. He was able to take a short walk up and down our street this morning enjoying some fresh air and exercise. He is getting lots of rest and missing food with texture. (Soft foods right now)
Russ got on the blog breifly the other day to read your comments. He is so humbled by all of your love and prayers. Russ and I love being in our Shepherd's care and love being in the same "flock" with all of you. Even though there are some rocks here and there in the meadow, the meadow is so very, very green. We praise you Lord.
Next posting will be on the 13th to let you know the outcome with the oncologist.
Posted by Russ at 12:11 PM
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Dr. Cashman gave Russ the OK to come home this morning. It is so nice to have him home and he is very glad to be home.....as Dorothy in OZ said, "There is no place like home!"
The next step is an appointment with the Oncologist to get a treatment plan in motion. However, Russ will need time to heal before any treatment can start.
When Russ is feeling up to it he will post a letter to all of you and I will update you next week to what the Oncologist shares with us.
To God give all the glory! I see His thumbprints all over this. We wouldn't want it any other way.
Please continue to pray for continued healings from our Heavenly Father. We love and appreciate you all. Please come for a visit if you are in the neighborhood. Russ will enjoy the company.
Posted by Russ at 12:03 PM
Monday, June 2, 2008
Thankfully, Dad had a very restful night! He is feeling rested and has some energy back. However, the doctor had to share some bad news. The pathology reports came back and sadly some of the lymph nodes are cancerous. This is all we know at the moment, Dad will be seeing his oncologist in a few weeks to discuss the next few steps. My family and I would like to thank you again for all the prayers and we ask again that you continue to pray! Despite this news dad feels rested and he would like you all to know that he is in room 935 at Banner Good Samaritan if you want to visit, however, we do ask out of respect for the staff that visitors come between 5:30 - 7:00 pm only. Thanks again for everything you have done for my parents... It has become obvious and overwhelming the amount of people who truly love my parents! THANK YOU!
Posted by Russ at 2:18 PM
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Despite a painful and sleepless night Dr. Cashman believes Dad/Russ has been making some good progress, therefore he is no longer in ICU! Although he has been moved the doctor and nursing staff have asked that visitors be kept to a minimum. Right now the goal is to get pain under control with the new medicine and get some restful sleep in order to continue healing. Another praise, as you can see, Dad has been disconnected from a majority of his tubes/wires! Please continue to pray for more progress and the results of the pathology reports of the lymph nodes. Thank you again for all the thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement, not only does my dad appreciate all the love but so does my family! We appreciate you all.
Posted by Russ at 5:44 PM