Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Update from David@Montréal


Prayers for Frank and Robert

From today's e-mail:
OK My beloved Prayer & Practice Giants,
We've come to the tough part with my beloved cousin Frank. they've managed to wipe out his immune defense system and last night the genetic transfer occurred through the Hickman catheter in less than an hour. The technical transfer appears to have gone quite well as the nausea and shivering lasted less time than anticipated. Frank has yet to eat, however.
Unfortunately he's also received what could be a life-threatening bacterium, and having identified it they are giving him an antibiotic which is so strong the body can only tolerate four treatments before the kidneys are terminally impacted.
Frank is feeling very vulnerable at present, to quote Carol his wife and my friend, 'tears are always close to the surface', and if you knew what a dynamic, active person Frank is, you'd realize just how vulnerable he's feeling.
Apparently the polar fleece blanket I made him arrived today and was cause for another round of tears- especially the part of my letter which spoke of the Love beyond his wildest imagining which is always with him ( and we all know where I learnt that, don't we?)
At least a couple of you also apparently did your own research and sent Frank cards or letters to the hospital, as Carol tells me he received mail from 'friends of David'. Thank-you whoever you all were, but it's your prayer and practice I'm calling on right now- make that begging.
But for anyone else wanting to write to Frank, it's

Frank Davies
Vancouver General Hospital T1543
Jimmy Patterson Wing
Leukemia Bar BMT Unit
Vancouver BC
V5Z 1M9

The results of Robert my neighbor's first double dose of gamma therapy left him pretty wasted, but the blood work results are much better than the doctors expected and Robert is giving full credit to 'that gang of yours, David.'
What is particularly beautiful is the generosity of a young couple of neighbors who have a car and drive Robert to and from the hospital.
Yesterday evening, he actually brought his dog out for a walk and we sat in my garden and talked for some time of what he's experiencing with this re-occurrence of his leukemia.

[Lightly edited]
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that they may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

1 comment:

FranIAm said...

I just read this email myself... Thanks be to God, prayers continue!