Thursday, January 17, 2008

January 17, 2008 -- early evening

A flurry of activity today as so many of you responded to our call for help. THANK YOU! By the end of the day we had the whole house cleaned, a hospital bed installed, and an hygienic barrier constructed for Sabine’s bedroom.

Back at the hospital, the medical teams of renal and oncology seemed to clash about Sabine’s kidneys – she needed dialysis, then she didn’t. At the end of the day the medical staff decided to keep her another day. She didn’t get any sleep last night during the chemotherapy and we decided today that oncology should take the lead; that we would abide by what Dr Sheehan, the oncologist, recommended.

Nevertheless, those of us on the home front accomplished the mission: the house is ready for Sabine to come home to.

I will see Sabine in the morning and see how the day progresses and if she will be released home. Thanks to our friends from Portage who showed up even in the midst of a snow storm: Ted and Barb Chesney, Dave and Gretchen Considine, Sue Bradley, Tina Foster, Vera Leamons, Sue Wenger, and my friend from sword club, Dave Swanson, for making the house spic and span for Sabine’s return home. Some cars got stuck, our neighbor, Bob, came and plowed us out and we all started working on the house. And thanks to so many others of you who offered to help out in this emergency. We have asked our friends from St Peter’s in North Lake to be on call. We hold all of you, too, in our hearts!

While many of you could not make it today you have offered to help us in the future and to that we are eternally grateful and will be calling you. This will be a long battle!

Sabine is resting at the hospital tonight. We pray she has a good night’s sleep. Soon the chemotherapy will kick in and the battle will begin. Please continue to keep us in your prayers and for me to be a strong anchor of support for her.

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