I had my three-month Multiple Myeloma cancer check recently. I had a blood draw for lab work a few days prior.
I once watched Emma, a high school girl, sink twenty or more baskets in a row. She warmed up by sinking ten hoops, missed one and started over, sinking one-handed shots one after another until I lost count. She seemed unstoppable. Each time the three-month mark approaches on my cancer watch cycle, I wonder again – how many consecutive times can I “swish” with favorable test results? How many times can I draw the high card without fail? I can do it for the rest of my life!
Walking out the door after church recently, a young lady ahead of me turned around and smiled. I said, “I know you, but don’t remember how.” She answered, “I treated you.” I’ve had a few treatments, so I asked her politely, trying not to sound like a smart-ass, “Where did you treat me?” “At St Vincent’s.” “Yes!” I said. “Radiation Therapy! I remember you! Thank you.” It was so good to see her again, especially there at Athey Creek Christian Fellowship.
I retired, but I’m still anticipating the rumored leisure of retirement. In a stroke of good timing(?), just as I retired it became necessary for my mother-in-law to move to an assisted living facility. I was able to help relocate her, and help move (still moving) most of her things out of her house, paint and prepare (still preparing) her house to sell, and more.
I have enjoyed a few retirement victories. For example, my picture files are well on the way to being more organized than ever. Also, it’s late morning on a week day and here I sit enjoying more writing practice. And, when I finish getting dressed, I will go out and walk under that Chevy and finally replace the “Roulette Wheel” fuel pump (Roulette because if it stops on just the right spot, it leaks).
Since I had the labs done in advance, I was able to see my cancer test results online just before seeing the doctor. There are many categories in the tests results and they continue to be reported in Medical Greek, but I saw no spikes or nose-dives in the numbers. The doctor confirmed my suspicions that the test results were good. I have nearly three months before I cut the deck again. I remain thankful to God for a life overflowing with blessings.