|Kenyon and James|
|One of many Spanish Mackerel boated this morning with Cap'n Bill Whitney|
Hello to everyone from Duck Key, Florida. www.hawkscay.com How did I get here? Well, I was sitting at the car dealership on Thursday, waiting for my truck to get serviced, and I called Renee and said, "you know, one of these weekends I should get in the truck with Kenyon and head down to Florida, drop Kenyon off in Tampa so he can see James (his bff that moved last summer from Raleigh), and then head down to the Keys and poke around, then come back and pick up Kenyon and head home." Renee thought that was a great idea (togetherness is a great thing, but we have been together A LOT in the past month!!!). Not only that, but she deftly pointed out that this weekend presented an opportunity that might not come around again until spring break, because Kenyon was off for several days due to exam week. Well, Kenyon was wild about the idea and within 18 hours(!!!), we were on the road. It's the perfect trip - Kenyon gets to pal around with James, I get to see the Keys and catch a few fish, and Renee gets a few days of peace and quiet. I think Renee may have been the happiest :-).
Call me crazy, but we left at 5 am Friday, and I arrived at this resort, Hawk's Cay, at 10 pm, with over 1000 new miles on the odometer. I've always liked road trips!!
There is medical news as well and it's very good. I had "labs" Thursday in Raleigh and my white cell count has dropped into the normal range - 8300. That's amazing given that 10 days earlier it was 95,000. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!! I think I said before that we won't know if I'm in remission until mid to late April, but this first treatment has absolutely obliterated my cancer cells, so a great first round. The side effects have dissipated to being barely noticeable.....I'm still not up to 100% of my workout capacity but I feel really good and normal almost all the time now.
The chemo does some collateral damage, so while my total white count is in the normal range, I still have a disproportionate number of lymphocytes (the ones that are being produced in cancerous numbers), but now I have a dearth of "neutrophylls" - specialized white cells that fight infections. So the docs put me on some prophylactic antivirals and antibiotics to keep infections away. Hopefully those numbers will be up next week. So right now, I feel great and the news is good. It's still early in this journey, but Renee and I have already learned (and many of you have too) that around every corner is some new news or development and it can be something that lifts you up or takes you down - this is why it's so important to focus on the thing that never changes - God's love and care for us - as Jesus said, "I am with you always, even to the very end of the age". These great truths of scripture are the anchor of our lives, whether the news is good or not.
I fished with Cap'n Billy Whitney today and he was outstanding and good company as well - if you're ever down here I highly recommend him - here's a link to his website.....
I hope you are well and encouraged. Thanks as always for your prayers and support.