Thursday, November 4, 2010

CARING BRIDGES - Suzette's websight

Our son Marc set up a Caring Bridges page for Suzette and our son-in-love, Dave, Suzette's wonderful husband, is posting on it each day to keep everyone informed.


Here is the link to it http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/suzettestevens/

Please feel free to keep up with her. I know she would appreciate your comments and encouragement.

The latest picture of her, right after she got her hair cut and began wearing it with it's natural curl.


An earlier picture of Dave & Suzette with her 2008 Saturn Vue with XR leather package.


Suzette is selling this car - It is in excellent condition and has 26,200 miles. The blue book value on it is $18,415 and she is asking $17,000. V6 - 3.6 liter - automatic transmission - 6SFD w/overdrive - Front wheel drive. It is all beige leather interior.


It was 6 weeks ago yesterday that this "journey" began for all of us.
It is HORRIBLE!!!
This family has been through some very difficult circumstances before but this has to rank as the very worst. BUT, just as we have not only weathered the previous ones, but been made better people because of the work God does in you, at such times of testing, that is our prayer as we walk this one out, holding firmly to HIS hand and HIS word that sustains us on a daily, and sometimes hourly basis.

I guess the worst part is the roller-coaster ride of good news/bad news & good days/bad days. After the Chemo going so well on Friday and her feeling really good on Saturday Suzette spent very bad days on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Tuesday Dave took her for her scheduled CT scan and that scan showed that fluid needed to be drained from the lung.

Yesterday was a very bad day so I am feeling very raw today. Mickey & I left the house at 8:30 a.m. to pick her up and take her to a 10:20 appointment at the hospital at Radiology.

Mickey drove and let Suzette and I off at the main entrance. Thankfully they had wheelchairs and a very nice volunteer who wheeled us to Radiology, which was quite a ways. Radiology is where they viewed her lung and marked an "x" on her back where they were to draw out the fluid. From there we were sent to Endocopy. So thankful for the wheelchair for the long way to where we at first waited in the waiting room and then were put in a private holding room where they took vitals and did blood work. Then we waited and waited and WAITED until 2:55 for her to finally be taken to the room where the Dr. withdraw 1.3 liter of fluid off her lung. This is the 3rd time, in these 6 weeks, that fluid has been drained from her lung.

Suzette was in terrible pain and discomfort and it was just horrible watching her sitting there, hour after hour, just waiting. To top it off she had nothing to eat. She was in a comfortable recliner and they kept bringing in the nice warm blankets for her, which helped but it was a LONG wait. We finally left the hospital just before 5 because even after the draining was completed we had to wait for x-rays to be developed to be sure no damage had been done to her lung.

Then the 3 of us hurried to Pan*era Br*ead where we got Suzette a large bowl of chicken-noodle soup and Mickey & I had the 1/2 sandwich - cup of soup meal. Boy did it taste good to us all!!!

Dave came in just as we arrived at their house. Suzette was totally exhausted. She had not sleep since awaking at 1 a.m. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for her now that that pressure is removed and she can breath better. Dave is taking her to her 3:30 appointment today with her oncologist for the results of the CT scan and what other information he might have.

We arrived home after 7 p.m. and even missed church services. We were both just exhausted. It didn't help that I had worked from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. the day before, Tuesday, at the Election and Mickey & Sherry had done The King's Kitchen with me missing.


I'm so thankful-----HIS MERCIES ARE NEW EVERY MORNING!!!!!




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14 comments:

Sharon said...

Susan
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
I will go to that sight.
My friend did that sight when her son was in that terrible car wreck a couple of years ago. I is a great way to keep up and to send then prayers and thought each day.
Thanks and please stay strong.

Mari said...

What a day - I can see why you were all exhausted. The prayers continue and I'm going to check out that site.

Kansas Bob said...

I can relate to long days and watching a loved one suffer. I pray that things will turn around quickly Susan and you will see the good hand of God up close.

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Susan, I am so sorry that your family is going through this tough time. I wish I could do more than just pray for you and your family.
Thanks for posting the caringbridge site, I already visited there and left a comment. God peace to you!

Nezzy said...

How horrible for you all. Yes, yes, yes my prayers are with them.

I've been a lax blogger, I lost my Daddy a month ago but was able to spend some time in Texas with him before he passed.

God bless your family and I'm sendin' healin' prayer sister!!!

Sweet Nothings said...

I got on Suzette's wesite last night and left her a note. Prating.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

gentle huggles for all of you. We will know somewhere down the road why Suzette has to go thru this but for now just cling to Him and to each other and to us too. You are loved.

Kathy said...

Wow. What a journey, already! Susan, I cannot imagine how this must be as a mother. You have done so much for Suzette, protected her, pray for her, and now she is totally in the Lord's hands. Trust at a whole new level is what is having to happen. My friend, how we love you. Know that in the Spirit, and by the Spirit, we're asking that you're arms are propped up, that you are fed, yes, even physically. Let the ministry to your household begin, in Jesus name. I would be right there, doing something, if I lived nearby. So glad there's a caring bridge site for her.

Saija said...

i pray for you all as the Lord brings you to mind ... and though i may not know the chemo part of "waiting" ... i do know about the diaylsis part (with my sister) and just the very real physical pain of having to wait for anything (leo) ... so i'm just (hugging) you all through the miles and webpages ... we know that God knows and does give comfort - as you said ... may He be closer to you all, closer than you've ever felt before ...

Debra said...

Susan, So sorry Suzette is having such a difficult time and I know how hard this must be on the entire family. I pray that the Lord will send your family strength and Suzette healing. Blessings my friend...

~Ginger said...

Thank you for the link Susan. I know the pain of cancer and how difficult it is on everyone. We've walked through lung cancer twice.

Much love and prayers always!

Just Mom said...

I know I haven't been commenting much (on a lot of blogs, really), but please know that doesn't mean that I'm not reading your blog or praying for your family.

Devoted said...

stopping by to send my love...always on my heart and in my prayers.

Maxine said...

Somehow I missed this post, but I did see that you had a rough day by reading your Facebook post. Now I see the link to her site. I will visit soon! Definitely have her in my heart and praying daily!