Monday, June 4

Post portum

Okay, so it's not really a port. It's called a "Groshong Catheter". But it's still sticking out of my chest. Surgery wasn't as crazy as I'd thought it would be. But five medical people in one room standing over you is still a lot. It feels like I've done a bunch of reps with a really heavy weight bar. And did I mention there are things sticking out of my chest? Oh, and my skin is blue. The cleaning substance they used dyes your skin blue. So I look like I've either just been to a football game, or I'm auditioning for a smurf.

We're at Virginia Mason now, waiting for the nurse to show herself. Good thing we checked in early. Thank you all for your prayers, they helped me a lot today. If you're interested in visiting me, please contact Lisa.

Please continue to pray that my nausea will be minimal while I'm here. Thanks again for all the support.

~B.

6 comments:

  1. Ben and LIsa,
    thanks for the email updates... It helps us know how you are doing and how to pray... We are with you daily...
    Hang in there!
    Steve and Stephanie

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  2. Anonymous5:43 AM

    Ben:
    Your sense of humor brings joy, no matter the situation. "Postportum" - cute!
    Praying for you today, that the docs will act on any side effect symptoms quickly and head them off effectively. May your body tolerate the chemo better this round.
    In His love,
    Mare Sullivan

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  3. Anonymous12:38 PM

    Your in my prayers and i read your blog daily.

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  4. Anonymous12:46 PM

    We're praying for you constantly, Ben! Thank you for blogging and letting us know how you're doing.

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  5. Anonymous1:51 PM

    Ben,

    Rolane and I continue to lift you and Lisa up to the Lord. Glad you had a good time on the island last weekend. We're praying you through this week!

    We love you guys!

    __Mick__

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  6. Glen Schaumloeffel4:41 PM

    Ben,

    Your sense of humor in the midst of all your going through is really amazing. I appreciate your honesty in asking for prayer and your simple child-like dependence on God's strength during this time. I was reminded of a song our youth group likes to sing written by Tree63. I'm sure you and Lisa are familiar with -

    Blessed be your name
    In the land that is plentiful
    Where the streams of abundance flow
    Blessed be your name

    Blessed be your name
    When I'm found in the desert place
    Though I walk through the wilderness
    Blessed be your name

    Every blessing you pour out,
    I turn back to praise
    When the darkness closes in, Lord
    Still I will say...
    Blessed be the name of the Lord
    Blessed be your name
    Blessed be the name of the Lord
    Blessed be your glorious name

    Blessed be your name
    When the sun's shining down on me
    When the world's all as it should be
    Blessed be your name

    Blessed be your name
    On the road marked with suffering
    Though there's pain in the offering
    Blessed be your name

    Every blessing you pour out,
    I turn back to praise
    When the darkness closes in, Lord
    Still I will say...
    Blessed be the name of the Lord
    Blessed be your name
    Blessed be the name of the Lord
    Blessed be your glorious name

    You give and take away
    You give and take away
    My heart will choose to say
    Lord, Blessed be your name

    I see this attitude in you. Continue to thank God for each and every blessing that comes from this bout with cancer ...and remember that you a choice to praise Him when things aren't going that well may be the "purest" form of worship.

    Nancie and continue to uphold you and Lisa regularly in prayer.

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