I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on what’s going on at the Alderman household. One of my goals is to keep you in the loop with how things are going.
Basically, we’re settling into a comfortable routine. Ellie still has to irrigate my kidney drains three times each day, but that process only takes about ten minutes with each irrigation. It does mean we stay up late for the night time irrigation, which in turns means we have a fairly slow start to our morning.
Three afternoons each week a hospice nurse comes to drain the fluid from around my lungs, a process we have been dealing with for the past couple of years. That draining basically takes up those afternoons.
Otherwise, I spend my time reading, napping, watching TV, or working on the computer. My primary symptoms are fatigue and shortness of breath, but when I’m sitting in my easy chair neither is particularly an issue. I’m grateful for the fact that I’m not in pain and that my appetite is strong once more.
One other important item occupies my time… spending time on the phone or on Face time with our new grandson. As many of you know, Daniel and Desi had a baby on February 1. They’re all doing well, and thanks to the marvel of technology we are able to share in every aspect of the baby’s day. He’s a bright spot in our lives!
Speaking of bright spots, I need to let you know how much your support and prayers mean to me. Let’s be clear…. There is nothing good about cancer. As I have often said through the years, we live in a broken world, and cancer is one of the thousands of manifestations of that brokenness. We’re struggling with the evil of cancer, but I am keenly aware of millions of people around the world struggling with the world’s brokenness in so many different ways. Many of you are dealing with the world’s hurt in your own particular ways.
God in his wisdom allows us to live in this broken world, but the Good News is that one day God will be victorious over that brokenness once and for all. We are in the season of Lent, and the empty tomb which stands at the end of this season is the assurance we have of the ultimate victory which is yet to come!
It is in the promise and hope of that victory that I live these days. I would be less than honest if I didn’t tell you that there are plenty of tears in our home now, but I also want you to know that there is laughter and joy as well.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve in three incredible churches, and most of all I have the blessing of an amazing family who surround me with their love.
To each of you… to each of them… and most of all to the Risen Lord… I give thanks