The prior 60 hours we have been on a huge roller coaster of emotions. I have written of the events up through Monday morning with Caleb. I made my way from NYC to Tulsa and arrived home about 8:30 pm. My wife picked me up at the airport and we made our way to the hospital where Caleb was on the oncology floor, The biopsy had been performed earlier in the day and the mass seen in the cat scan turned out to be a cantaloupe sized ball of a pasty substance instead of a tumor. One of his major blood vessels was wrapped around it. They sucked 80ccs of the fluid for testing and said they would have the results Tuesday afternoon. Caleb was in intense pain and was being given morphine to help relieve the pain. We had prayer with Caleb and Stacey and left for home after 10pm.
Yesterday morning I was eating breakfast and Stacey called. The surgeon had been in and said that Caleb would go to surgery yesterday or today. Before I had finished breakfast surgery changed to between 10 – 12. We hurriedly prepared and drove into town. We arrived only 15 minutes before he was taken down. We spoke for a moment, had prayer, and kissed him and told him that we loved him. It was hard to see my youngest son in so much pain and uncertainty. They only thing we were told was surgery would be a few hours. There were 3 surgeons; an oncologist, a GI, and a general surgeon. It seems they weren’t sure what they may be getting into but I know they had a direction and that God was doing the directing whether they knew it or not.
After only an hour an a half the phone rang in the surgery waiting room. We were surprised when they reported he was already out of surgery. The surgeon came in within a few minutes and gave us a full report. The huge ball was a cyst full of fluid which they excreted from the cyst and were able to remove it. They also found another cyst that he described as cottage cheese looking and removed it. When probing all around his internal organs a kink was found in his intestine that had been there since birth. They removed 2-3 feet of his intestine but found nothing that appeared to be cancerous anywhere inside of him. They did send all tissues and fluid in for testing to make certain there are no malignancies and we will know by Friday Before the surgery they really were looking for lymphoma.
The surgeon said that in his 30 years of being a surgeon he had never seen what he found in Caleb. He was able to find one case study from the 80s that matched. Caleb is truly a unique man and it continues. I arrived in his room at 7am this morning and he was sitting up, had good color, and was working on a word book. The Lord truly has been with us during this time.
At my age I have been through many such events. What helps me the most is looking back at God’s faithfulness. The prayers of God’s people is also a means whereby God works. He isn’t a genie in the sky that we can call upon to perform His magic. God has a plan, and His plan will be fulfilled and the many thousands of prayers were all a part of that plan. He truly answered them and we Praise His holy name for His grace and mercy.
I want to give you all a hearty thank you and wished I were able to give you all a very big hug. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!
Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,