Tuesday, August 7, 2012

You Know It's Bad When....

Sandra and I (Ardie) have been playing this game a few times as we sit around waiting at the cancer clinic and hospital. We start with the sentence, "You know it's bad when..." and have many endings. Here are some of the latest ones:

You know it's bad when...

...you recognize chemo nurses from 3 years ago.
...you start recognizing and having the same porters at the hospital.
...you start recognizing different ambulance personnel in the emergency room.
...you know the entire Interventional Radiology (IR) Department by name, and they know you too even when you meet them in the hall.
...you make a trip to the emergency room 3 out of 4 Monday nights in a row.

We had visit number 3 within the past month on Monday night. The only other Monday out of the past 4 was the day Sandra got discharged after spending 8 days inpatient. Sandra was so hoping for a week free of appointments and possibly some outdoor activities this week so it was a disappointing start to the week.

Today she had another procedure done. This time the right kidney had problems. She was back in IR for the 2nd time within the week for a 2nd surgery. She is hoping to come home tomorrow.

Please continue to pray for strength for Sandra and for freedom from pain. She is so brave in the face of constant procedures, poking and prodding.

--submitted by Ardie


  1. Hi Ardie, Thanks for the update. Sandra, I left a voicemail on your homephone today, hoping that we could get together, but I guess it will have to wait. I hope you will feel well enough that you can go home soon and enjoy some more time outside. You are constantly in our prayers. Love, Corinna and Simone

  2. Thanks for the update, Ardie. You are a faithful partner for all those ER trips!! Sandra...praying for and thinking about you lots. Love, Jeanette

  3. Sandra, I'm following your blog (thanks to Jeanette) and you're in my thoughts and prayers. I am blessed by your blog entries; you are often so positive and give God the glory in spite of all you're going through. Wishing you a continued strong sense of His love and care for you,
    Irene Geleynse