Thursday, August 6, 2015

Duke University, Here We Come!

   We are going to doctors almost all the time now. Each doctor sends us to other doctors. We have seen six so far, with return trips to each and many biopsies. Finally, the last one said that the hospital does not have the right equipment to do such a rare surgery. They have sent us to Duke University. Apparently, this is where Phil will get the best surgery and where the experts are. We are driving down for a conference with the surgeon on Wednesday, and then the surgeries will be scheduled. Duke is a very long trip, but we have friends and family to help. I have gotten sick with some kind of bug and have been in the E.R. Going to my own doctor today, I have to get well fast! Thanks for all your comments, patience, and prayers!! I love and miss you all. It has been a long and winding road for us, filled with many surprises.
   We spent part of the day with Anne Marie awhile back, and for one day we were able to just forget everything. Here is a picture of us just taken a few days ago. My header is on one of our many medical trips, returning at twilight.

28 comments:

Sandra said...

Ann Marie is almost as tall as you are, praying for both of you for travel safety and your health and Phils... love you both

Ruth Hiebert said...

All those doctors visits can tire you out,even when you're healthy.Perhaps you are worn out.Take care and try to get some rest.It's good to hear that Phil will have the top surgeons taking care of him.WIsh I lived closer,so that I could be of some help.Hugs to you.

Ann Thompson said...

I can only imagine how exhausting all of this has to be. I've been thinking of you often and praying for you and Phil both.

Linda said...

What a lovely photo, Ginny. I think of you a lot and am keeping you all in my prayers. Sending you a warm hug and much love.

CatTales said...

Remembering you both in prayer. May the Lord protect you in your travels and give the doctors wisdom. Your granddaughter is growing so fast. You both have beautiful smiles. xoxo

Shammickite said...

I love your header photo, lovely colours.
Best of luck with all the doctors and the tests, and take it easy on yourself, you need to stay well through these trying times.

S. Etole said...

Continuing to keep you both in prayer, and the doctors, etc..

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh dear...but, if this is what it takes, then....god willing....things will improve quickly. Remember, he holds you both in his hands, and that is what counts.

Was/is your ailment having to do with all the stress?!!

I'm sure Ann Marie brightened your day a lot.

LV said...

What a stressful situation you are going through. I trust all this going from one doctor to another will be worthwhile. Looks like the first one would have sent you to Duke. Sometimes, I get frustrated with the doctors. They are not truly interested in us old folks. You cannot find one that wants a senior citizen. May you find the inner strength to carry on.

Tamago said...

I'm sorry you had to go to E.R. I hope you are feeling much better.
It's great Phil will get the best surgery at university hospital. It must be very stressful to make so many medical trips. But I'm sure things will get better!
Great to see a lovely photo of you and Anne Marie. Take care xoxo

Dee said...

That's such a beautiful header and an even lovelier picture of you and Anne Marie. I hope you'll be feeling better real soon and I'm still praying for Phil. Blessings... :)

Bobbi and Gracie said...

She is beautiful and so grown up all of a sudden! You look great, Ginny. I am so sorry you and Phil are going through this. I know God is leading you to the perfect surgeons and hospital. I will pray every day!! Thanks for the update.

Chatty Crone said...

Duke - is that in NC?
I was just going to write you and ask i knew today was a big day.
I am glad there is somewhere to help.
When will you go and will the surgery be then?
I hope you feel better SOON.
You look like you lost weight.
Gosh you must have great insurance - which is good for you guys.
I will continue to pray for sure and i have others praying too.
Your granddaughter looks beautiful!

SweetMarie said...

I thought you may end up at Duke. I've only heard good things about the doctors at Duke! I'll keep you both in my prayers.
Pretty picture, you both look wonderful!
hugs,
Marie

Linda said...

Many prayers and much love for you and Phil!! You are going through such a hard time and are an inspiration to all of us with your lovely attitude - even though you are sick yourself!!!!

Chris Scheuer said...

Ginny, we live in Raleigh. If you need a place to stay, I'm serious, please let me know! We're probably just about 30 minutes from Duke!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Hi Ginny, I've been thinking about you and Phil and keeping you both in my prayers. Thanks for giving us an update! I'm so sorry you're sick and hope that you kick this bug out of your system very fast so you will be well and strong for the upcoming trip to Duke for the surgery. Prayers will continue for you and Phil. Love the photo of you and Anne Marie!
Hugs, Cheryl

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Ginny well it iagret to know that Phil will be in the bst place with the best experts available. That is very good news. I hope and pray that all goes well. Keep safe onthe roads. Many thanks for your email and I am glad you enjoyed listening to me on the radio the other day.

Nancy Chan said...

Hi Ginny, good to hear from you. Hope you are feeling better now. Will continue to remember you both in prayer.

DawnTreader said...

Nice picture of you and Anne Marie - smiling in spite of all. Thinking of you a lot and hoping all will go well. Wish you a speedy recovery for yourself, a safe journey for all of you and best possible outcome for Phil.

Patsy said...

Miss your post, so sorry you both have to go through so much to get the right treatment. It has be a long and hard road for you.

Rose said...

Ginny, I pray for you and Phil every day...this all really hits home with me because Roger's dad had skin cancer.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

My prayers and best wishes

Brocante hobbykamer said...

One very long road wish you all the best ..

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

How frustrating! I hope that things go well at Duke. It is a long trip, but I'm glad you have lots of support. Get well soon, and much healing for Phil!

photowannabe said...

Continued prayers for you and your Hubby and for the Doctors.
Praying for successful surgery and complete healing.
(((hugs)))

DeniseinVA said...

Hi Ginnie, sending much love and hugs to you and Phil, with prayers for total healing. You will always be in my thoughts dear friend. Love the photo of you and Ann Marie. Safe travels Ginnie. Not so far away here, if there is anything I can do I will be happy to help. Take very good care of yourself. Denise xxx

Small Kucing said...

stay strong. Ginny. Praying for you and phil