Our latest visit to OHSU was nicer in that we had more time to relax and not feel as pressured to go-go-go. God is so kind and gracious! We only spend half the day at OHSU on Thursday which was very refreshing! Josh had really wanted to get together with one of his friends, and we got spend some time together by visiting his workplace and eating a late lunch there together. Thank you for treating us, Josh Simpson!
Later that evening we also got to celebrate our anniversary by having a romantic dinner at a restaurant on the 30th floor overlooking Portland. It was beautiful! Thanks, mom, and dad Seibert for your anniversary gift–we used it to eat there! The only downer to our lovely evening was accidentally getting stuck in an underground employee parking garage. I thought I’d end up having a panic attack! …but instead, I prayed, got out of the car, and took a deep breath of fresh air. We need prayers that I’d be tough! Josh said God might be trying to help me toughen up. I’ll probably laugh about this incident later. But for now, it was a good learning experience of being in a stressful situation and the importance of praying and staying calm. Praise God for the Holy Spirit who gives us peace and help! We eventually did manage to ‘escape’ after about 5-10 minutes when an employee came in to park his car and let us out. There will surely be many highly stressful times during Josh’s treatment, so it was kind of like a little drill.
When we got back to the hotel, we were able to relax in the hot tub at our hotel. It was so amazing because we ended up getting to know the only two other families that came into the pool/spa area while we were there and they were both families who love the Lord! What are the odds, in Portland, for three Christian couples to meet at a spa at the same time! It was like a divine appointment! We intimately had a strong connection! We got to pray with both of these families and were encouraged by one another. They are both going through medical issues at OHSU so we lifted them up in prayer too. One of the husbands there was also a pastor and Josh enjoyed a long conversation with him.
Friday, we spent most of all day at the hospital. We did get to ride the sky tram at OHSU in between appointments, just for fun. Also, we got a break long enough to drop some things off at the home we plan to stay in, and have a lunch date. We ate at a local diner, walked around with no rain and even some sunshine, and then went to a cute french pastry shop where we enjoyed gluten-free french pastries! Thank you, Juliet Kane, for the recommendations and for letting us visit!
Besides routine labs and check-ups, Josh got to see a physical therapist and his transplant doctor. It was a good visit with his doctor, but she informed us that Josh’s blood counts were down dramatically and would need a blood transfusion. She reassured us that it would not negatively impact the transplant since he doesn’t have transfusions frequently. It was his first time ever having a blood transfusion so it was scary, but the doctor also told us Josh would feel much better and energized afterward– and he did!!
We were both so glad to stay two nights in Portland. Josh is at a point were he really must pace himself. Your continued prayers are much appreciated! They are aiming for admitting him in the hospital on March 9th. Prayers for our sweet boys too! Noah turns 11 March 17th. Thank you Mike & Vicki Friend, Martin & Catherine Seybold, and Ralph & Becky Detloff for caring for the kids!!! We are so thankful to God for our loving church family for their grace while we come up to Portland for these visits and giving Josh a paid sick leave during treatment!
Thank you every single person who has prayed, helped watch the kids, given to our medical fund and/or followed our blog! Lastly, we ask that you would please pray for continued financial provision. We just found out our insurance requires we pay 30% of Josh’s costly transplant/hospital stay on top of the deductible, and possibly chemo or other specialty medications and expenses so we will need to raise more funds. We pray for God’s continued provision and a peace that surpasses all understanding.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7 ESV