It has been an out of the ordinary Spring around the Karrmann household. Not just because of the obvious reasons, but because we have had an unusual amount of birds making nests around our house. The Robin that made her nest under our deck has moved on. The babies have grown and have left the nest. Another Robin has chosen to make a nest in a little tree by our front door. The babies have hatched and are soon ready to leave the nest as well. Barn Swallows have made their nest, as they have done so year after year, on top of our dryer vent. And in the last couple of days, Blue Birds have chosen to make a nest in a bird house that my daughter, Kendall, built and painted. The bird house is sitting on the gazebo on our deck and every time we are sitting at the kitchen table we have front row seats to watching a miracle take place...watching the female make her nest, stick by stick while the vibrantly blue male watches over her.
I know this may sound silly, but these birds have become a blessing to me. They are a constant reminder of the power of God and his love for me. I was given the verse above days ago about how much God cares for the birds and provides for their every need. It is a great reminder that if God provides for these birds in every way, he will provide for us in every way. If God cares for these birds, imagine how much He cares for us. I think God sent these birds to our home to be a reminder that he is watching over us and to remind us of his love during this difficult time. And most of all, a reminder that we need to completely trust God.
Yesterday was a very busy day. I had an appointment with Radiation Oncology to begin planning for radiation treatment. The radiation must be very precise since it will be given on my face and in my eye. They are trying to minimize any damage that might be done to the eye. They took several scans to better determine the anatomy of my face. They also molded a mask that starts at the top of my chest and goes up over my head. This mask will be placed over me every time I have radiation to prevent me from moving and to map out the precise area that is given radiation. When the mask is placed over me, it is bolted to the table. It has very little holes that I can see out of and breath through. It is not a pleasant experience and somewhat claustrophobic. I am not sure how I am going to handle having the mask on me for 30 minutes. After the appointment with Radiation Oncology I was off to have the MRI and PET scans completed. I will not know the results until Monday. On Monday, they will decide what the next step will be. If I had a good response again from the second round of chemo, they may decided to do another round. If not, I will begin radiation on June 8. It would be nice to have another week off from treatment, but on the other hand it is hard to wait. I just want to get things rolling and done with!
Please pray that the cancer gets out of the orbit of my eye and that my eye is protected from the Radiation. These are my biggest concerns, other than getting rid of the cancer all together. My eye appointment went well the other day and my eye sight is perfect as well as my peripheral vision.