Laughter. There are times when we long for it like the missing ingredient in the mixture of life’s emotions and there are times when it’s simply a blast of unwelcome, ear shattering, mood-killing, irreverent, noise. Nevertheless, laughter, when rightly placed, is like a song of praise rising up to meet the joy of Heaven.
Monday’s visit was a double header; infusion at 8:30 AM followed by a visit with our oncologist. We walked up to the check in desk with our snack bag filled with fruit and nuts in one hand and bag of boredom breakers, including a laptop, Kindle, and Bud’s book on tape, in the other. It’s the old Boy Scout rule – Be Prepared. And for us being prepared means doing all we can to break up the monotony of the three hour drip, while keeping our minds from overthinking our circumstances.
Then, to our complete surprise, the infusion went way faster than expected. The nurse set the drip a speed higher than usual, which cut an hour off the IV time, giving us ninety minutes to play with before our visit with Dr. Orwoll. So we headed over to the hospital for lunch, cackling like normal people who get to do something that doesn’t involve cancer.
In keeping with the mood of the day, our visit with Dr. Orwoll went even better than the hyper-active drip! You know the news is good when your oncologist walks into the exam room with a smile on her face and laughter in her voice. We have successfully completed our round of weekly infusions. Bud’s lymph nodes are shrinking rapidly! After his next treatment, two weeks from now, we’ll switch to one per month! He’ll still be taking nineteen chemo pills at one time every two weeks. Aside from the heavy fatigue in the early evenings, he’s not having any of the predicted side effects, including, mouth sores, nausea, chills, hair loss, etc. And, if things continue to go as swimmingly as they are, we’ll be free to go to Hawaii for our anniversary in March!
We laughed our way home. Because laughter, when rightly placed, is like a song rising up to meet the joy of Heaven. God, my friends, never not hears our hearts! Never forgets what we ask for! Never loses sight of where we are and what we need. He’s the God of well placed guffaws. And this would all still be true even if the news was not good from our perspective. He’s in this journey with us!
What a blessing it is to share the laughter with you as we rejoice in what our God is doing in and through us all.
He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. Job 8:21
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MEETING US AT THE THRONE!
Love and joy
Sandy and Bud