Robert and I continue to see fresh evidences of God's grace and Providence at work on our behalf. We could not be more grateful for His mercies.
Robert had a followup appointment with Dr. Timek (plastic surgeon) on Wednesday, to get his stitches and bandages removed. She was generally pleased, though there is one area of the skin that she wants to keep an eye on for proper healing. We will continue to nurse the wound at home and have a video followup scheduled with her for next Wednesday. She would like to do the next reconstructive surgery at the end of May, COVID-permitting (God-willing), hopefully at her office, with local anesthetic, as we do not know when the area hospitals will open back up for non-COVID procedures.
We had a followup appointment via video this morning with Dr. Melnik (surgical oncologist). She discussed the pathology report in greater detail. She made clear that "there was residual melanoma in the earlobe, so you did the right thing." She indicated that given this melanoma (stage 2B), Robert is at increased risk for other types of skin cancers and melanomas and that it can still metastasize. She wants to see him every three months (COVID-permitting); he also needs to see his dermatologist every three months for the next two years.
We asked Dr. Melnik how we could pray for her. She asked for prayer regarding the uncertain deployment/employment of the other members of her team. She also mentioned that the hospital where Robert had his surgery ten days ago is converting more beds to be used for COVID patients, and that in addition to not scheduling any elective surgeries, they may soon be eliminating any cancer surgeries. Again, we thank the Lord for His kindness in getting Robert in for surgery during this window of opportunity.
Our prodigal planet is convulsing under the weight of human rebellion against our Creator. The 24/7 news cycle these days is mostly sad, sobering, and stress-inducing. Death looms large. But the Good News that eclipses all other news is that on a Roman cross two thousand years ago, our Savior put death to death. He lives today and our great, redeeming God is in the process of making all things new.
Your prayers and encouragement have been a huge means of grace in our lives in this season. We are deeply grateful. May you experience fresh springs of His favor and peace on this holy weekend.
"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5).
It's Friday. But Sunday is coming. Hallelujah!