Friday, August 28, 2009

Roller Coasters and Toasting

Big Friday came and is being celebrated in every corner of the Bat Universe.

Big Friday saw Josh, after being diagnosed with coronary artery vasospasm, receive his orders - take around five meds, no more caffiene, better diet - and was released.

Big Friday saw Zoe riding in style in her new stroller - worth more than either of the cars in our driveway - that lets her ride in comfort, support...and lets her see. Thank you, Humana Healthcare.

But the biggest of Fridays goes to....

Bat, who went to see Dr. Winkler, his long-time oncologist. Dr. Winkler was not present while Bat spent his time at the Hospital That Will Not Be Named. Honestly guys...we all thought this was the visit where Dr. Winkler used terms like "being brave" and "hanging on."

Instead, Dr. Winkler said he kept looking and looking for some drug that might help. As in, not help Dad die with dignity, but as in, help him live.

Imagine that.

And he found something. He thinks he found something.

While Doc Winkler was acting like a doctor, Bat was acting like...well, Bat. The physical therapist told him to get up every hour and move, and so he moved. Around the kitchen island. Down the driveway. Working out with a piece of equipment from Val Centanni down South.

And eating. Three pretty squares, and some snacks.

So, Dr. Winkler has announced that the Sutent will begin in the next few weeks.

Look, all of this medical stuff is a roller coaster. We're up, and it very likely could go down again. But you know what you do at the top of those big hills? You point heavenward just like we did at the deepest valley.

So we Bats raise our hands in praise of a God who saw fit to give us a Big Friday.

And, we Bats raise a glass:
to rollercoasters, Sutent, hope, Heaven, Dr. Winkler and Rocky Balboa.




The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.
Life will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.
But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward? That’s how winning is done!



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