Don Bowen Update: 2008-01-02

Happy New Year! I missed quite a bit of yesterday because my head was really hurting. Sleep and rest was the only thing that took the edge off the pain. I have felt much better for most of today, but I do get serious neck pain, nausea and dizziness sometimes when I stand after sitting for a while. I know, I know, so stop sitting for a while 🙂 Before I forget, I’m having Eileen double check my emails, but if you see weird stuff it is because seeing is a real problem. Not having a decent size monitor doesn’t help, but mostly it’s my vision, which alerted me to the tumor in the first place.

We found out this morning that surgery will be on Monday, January 7th at 10:30am. I have to arrive at 5:30am so they can do a stealth MRI at 7:15. I’m not a morning person, but I feel bad that Eileen has to take me. Oh well, “in sickness and in health” 🙂 I wish the MRI was regular and the surgery was stealth, but it didn’t work out that way. My surgeon is Dr. Jeffrey Klopfenstein and I’m very impressed with him: http://www.aunpeoria.com/pages/pns_klopfenstein.shtml. I’m praying that his cutting and sewing would impress Heidi Klum and the rest of those project runway judges. He will be cutting a big “C” starting below my neckline and coming up and around my right ear. Eileen suggested that I get him to turn it into a “G” (because I’m such a huge Green Bay Packer fan, but I don’t want to get carried away.

The surgery will take 4 hours if it goes well and I will be in the Neuro ICU for a couple days, again, if things go well. I’m praying that all the doctors and nurses would be blown away by how well it goes and that there would be no doubt about God’s presence.

Other than a couple of you, I believe I’ve returned all emails and phone calls. I can’t begin to express how much your love, well wishes, prayers and concern for me has meant. Minus the scary parts of this I would wish that for all of you, but since it’s a package deal I won’t 🙂 I feel like I’m praying all the time and then I hear some of your stories and know that when I’m not, you are. THANK YOU! I’m praying for each of you and really enjoying it.

Many of you have asked if there is anything you can do. Regardless of where you are you can continue to pray. I wish the surgery on Monday was the end of this journey, but realistically it is just the start. Up to this point it has been easy for me/us, but starting Monday it will get much tougher, and that’s if things go well, which is what we’re praying will happen.

Lots of you also asked if you could help with meals and that is one of the easiest questions I’ve received in the past several weeks – YES! One of our good friends from church, Michelle Kneer, asked if she could coordinate meals for us and we have happily accepted. I hope you won’t mind, but could those of you who have already volunteered, or want to volunteer, send your name, email address and phone numbers to Michelle? We don’t need anything before Tuesday so that should provide you with enough time to send Michelle a note and for her to coordinate with each of you from there. We are learning how important it is to let others help. If you know us, you know it isn’t easy, but we’ve gotten great advice (from many of you) that when people ask if they can help, learn how to say yes! That said, this is not a request for help. I know many of you are facing your own struggles at this time so please only help if you can and want to. When I’m back home I’d love for you to come by and eat with me. Being around people, especially you guys, energizes me!

Here is Michelle Kneer’s contact information:

The next update will probably be sent out by Eileen.

Don;

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