Don Bowen Update: 2008-05-08

It’s been FOUR months since my surgery! I have really been blessed during these months and can’t thank all of you enough for your love, support and prayers. I know many of you read up on what I had when you first learned and though I purposely never have, I know it didn’t sound good. But God isn’t limited by the prognosis of the medical profession. He is a God of the impossible and it is NOTHING for Him to heal – completely. Keep praying and believing with me that that is exactly what He has done for me.

Monday I started taking my second cycle of temodar, which came by Fed-Ex. Impressively, they called to confirm I got them within the hour. Maybe this mail order thing won’t be so bad after all.

This new anti-nausea I’m taking, kytril, is so much better. So far I haven’t been sick at all and have a good appetite. I’m actually eating too much and probably need to cut back. Unfortunately the constipation from the kytril and the temodar is amazing. Past funny to painful. I would hate to look at the inside of my “pipes” after all the drugs and stuff I’ve been taking.

Well, I still haven’t driven and won’t until my vision is consistently clear. I have three big reasons not to drive. 1) I don’t need killing someone on my conscience 2) I can’t afford to replace or even fix a vehicle 3) I don’t need anything else to recover from.

When I had my eyes checked last week they found a lesion on my retina and referred me to a specialist. I really didn’t want to go. Partly to avoid spending money, but also because, as I just said, I don’t need something else to recover from. Anyway, I went. I HATE to have my eyes dilated. That was the worst part.

Good news is that my right eye is 20/20 and the left eye is 20/30. Letters are blurry, but I can make them out. The doctor said there is nothing wrong with my eyes and that they are in excellent condition. He also said we will know in the next 6-8 months whether the brain will correct itself so I can see. I should have told him that God doesn’t need that long, but I didn’t 🙂

After the eye exam I got to have lunch with Randy, an old friend I met during the strike at Caterpillar back in 1994. What an experience that was and we became fast friends. Randy is an incredible engineer and we improved productivity on the machine we operated for 12 hours a day by over 500%.

We were making 1.1L fuel tips (they looked like Barbie flashlights) and keeping micron tolerances by hand. It was insane. One day I ran the machine by myself and flooded the entire area in over an inch of oil. I missed the office that day. My friends brought in a shirt the next with “Exxon Don” on the back. It wasn’t funny for quite a while. Thanks for lunch, Randy! Let’s do it again soon.

Mike and Wendy came by last night and we got to play some cards for the first time since we went to Duke together. Way too long. Mike and I destroyed them in a game of euchre. Mike had a loner and we set them twice. Then we played Tick, but didn’t finish, so it doesn’t matter who was winning at the end, Wendy.

I hear rumors of people coming over to play cards and “school” me, but it doesn’t seem to materialize. Talk is cheap, guys 🙂

Today we got a very pleasant surprise visit from good friends Ken and Joanne, who are missionaries with Project Amazon in Brazil.

Joanne is a 13 year breast cancer survivor and they are prayer warriors for us. Their ministry is fascinating and the passion and commitment by the locals is inspiring. One man rides a bike 6-8 hours one way just to meet with people at least once a week and the roads are so bad he often has to push the bike.

Pain has been very good this entire week, which makes such a huge difference. Eileen bought me some Scholls gel inserts so I’m going to be ‘gellin’ tomorrow when I walk. They are really nice.

Yesterday this passage caught my eye:

“O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength. How great is his joy in the victories you give! You have granted him the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips. You welcomed him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head. He asked you for life, and you gave it to him – length of days, for ever and ever.” (Psalm 21: 1-4)

Keep asking Him with me for life. I’m confident He is granting it to me and I plan to make sure He gets all the credit and glory.

I need a miracle, God specializes in them, pray BIG!

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One Response to “Don Bowen Update: 2008-05-08”

  1. Barb Says:

    Don, I’m concerned about the fedex package. I’d feel better if they were putting your drugs *inside* as opposed to sticking them on the outside of the box.

    much love to ya brothah! you inspire me

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