Prayers for Tim, update
Well – life gave us a “close shave” last week.
We very much liked meeting Dr. Robert Rowen in Santa Rosa, CA. He is a very creative, energetic man. He was beside himself that Tim had been going through all of this since last November without a firm diagnosis. He listened to the history, and did a physical exam, and promptly, decisively, diagnosed Tim with advanced prostate cancer. He was quite beside himself that Tim’s case had gotten so bad even under the care of a urologist. He said, “I am the alternative MD, and I am the one giving you the diagnosis? That is supposed to be one of the strengths of the orthodox docs! These guys really messed up.”
(Tim’s urologist had been treating him for related bladder problems, including infections, and hadn’t examined the prostate since December. I’ve since heard some similar stories, so I had to tell myself there is no point in getting all upset about it. Life is what it is…God’s dream…)
Dr. Rowen continued, “I am 99.9% sure of this diagnosis. I would even bet my house! But you need to get a CT scan to see what is going on with it.”
So we proceeded to make arrangements for the CT scan. The blood test showed that Tim was in renal failure (he had been feeling tired) and he needed to get to the ER immediately, because it was life threatening. They drained the kidneys with an operation called a nephrostomy. The surgery was on Tuesday; now he is home and pretty ok (but he still needs rest) – the kidneys are doing fine. All of this surgery/recovery happened in the Grass Valley, CA hospital. Nice folks, all around. We are very grateful for the lifesaving surgery…The tubes stay in for a while until the cancer treatment has had time to take effect.
They also gave Tim an IV antibiotic treatment in the hospital and the painful bladder spams, which had been there for months, are now gone. THANK YOU, GOD!
Tim now has an oncologist who said the cancer can be treated, even at this stage, with a hormone blocker, because prostate cancer is hormone driven. The prognosis is very good, and for this we are very grateful. Durga told me that her brother had a similar journey last year, and now he is doing fine.
I may write some deeper insights about this in a separate post…There are things that I want to remember from what happened at 2 am in the ER on Easter night. God’s presence was there with us in that darkest hour. He is ever with us. He is Eternal, and so are we. I will write the story down now, while it is fresh. But I may need to keep it close to my heart. If it seems right to share it, I will. We’ll see… But I wanted to get this much out to you now, and thank you for your prayers…and to say again that everything has its own perfection.
Love in Him, Namaste,
PS – We will continue with Dr. Rowen in Santa Rosa for Tim’s anti-coagulant therapy. Remember Tim had DVT’s early in the year? Because he had a clotting factor disorder, he was prescribed Coumadin for life, which we weren’t super happy about.
Dr. Rowen is an expert on natural anti-coagulation (over 25 years experience), and on alternative cancer therapies. Tim’s oncologist/hematologist expressed respect for this and wants to work in cooperation with Dr. Rowen on this, and on any supportive therapies for the cancer, as well. We are very happy for this. And Dr. Rowen is very supportive of our choice to go with the hormone blocker treatment. He said, “It is non-toxic, and even I would do that one! And it can shrink the cancer back to nothing…”