David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

A little better today

with 3 comments

No more chemo until Tuesday.

Yesterday, Dave had fatigue that did not decrease however much he rested or slept. I rang the Day Stay and made a request that he have his blood test taken at home. He can now have all his blood tests taken at home :-).

He is feeling very sick of needles: blood tests, IVs, nerve tests etc. I still have to give him an injection every day for the raised platelets :-/. He has started saying a loud “ouch” which is off-putting. So I am asking him to use breathing to help: take a deep breath in and then concentrate on an energetic exhale; that is when the needle goes in. If you tense when in pain it does get worse. Hard to do.

Yesterday it felt to Dave a little like running on self-control because that is all that is left. Everything is decision of the will, an effort.

But today he began to feel a little better.

I was reminded of this passage below, explained here.

I quote:

“Under the impact of this crushing prophecy of doom, those Jews who were still trying to serve the Lord needed encouragement, comfort and assurance. The faithful remnant needed hope, not only when the prophecy was given, in the days of Hezekiah, but also, those who actually endured the calamities of the Captivity; they would need the teaching of these chapters in Isaiah, that they might be consoled by the promises of God. In the dark moments of despair in Babylon; when met by disappointments and face to face with temptations — the faithful remnant would need the hope and comfort these chapters afforded. Thus it is often observed that the second part of the book of Isaiah begins here in chapter 40, and it was intended to give this assurance to the faithful, in view of the approach of 70 years of captivity in Babylon.”

Isaiah 40 :29-31
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Beautiful words.


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January 22, 2010 at 9:42 pm

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  1. Hi Burge Family
    Just a quick note to let you know that although we do not see you, nor do I post much, we are very definitely praying for you. Lam 3: 21 – 23
    This I recall and therefore have hope: The Lord’s tender compassions fail not, they are new every morning!
    The Fueys


    January 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm

  2. Greetings to you all.
    We would like you to know that you are on the Wellsford Church of Christ prayer list and we pray for you all as you seek God’s will in all things.
    We think of the song, He will make a way, where there is no other way” and it is our prayer that God will find a way to overcome this illness.
    Special HI to David and hope he is still managing some of those endearing smiles.

    Beth Shepherd

    January 24, 2010 at 8:17 am

  3. Very warmest greetings to the Burge family from the Restoration Church in Fayetteville, GA. Please know of our earnest prayers for your family. We follow your updates w. great interest and petition Him daily on your behalf. Tarnya, the version I know of your “do the next thing” is to “do the next right thing”. I also find this v. helpful and profound and have every confidence in your carrying it out. May He bless you richly as you wait.
    In Christian love,
    Anthony & Barbara Buzzard

    Barbara Buzzard

    February 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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