David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

Counting Hair

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Dave went into hospital last night, due to an inevitable infection. We had been told by the consultant that he would be in hospital for 6-10 days for his most recent treatment, then he could go home and after that he would get an infection. It was not a matter of if but of when, so we both felt very blessed when he was at home for over a week. He still has no neutrophils (those cells in blood which fight infection).

He had a fever of 39C (102F) at about 8:30pm, so off we went, the small children were all settled in bed. We were very blessed at the hospital to have a doctor in the Emergency Department who knows Dave well and knew what chemo he had. She started him on antibiotics straight away. His haemoglobin had dropped further so he was also charted 2 bags of blood products. The nurse attending him was very capable indeed and was very attentive. When I left the hospital about midnight he was stable,  and it was a lovely clear night with millions of stars to remind me of the vastness of the universe. I had just been reading ” Keep a Quiet Heart” by Elizabeth Elliot while quietly cuddling up with Dave on that narrow hospital bed as he tried to get some sleep.

I quote:

“Why does God do this to me?

When I am tempted to ask this question, it loses its power when I remember that this Lord, into whose hands long ago committed my life, is engineering a universe of unimaginable proportions and complexity. How could I possibly understand all that. He must take into consideration as He deals with it and with me, a single individual! He has given us countless assurances that we can not get lost in the shuffle. He choreographs the”molecular dance” which goes on every second of every minute of every day in every cell in the universe. For the record , one cell has about 200 trillion molecules. He makes not of the smallest seed and the tiniest sparrow. He is not too busy to keep records even of my falling hair”

When I read that last sentence, I felt it was an encouragement just for us. For Dave is moulting rapidly and I felt that God would keep his promise and would be specially keeping track of Dave!


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April 17, 2010 at 8:12 am

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  1. Hi Taryna and family, Sorry to hear that Dave is back in hospital but hope he will be at home with you all soon. God’s hand is on Dave all the time and he will take care of him.You are all in our thoughts and prayers so stay strong and keep the faith love to you all from the Moss family.


    April 17, 2010 at 9:10 am

  2. What an encouraging passage to read at that moment.
    Love and prayers to your family.
    From the Taraare family.


    April 17, 2010 at 9:54 am

  3. Our love to you all.

    Aunty Linda and Uncle John

    April 17, 2010 at 11:10 am

  4. What a wonderful quote. God is good.

    Jennifer Loucks

    April 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

  5. Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

    Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

    But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

    So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. (Matt 10:28-31 NASB)

    Although the context is different, this passage does remind us that God cares for us and watches over us.

    Numbering Dave’s hairs is a lot easier than it used to be 🙂

    The above passage got me thinking, and thinking often leads to writing…

    God is able to destroy both soul and body in hell: what does this mean?

  6. He is not too busy to keep records even of my falling hair

    This reminded me of an amusing photo of Dave that I took a while ago, when he got sick of seeing hair fall into his food and asked his mother Glenise to remove the fuzz:

    Tarnya has mentioned Jeff and Penny Vann, who have stepped into Dave’s shoes at Takanini Church of Christ (thankfully this does not compel them to walk as Dave does – having three metronomes in one church would be downright dizzying :)). If you’d like to see Jeff and Penny go to http://mandenomoments.com/jpvann/e3c8695a6

  7. I was so blessed having time with you all on Friday, especially the welcoming group and a little hand that was so friendly, to help me up the steps. “A three fold cord is not easily broken” Keep cuddling up with the Holy Spirit.

    Juliette Urquhart

    April 17, 2010 at 8:40 pm

  8. My scripture knowledge is but a dim dark memory but one is reminded of the book of Job,he was by all accounts a a pretty good guy and got dumped on very severely while some of the others around who very marginal seem to do OK. Why is it that the ” good guys ” seem to get the rubbish and the evil and moral bankrupts seem to do ok. Hang in there Dave I am sure your faith will bring you through however dark it seems right now.
    Di’s and my thoughts are with you. Paul

    Tarnya's Dad

    April 18, 2010 at 5:37 am

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