David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

Parenting with Wisdom and Grace

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Dave was mildly unwell last night. He has had a cold for a couple of days but it seemed it was developing into more than that. He was coughing a great deal and felt under the weather. I rang the Day Stay in the morning seeking advice; stay home unless Dave has a fever. By about lunch time he had a mild fever so I took him in. We would both rather go into Day Stay during the day than make a visit to the Emergency Department in the middle of the night. They gave him a chest X-ray (which was clear) but the Doctor agreed that Dave was unwell: slight fever and elevated pulse. He was given extra fluids and started on antibiotics. Within a couple of hours his pulse had come down a great deal. His platelets were very low so he was given some of those. It took some persuasion to allow him home, though.

The system is funny: it is hard to prove that you are ill enough that you need attention, but once you have provided sufficient objective evidence (i.e. elevated pulse, fever) they don’t want to let you go home.  Dave will have this course of IV antibiotics as a day patient, travelling into the hospital each day. Dave was very glad to be coming home. He was not wanting to spend several days in hospital.

[I realise that we did not write about our last visit to the consultant. He reiterated that this last course of chemotherapy has worked very well. That Dave is to stop taking the chemo drugs for a while. He plans to resume chemotherapy when the blasts again start to go high. He did not give a time frame for this. Dave will have 2 weekly blood tests to monitor the levels. There were a few minutes spare for the consultant to tell Dave a good joke and to have a brief chat about a branch of economics that Dave and consultant share a common interest. The consultant has been a great blessing to us.]

Today is World Blood Donor Day. We are grateful to everyone who gives blood. I understand the NZ service needs 3000 donations each and every week.

I have been listening to “Parents, Teens and Reasonable Expectations” while I fold pamphlets for our deliveries. In one of the talks the speaker mentions R.C. Ryle’s ” Two Bears” on 2 Kings 2:23,24. Ryle writes “I believe some people think that it does not matter how children behave, and that God only notices grown-up men and women. This is a very great mistake. ”  In I Kings 1:6  we read that King David did not question his son about his behaviour : “His father had never crossed him at any time by asking, “Why have you done so?”. The speaker rightly, points out that it is often the way that we communicate,  that is often the problem, not that we set high standards.  I was reminded of James 1:19-20 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

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June 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm

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  1. The system is funny: it is hard to prove that you are ill enough that you need attention, but once you have provided sufficient objective evidence (i.e. elevated pulse, fever) they don’t want to let you go home.
    This may be a case of CYA Syndrome.

    It’s splendid that Dave can have the IV antibiotics without staying in the bone yard: quite apart from the separation aspect, the trouble with hospitals is that they’re full of sick people and quite unhealthy places.

    Morphine can be used as a cough suppressant.

    2 Kings 2:23-24:
    From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. “Go on up, you baldhead!” they said. “Go on up, you baldhead!”. He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.

    The moral of the story is this: if you’re going to mock Dave for his baldness you’d better pre-book an ambulance (just kidding – Dave is thick-skinned).

  2. Bald is very trendy these days! Dave is just keeping up – well, that should be leading the way! I agree keep out of hospital – full of sick people – no need to go there! Enjoyed chating to Tarnya last night – on ways to get in and out of hospital!!
    love to all

    karen

    June 15, 2010 at 9:59 am

  3. Tarnya you have a way of writing something really timely for us. Alan and I were just in the middle of reading this update – both in different rooms and Caleb started to lose the plot. Alan went to sort him out but he had only got to the part about the Blood donor. I continued reading and started laughing. God has a funny way of reminding us of things in interesting and amusing ways.

    BLESS YOU GUYS

    LOVE KATHIE

    Kathie

    June 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm


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