I woke up in the night to find Amos sleeping in the chair next to our bed. It reminded me of the many nights I resorted to sleeping in a chair during pregnancy. The next time I woke up, he was gone to Sunday morning bishop meetings. I couldn’t imagine how he made that transition from slumped over moaning, nauseated and in pain, to driving himself to church, standing up straight in a suit with a smile, shaking hands with ward members. It must have taken great energy to put on a happy face today.
Grandma wondered why the bishopric didn’t recognize Porter at the beginning of the meeting since his ordination is the reason they were visiting from Idaho. I sent Amos a text message to remind him. After the sacrament he stood with a frail voice and called Porter to the stand. The ward members have witnessed his rapid weight loss and his weakening frame. As he began, he apologized for forgetting the ordinations saying that his mind probably isn’t what it should be right now. The love and forgiving ward members are generally very patient with him.
Sacrament meeting was beautiful today as the tough and handsome Acosta boys shared heartfelt insight about the Savior and his impact in their lives. Sunday school and Relief Society were also taught really well and I felt strengthened by all the meetings.
I think I sobbed through the entire last hour as we went from Porter’s ordination to Relief Society where my sweet friend Kim shared a lesson about exceptional women. I sat there surrounded by Amos’s mom and my sister Phoebe, two of the most exceptional women I know.
We got a message from the Arizona Diamondbacks a couple days ago. They saw Evelyn on TV and want her to sing the national anthem for an upcoming game. They also want her to bring her dad and have some special time with the players. We thought it was so thoughtful of them. When they told us it would be on a Sunday, we had to tell them Sunday wouldn’t work. They were confused at how all of her Sundays could already be booked. I had to explain that they weren’t already booked but that we have other priorities on Sundays. They agreed to find a non Sunday and we are super excited. Amos loves baseball. He loves any kind of ball and I can’t wait for the day he is able to play ball again.
He got a call from the doctor saying the scans show all the radiation went where it needed to go. We are thankful for your prayers through the Y90 procedures and we are now looking forward to other treatments that look promising for the cancer remaining in the colon.
The home care doctors and nurses are getting Amos the care he needs to balance the pain med with the digestive functions and we are so thankful for them as well.