February 17, 2021•320 words
This will be a shorter update.
A number of things have happened in the last week. We've had record cold in Texas that has led to snow, sleet, and freezing rain. We were fortunate that we were able to go shopping before all this hit us, so we've had plenty of food. We had a few hours of no power the first night but power returned pretty quickly. Unfortunately at some point in spite of our best efforts the pipes into the hot water heater froze. We put a lamp and an electric space heater near it and eventually they thawed out and we have hot water again.
The cold weather caused the oncology clinic to close (not that we would have been able to get there anyway). So Teresa's chemotherapy has been pushed back at least a week. The doctor has put her at the top of the priority list in the backlog. It's frustrating, but we just try and see the will of God in all this.
It's been pretty hard coming to terms with this diagnosis for all of us. What has helped a lot is the amount of love, and the people praying for her. What has amazed us is the generousity of people around us. We set the gofundme at $20k and expected we might get half of it. But as of right now, $16,560 has been contributed. We have been delighted, shocked, humbled and grateful in turn at the generousity people have shown to my wiife and family. This has also pulled a great burden from me because now I have time and funds to deal with her final expenses while I am not grieving.
Additionally, friends have set up a site where you can help directly if you prefer doing things like cooking. I'll post that below. I plan on updating this next Wednesday after her next chemo session.