I've been trying to write this for two days, but my internet is bugging out again.....but it's all good because I have MUCH BETTER NEWS than the last time I posted!
It turns out that the person who told Pat that there was nothing that could be done for her with cancer cells in her lung fluid was the Lab Tech.....the next day, her doctor came in and said that person had "spoken out-of-turn" (I personally think he should be FIRED), and that he wasn't surprised about the cancer cells found, and that no one should panic, she will go ahead with her chemo treatments as scheduled, and he is still very optimistic that her cancer will respond well to treatment.
PHEW!!! I know that we're actually only back to square two, where she was before, but boy, that's better than the end square I thought she was at! And that errant Lab Tech should get a reprimand AT LEAST -- I cried all that night and the next morning until my sister called me back with the REAL story, and imagine what it did to Pat!
So I talked to her sister last night, and Pat is able to go home today, but they are going to give her her first chemo treatment today (which takes a while), and then watch her after before letting her leave. But she will be home tomorrow at the latest! YAY!! I think it will really make a difference in her mood to be HOME, and she only has her treatments every 3 weeks, so she will have plenty of time to recover in between (if she needs to), and to work on positive thinking! Plus I'll be able to talk to her again.
I am so relieved that I have something GOOD to report -- this was the thing I was going to post about last time, until my sister blindsided me with the terrible comments from that Lab guy. I am feeling hopeful and positive about this for her, and I know how to pray now -- not for God to give me the strength to handle losing her, but for her to have comfort and complete healing.....AND I should probably keep praying that God will help me with my faith in Him when He doesn't answer my prayers the way I want. I have really struggled with that when people I love have died. (Or when shootings or bombing take place) But I want to do better at that!
THANK YOU ALL AGAIN for the comments of support and prayers!!! I have to keep thanking you all, because I am always SO touched and comforted by everything you do!! It really means SO MUCH! :-)
And PS to Stacey -- Thank you so much for your story! That was the first thing that started making me feel better, even before the revised news got to me, and you are right, it sounds very similar! I've passed along everything you said to Pat, my dad, and her sister, and it actually looks like now they were planning on treating her almost the same way -- now I will just pray that she gets the results your sister got!! I will pray that she will have complete healing after all her treatments. Blessings and hugs to you and your sister, too, from me!