A Not So Subtle Reminder

On July 5 of this year, just two days after my four-year transplant anniversary I had a bronchoscopy.  About a week later came the news of the fact that I was in rejection, again.  While it has been two years since my last bought of rejection just hearing the words, “You’re in rejection,” was a not so subtle reminder of the fact that my life really is fragile.  I know this all too well this side of transplant, but during the “in-between times” it’s easy to start feeling invincible, or at least think you are.

I had another treatment to try to break this rejection cycle about a month ago, but a bronchoscopy just four days ago revealed that the rejection was still present.  So, off to Duke I’ll go for a week-long heavy-duty infusion that hopefully accomplish the task of breaking the rejection cycle.  I’ll be admitted for a five-day stay at Duke Medical Center starting Wednesday, August 22.  Looking forward to the yummy hospital food and soft cozy beds!

It’s probably not a bad thing that every once in a while I’m reminded of just how precious this gift of life is and that there are NO guarantees, especially this side of eternity.  It helps me refocus on priorities and really helps me think about the fact that I really need to be more purposed in the way I live this “new” life I’ve been given.

A couple of poignant Scriptures:

James 4:14, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  (NIV)

Job 33:4, “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”  (NIV)

6 thoughts on “A Not So Subtle Reminder

  1. We are all but paint strokes of God’s design while we are a-journey here. May His peace be yours, too. Let me know if I can help you.

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  2. David, I do not have any words of wisdom to share. I can say that I will be praying for you. I pray when I run in the morning, so if you wake up at 5 am, it might be my fault. Imy husband and I have had our fair share of rough times, but we have never had to face an illness. I know that God carried us through many situations. My prayers are with you. In Christ, Darlene McCall Higginbotham

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  3. David…my prayer is for you to have a long and productive life. God is using you and maybe needs you to be His witness for someone special you will meet at Duke while you are there. Many blessings to you and Sandy….Donna Tallman

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  4. Hey David- I pray first of all that God will give you and all of your family and many friends everlasting peace and joy. I’m so thankful that God continues to give you the energy and ideas that glorify Him and that are catalysts for bringing that same peace and joy to all of us and so many others! Your perspective and example are incredibly powerful. EVERYONE you come in contact with is influenced by that in some way and to the degree that God wishes them to be. I think that is awesome. I pray for your physicians that they will think and connect with all they know in the way that will bring the most productive results for your condition. And I pray that you will be excited about the way the Lord connects with you and how He is using you to bring His truth and all His different “goodnesses” exponentially to the lives you touch. I’m sure I’ll think of more later- That too, is the nature of God’s plan, isn’t it? Thank you for being loyal to Him and willing to share your thoughts with others!

    Margaret

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