Posted by: davidalemmink | May 17, 2009

Sunday, May 17

Happy Sunday!

Watching the Wings and packing.  Packing to return to the University of Iowa this week.

Why are we needing another trip to Iowa?  Well, following our trip last week, we came home with great news.  Dr. O’Dorisio told us that David is a good candidate for the Y90 treatment in Basel, Switzerland.  They would begin compiling all information that needs to be sent to Basel and then having it Fed Ex’d over there.   Then, two days later, we received a phone call from another of Dr. O’Dorisio’s staff telling us that the Octreotide scan that he had a few weeks previous was not clear enough and that it would need to be repeated.  I will say that news was not news we were happy to hear.  If you know anything about expensive medical tests and insurance companies, you realize that they do not generally pay for the same expensive test 3 weeks in a row.  So, along with the loss of work time and the nuisance factor, there was the expense to think about.  Fortunately, Sue told us that there is a clinical trial commencing there at the VA on the grounds of the University of Iowa that David can join.  Being a part of this trial, means that they pay for the cost of the scans and also our lodging while we are there.  Thank God!  I am constantly amazed at how God has His hand in our lives on a daily basis!  We are so thankful and blessed to have this opportunity.

So, we will head out on Tuesday.  David will receive the scan (actually the details of this trial are that they do the CT and Octreotide simultaneously) and then we’ll be back home later in the week.

I will, as always, keep you posted.

Thank you for all your prayers and support.

Love, Connie



  1. Wow! Just when you think you have it all figured out – it goes and changes AGAIN. The trial sounds very cool, and awesome that it is paid for. Good luck this week, and hopefully you will continue to get good reports and good news.

    Travel Safe – Sending you all love !

  2. On one of this trips you must see “Field of Dream” and know that dreams DO come true.

    Safe driving and let me know anything that can be done here on the home front for you. What a way to spend your birthday, Connie…..Poo

    When you get back, we’ll have some time for “Happy Birthday” and love and kisses.

    Take care and be safe. All my love! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  3. Hey camper keep the battle aggressive.
    Know what they say.
    “Doc, ya fix this or I’ll bash your face into
    a vintage, soon to be extinct GTO.
    Did I mention the 447 duel Hollys,
    did I mention the T-Handle Hurst shifter,
    did I mention the “high-performance” day-night rear-view mirror. No!
    Did I mention the really cool foot shaped gas pedal?
    Well forget it. Some slime-bucket ripped that off.
    We really need to go back to Boundary Waters or I’ll stick a sharpened campfire hardened stick in your eye.
    Here’s to the next storm-quenched shot of Cheves. hey gimme a break spellcheck dont woikon eveyting

  4. Safe travels to your family, hope you are home for the holiday. Thinking of you all the time.
    Love, Mary

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