Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Clever Blog Title

I couldn't think of anything. Anyways..

You know how I was completely outraged about Dr. Knopf's incompetance? During our appointment today, he somehow talked his way out of trouble. He claimed that mommy has had pneumonia ever since she was first diagnosed and announced that the last CT scan shows further cancer shrinkage and a ninety percent decrease in pneumonia mass since the first CT scan. I did a little dance in my brain upon hearing the wonderful news, but I am also a little reluctant to believe everything Dr. Knopf tells us. He speaks in such quick, sneaky sentences that I often leave the office with a little tornado of question marks over my head. Like wwwwhhhhhaaaaaaattttt?? Maybe we should switch doctors. Nevertheless, we rejoice because God is taking care of mommy.

We sat in the corner of one of the Chemo rooms today, and during the two or so hours of treatment, mommy made some friends, two to be exact. To her right sat a 60 something year old mother of six named Josephine who was finishing her very last session and about to declare victory over her breast cancer. The woman on her left, Ivy, is in a completely different situation. Ivy, who is just one year older than my mommy, has pancreatic cancer, and anyone who knows about this type of cancer knows how aggressive and painful it is. On top of that, she was disgnosed with anxiety disorder about a year and a half ago. Like my mom, she recently accepted Christ, but because of her psycological disorder, it is difficult for her to find hope or happiness, so I ask that when you pray for mommy's physical and spiritual health, please also pray that we will love and support Ivy just like you guys have lifted us up and that God will shower her with His love and grace. And let's also rejoice that Josephine has beaten cancer and pray that many others (Mommy Tam!) will emerge victorious soon!

Congratulations to meet you! (from Eat Pray Love, a wonderful book)

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Pray. Mommy has pneumonia. She's had it for four weeks, but we discovered this terrifying news three weeks late on Monday. Dr. Knopf somehow forgot to look at the lab results and consequently failed to treat it. Mommy is taking antibiotics prescribed by the Nurse practioner right now.

Please pray for quick healing.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


So many of you probably know a little about the Tam household craziness. Yes, Ricky and I were bedridden with fevers yesterday. And yes, during those many hours in bed, I practiced my animal noises and decided my favorite is "mmmaaaoooowwww," a cat-cow noise, i guess. Unfortunately, mommy also caught our sickness, so all of last night and much of today, my dad ran around the house distributing tylenol and warm water and checking our temperatures. We're much better now, and the fevers have subsided, but we will be on our toes for the next 48 hours or so. For now, will you please pray for complete healing for everyone in our house and that my dad and aunties will not catch our sickness. Also, please pray for Mr. Tam's mental and physical health. He so worried and tired... He "woke up" at 6am this morning to wash the car and water the lawn, and he has not had a full night's rest since mommy's initial diagnosis.

This wave of sickness came at the worst time because mommy had her fourth cycle of chemo(carbo/gemzar) just three days ago, and her blood test showed a low white cell count. So far, she seems to be responding to chemo, but we will know for sure until after another CT scan in about two weeks. Her health wavers day to day, and I pray each night that she will not wake up the next morning coughing. During the most recent meeting with Dr. Knopf, he told us that mommy is scheduled for the full six cycles of chemo, and after the last cycle is completed, we can decided whether to take a break for a few months, during which mommy will travel to Hong Kong to visit relatives, or we can do a one drug maintenance continuously. We are waiting until maybe the fifth or sixth cycle to decide, but will you pray that God will lead us to the right decision? What do you all think? And as always, please continue to pray for complete physical healing. Thanks!

As for our spiritual walk, I confess that I have not been the best Bible Study "leader." We go to a Cantonese service, but when I ask my mom to summarize the message, she smiles and says "i dunnoooo." I just can't translate enough during our devotions, and I give in easily to mommy's complaints of tiredness. She's fallen asleep on me quite a few times, and I don't know how to keep her attention, so will you please pray for something to change? I'm pretty worn out and empty myself and I really, really miss fellowship and english church services.

Alright, time to take my fiftieth nap of the day. mmaaaooowww.

Here! A picture of a bunny for your entertainment.