I have a new permanent (temporary) address. It’s between a hospital stay and in home care. I have 24 hour/ 7 day a week nurse care. I have a button to press that calls the nurse for anything I need. I get 3 meals a day and even got a milkshake when I arrived. The Lodge is in a quiet wooded/secluded area in Burnsville connected to a park. Probably some deer out there, unfortunately no rifles allowed! I get to have one guest stay over with me every night.
Overwhelming Thanks to you all for the support, prayers, well wishes and people that poured out love on me and my family on Sunday. There were 3 different prayer sessions with an amazing amount of people pouring scripture, blessings, and prayer out on me. Words can’t say enough! Maybe I will find the right words when I get to Heaven to describe such Love!
If you would like to visit: I could have some visitors from 12 to 2 each day and again from 6 to 8 each evening. 4-6 is reserved for Karen and the Boys!
Here is the address: 1412 Summit Oak Drive, Burnsville, MN (Room#3) (The address is right out of a subdivision and there are no signs) (so when you see no signs and a driveway head back into the woods: you are there).
Thanks for everything, You are amazing people!
Chris (through a mediocre scribe)
I am getting pretty weak. The doctors best guess is that I will live another week or less. Today we have spent the day trying to figure out living arrangements in the wort term and the long term. Also we are tying to do our best to explain to the kids what is happening.
We have decided to set up from 1-4 p.m. tomorrow sometime to visit and try to guess what God is going to have me working on once i am freed from this terminal body. After 5 p.m. we want to get everyone out of the house so we he more time as a family to further digest the next coming days.
WE have 3 living options for me to consider:
1. Move into the hospital room at Methodist
2. Trying to get into a half/way house for terminal cancer patients.
3. Stay in the dowstairs bedrom.
Our main concern is our kids we-being. I feel my God will cover me and up lift me during my times of despair.
Karen wants what is best for the kids and she is having them concerned with me dying in a specific room, or for them to see their dead father pulled out . We will make these decisions with in the net 2-3 days.
If there is a funeral it will be on a Saturday, led by Pastor Pat-her schedule permitting. It would be nice if Chris Greseth would handle the music/worship. Anyone will be invited to the ceremony.
Yes, it’s my turn now, I’m not the wordsmith you are used to. This is Dave Baty, Chris’ brother. Chris has been getting weaker and weaker by the day. On Monday he drove himself to the doctor, today his family had to drive him. It’s an adventure just getting up and down the stairs now. At the doctor they discussed the rapid changes and that hospice will start on Monday. His bilirubin went up into the 8’s. That’s a bad number for the liver.
His doctor said that he fears that Chris only has a few days left to spend with us on earth.
Chris handled the news like he always does, he’s ready, Chris knows where he is going!
Before you pick up the phone: Chris, Karen and the boys will spend Saturday on their own. No calls or visits on Saturday please. On Sunday calls and doors will be answered and you will be able to visit with Chris. Please share your love for him and the family!
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you . I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3
Christ went and prepared a place for Chris and Christ is calling him home! Chris hopefully has helped to prepare you for the journey he is about to take. I know that Chris will be prepared to welcome you into Heaven when it is your turn.
I invite you to pray for Chris, Karen, Brenden and Jaxson! Pour out your love for them! “Act Now!”
Love, Dave (On behalf of my Big Brother and his family)
I just wanted to just give you a quick post about the donations. First and for most-thank you so much for all the money that we have received over the past 6 weeks. We are truly humbled by your generosity. We have received money through checks that are sent to our house, some that have gone to our parents, some have gone directly to Paypal and others have gone directly to our bank. We don’t get lists of people as we wanted this to be completely anonymous if you so chose. So from Karen, I and the guys: THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also a special thank you to our family members who created the donations page on this site and also for all the hardwork you did behind the scenes to make this happen.
Monday morning I woke up and decided that I just didn’t feel like doing chemo this week. Before I go back to chemo, I would like to have 3-4 days in a row where I feel strong and have less fatigue. Also I would like to gain back more healthy weight. When I am on chemo, I generally lose weight and feel pretty beat up. So no chemo in the near future. Of course that could change if my body starts to really turn itself around. I did go in and have blood work done. I think my blood work would have been good enough to do chemo. My White Blood cells, Red Blood cells, Hemoglobin, kidney functions and platelets were all in great shape. In fact my platelets are now at 90-they haven’t been that high since early last summer. My liver functions, though, all came back worse. My bilirubin moved back up to 2.6. That number has been as low as 1.6 and as high as 3.2 in the last 4 months. Dr. Duane has been extremely caring and flexible. He said we can move in which ever direction I feel I want to go. He said it sounds like I have a good routine for controlling my pain, getting my fluid drained and enjoying my life right now-so we don’t want to mess with that. One thought on the fluid…He basically said that the fluid build up is my own system trying to do its best to wash my body clean of its sickness, so it keeps filling me up daily. I have not had that explained to me in that way before. If I go back on chemo, I will probably switch back to a different regiment to see if it has a better effect on my liver numbers.
Overall, I am just following what God and my body says to do and for now it is saying-enjoy life without chemo. I am pretty peaceful and happy. Although, I have to say that the cancer center at Methodist really does bring me down. Everyone is extremely nice, I have known many of them for 2+ years. They are very caring and loving people, but I just don’t sense a Godly spirit there. My fluid draining is a much different experience and feel. The people there are also very nice and loving, but it just has a much different atmosphere vs. the cancer center. Its hard to explain. I guess it suffices to say that I don’ mind going in twice a week to get my fluid drained. This past Monday I brought the nurses chocolate for Valentines day.
Thank you for all your love, blessings and prayers. I think we are heading to WI this weekend to spend some time with Karen’s parents. To tell you the truth, Karen loves getting spoiled by her parents and getting away from the phone and housework of Lakeville.
Love and Blessings to all-Keep acting. Show others how much you love them and care for them. There are no tomorrows guaranteed for any of us.
I have been doing pretty well this week. Each day I have gotten a little bit stronger. Still I find myself fatigued and in bed for 2-3 hours each day. I still look pretty skinny-I may weigh around 145 lbs? Also, last Sunday I was very nauseated and sick for most of the day. In fact I had to leave church in the middle of the sermon as I started to feel very ill. I continue to get the fluid drained out of my abdomen-now twice per week. I go in every Monday and Thursday. I accumulate 1 liter of fluid each day. I continue to have pain, but for the most part it is under control. I did ave two night in the past week where I was up most of the nights. When that happens, it generally throws off my days too. Chemo is scheduled for next Wednesday, but I may cancel it. If I don’t have enough strength, stamina, weight, etc… built up before hand, there is no sense in doing it.
Karen and the boys continue to stay busy. Karen is off on another hockey photo shoot this weekend. The guys and I are at home but will go to Dave and Jill’s tomorrow for my nephew Zane’s B-day party. Then Brenden and Jaxson will ave a sleep over with them. My sister is coming to town and will actually stay at our house on Saturday night. Brenden and Jaxson both are excelling in school. Both are in advanced Math classes and Brenden is also in an advanced reading class. I woke up two days ago to a debate between Brenden and Jaxson on what they are going to be when they grow up. Jaxson was upset that Brenden was not going to be an engineer like him. Brenden said he wanted to stick with the science stuff. Jaxson made up his mind about 6 months ago that he was going to be an engineer when he grows up. I think he is trying to follow in Grandpa Stratton’s foot steps. Jaxson’s mind works like Chuck’s, so it only makes sense. Jaxson and Karen continue progressing through their Tae Kwon Do.
For me…it is all about healing. In the book of Acts, Peter notes that disease is an oppression of the devil. In 1st John 3:8 it states that Jesus mission while He was on this earth, was to destroy the works of the devil. In Matthew 4:24 it states that Jesus healed everyone He came into contact with, no matter what the disease. In Matthew 8 verse 2 it shows that Jesus attitude is that He wants to heal. When Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross it states in Isaiah 53:3-5 that he died for our sins and diseases. So “by His stripes, I am Healed”. In Hebrews 13:8 it states that Jesus is unchanging between what His attitude was then and now. In Deuteronomy 30:19 it tells us to choose either life or death. I choose life. In Psalms 90 it states that we are granted 70-80 years life on this earth. Basically I stand on all of these things and continue to move forward with my Healing. It is a gift from God.
Feel like you just attended church? I just thought I would tell you where my head is at. It is so fun to read everyone’s comments-especially from people I had no idea that were reading the blog. (Nice to hear from you Karen Bannor) I wonder how many other ’87classmates are reading…Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this. It is comforting to my soul.
I love you all and will continue to keep you in the loop on where next week heads. Thank you for all the prayers and for all the gifts from everyone. We feel very blessed.
On chemo days/weeks it is tough to keep up on everything. Keeping up on email, blogs, etc… drops on my priority list until I start to feel better. Sometime in the near future I will have to have Dave take over some of this. This chemo did really beat me up. One thing that compounds the effect of the chemo is the fluid build up in my abdomen. That fluid causes pain and even some nausea as it is just free floating in and around the other organs. I am trying to come up with a better plan on how to handle this in the near future.
I now have a two week break before I go back on chemo again-that is if my blood work is o.k. Last week my blood work was still pretty good, although the platelets dropped 9 points and the bilirubin went back up to 2.2(it was 1.6).
I think everyone wonders what I have been up to, especially now that I am not working . The truth is most of my time is spent at doctors appointments or in recovery. I do manage to find sometime to visit with family and friends, but most of the time you can find me resting peacefully in bed. This week I have doctors appointments on Mon, Wed and Friday. Next week I have appointments on Tuesday and Friday. The week after that I have appointments on Tues, Wed. and Friday. Physically I am worn down, dizzy and still in some sort of pain most of the time. The pain, for the most part, has been under control. But there have been two occasions in the last week that it has been tougher. Generally, though, I am still getting o.k. sleep during the night.
I just want to say thank you for everyone for their donations and prayers. We feel tremendously blessed. Thank you for your generosity. This has all been very tough. “…by His Stripes I am healed”.