November 12

Dear Friends,

Jay gently reminded me this morning that I had not sent in an update for a while and asked if there would be one today.  Thank you, Jay, for the reminder.

Abbot Steve's condition has been changing. Just about two weeks ago he and Lane made contact with an incredibly supportive hospice doctor. With careful monitoring and close contact with the hospice doctor many changes were made in Abbot Steve's pain control regimen. For now Abbot Steve seems to have found pain relief that is effective and allows for mental clarity. This new regimen also seems to have lessened his nausea some. He still has virtually no appetite and his energy is very limited, but given the difficulty felt last week, today seemed much more easeful.

Abbot Steve underwent a second chemo treatment last Thursday and is scheduled for a third one the day after tomorrow. It is too early to know if the chemo is of benefit, but Abbot Steve is intending to continue with the treatments until he is no longer strong enough or it proves to be affecting his health adversely.

Thank you all again for your cards and blog entries. Abbot Steve appreciates all of these messages of love and support a great deal and has the wish that these wishes help alleviate the suffering of all beings.


5 thoughts on “November 12

  1. Deborah Good

    Dear Mary,

    Thank you for the update. So happy to read that Abbot Steve has found pain relief that allows mental clarity.

    Thank you Abbot Steve for your teaching by example and your reminders to express love, contemplate impermanence and help alleviate suffering

    With love and a deep bow to both of you,

    Shin-I Deborah

  2. Tisha Ford

    Thank you Mary for sharing the news of Abbot Steve's condition. While we only have been with Abbot Steve for a very short time in Tassajara this past September, he has touched us with indelible ink. Louis Armstrong's, "What a Wonderful World" has taken on a new meaning for Kelly and me.

    We wish for Steve much peace as we also wish for those of you who are so close to him and giving him such loving care.

    Tisha & Kelly

  3. John Renwick

    Abbot Steve ... Pretty incredible to find a doctor who could balance the clarity / pain piece. It gives me pause to revise my living will. Shin-I - so nice to see your name and comment here. I heard Christine Palmer may be celebrating and sharing your love in a deeper way - Great Congratulations.

  4. Fran and Wayne Erickson

    Thank you so much for sharing your days and the comments of all that are wi th you and suppor ting you and Lane on this journey. Plans for Thanksgiving remind me of the times that you shared with us.

    Much love

  5. David Schneider

    Warmest soothing wishes from Cologne, Germany.
    It sounds far away, but it isn't.
    Memories of work and practice together also feel very present.
    I'm sure with your subtle eye you understand it better
    and will continue to do so.
    Here or there.

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