Well, to my surprise and delight the sun has started coming out a bit earlier after this treatment than the last two. It’s probably because so many friends are praying, and I’m hoping that the new combination of meds is having a better impact. And I’m REALLY hoping something doesn’t change and make things go south again. Everything I’m about to tell you could change before I’m done writing this. :)
Last night I was groggy and weak, but no nausea, and slept like a rock. This morning I awoke with weakness and aches, but still no nausea, and best of all I was lucid and semi-functional all day. That past two Tuesdays after treatment have just been something to hang on and endure through. Today, while in bed most of the day, I was still able to read, think clearly, and interact with family with a high level of coherence.
In addition to this, stronger meds for indigestion are working well, my “don’t throw up” gag-cough isn’t as frequent, and headaches have been mild and infrequent. Another good thing—my appetite is still around. The last two treatments have made most food—thought of, sight of, or smell of—just intolerable for several days. So far, that hasn’t happened this round. We’ll see. Maybe it’s a delay. Maybe it’s meds. Maybe it’s my body figuring out how to deal with a system full of foreign chemicals. Could be the donut the nurse gave me during treatment! Either way, it’s certainly an answer to prayer, and a great blessing!
If things progress like they are, I’m looking forward to being able to work tomorrow and get some things done before the new year’s break—as well as attend church. And I’m praying that things will stay on track through the holiday and Sunday for church.
The highlight of my day—other than waking with a clear mind—was a call I just got from my oncologist. The bad news—I do still have to take neupogen injections. Apparently when my white blood cells dropped, they REALLY dropped alarmingly low—low like someone who has been on chemo for a long time.That being the case, I also have to still be very careful in public and with crowds or else I could easily end up in the hospital for a week. (I realize you’re wondering about now, “so how was this phone call a highlight?”)
Well, he told me he’s been reading DONE. In his rich Ethiopian accent said, “It is absolutely beautiful! I am going to read more, and I want to talk with you about it when we meet…” WOW! Hearing those words from a Muslim really made my day. I’m looking forward to continuing to reach out to him.
So, that’s the update for the day. Thanks for praying and for your encouragement!
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