This week has had its challenges, but it has also had its share of many wonderful blessings...
First of all, at this week's chemo treatment, my arm port was still a bit swollen and sore. However, I had a good nurse who seemed more experienced with arm ports, and she was able to access the port! My husband and I were very pleased. The port worked well and there were no problems. So, it looks like I get to keep the port until treatments are finished which, if everything goes as planned, will be in two more weeks!!! I'm glad this new port was not inserted for no reason. Thanks for the prayers!
The day after treatments are my best and most energetic days. I'm not sure why, but that's how it has worked out so far, and I am so glad for at least one really good day per week. It was especially helpful this week because, on Wednesday night, we had to prepare our daughter for a sleep-deprived EEG on Thursday morning. We believe she has had at least two seizures in the past few months, so her Pediatrician referred us to a Neurologist in St. Louis.
We went through this same sort of thing with her about 5 years ago, and she did not fall asleep during the EEG testing, so we were pretty sure it would not happen this time either. However, as she relaxed and listened to the soft music with the lights down low, she did end up dozing off. We are thankful for that, and hope the testing revealed what the doctors need to know. (The results will not be back until early next week; but, if the EEG is clean, then we will only need to do a wait and see approach).
By Thursday afternoon and evening, my energy level began dropping again. Today, I had trouble getting out of bed and have spent most of the day on the couch. I am stiff, swollen, and weak; and the chemo-induced neuropathy has continued to increase in my hands, feet, and now my face. I am drinking a lot of fluids today (a hard thing for me to do) to try and flush the toxic chemicals from my system quicker. In the meantime, my kitty is laying next to me on the couch, keeping me company. What a blessing and comfort she has been.
I am continually grateful for the love of family and friends who are helping our family through this. I have such a hard time asking for help, but many have provided snacks, meals, prayers, childcare, written encouragement, and meaningful gifts. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart! You have blessed my life, and I pray the Lord will bless you greatly in return.
1Th 5:11 So then, go on comforting and building up one another, as you have been doing. (BBE)
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