Genesis 28:15: "I am with you and will watch over you..." (NIV)
I had to hold onto that verse - that promise from God - as I received my newest chemo treatment this past Tuesday. At the doctor’s appointment prior to treatment, the Oncologist informed us that the majority of people have no problem with TAXOL, which is the new chemo med I was about to receive. However, there are a small few who have had a severe allergic reaction to it. There was no way to know if I would react or not, so I was pre-treated with Benadryl and a couple of other meds. Then, the nurse sat with me while the first dose was slowly administered. She took my blood pressure several times, watched me closely, and kept asking me if I felt ok. Thankfully, no reaction occurred, and I breathed a sigh of relief. After that, I ended up sleeping through most of the treatment, due to the Benadryl they had given.
This different chemo med has been treating me well so far, just as the doctor predicted. I have had a few mild side effects, but nothing that really compares to those first four harder treatments I had. I will still have days when I am fatigued, but it will not be near as bad as before. So, we shall see how things go. From here on out, I will have a treatment once per week until finished. One dose of the Taxol is done, and I have 11 more weeks to go.
I am thankful to have a heavenly Father who is always there watching over me, just as it says in this poem from one of the cards I received (Thankyou, Janice!):
There’s a wonderful peace in knowing
That our Lord is always there,
Watching over us with boundless love,
Keeping us in His care.