Day 79 – Saturday (11/10/18)
Next blog update will be posted by Saturday, November 17th, at midnight.
Hello again everyone. Another week is in the books. 5 down, 13 to go.
Compared to last week, I had a very mild week. As best I can remember, nothing eventful happened this week (but I have slept since then). My son is doing well with his broken foot. He is able to walk around and do everything he would normally do, so long as he keeps the boot on. He has a follow up appointment on 11/19. One of his friends told him about a product called “Even Up”, which straps onto the bottom of the shoe on his good foot, to even it up with the height of the boot. I ordered him one, and it should be here Monday (maybe Tuesday because of Veteran’s day. Does UPS run on Veteran’s day?). They say it helps get rid of the “limp” walk that people wearing boots seem to have. I found out that my neighbor broke her foot also, but she is having a difficult time getting it to heal properly. Please be in prayer for her that things would get back on the right track.
My wife and daughter finished their meds for strep. They seem to have made a full recovery and my son and I still never got it. This was a huge blessing. My blood work this week showed my numbers all rebounded back to the normal range (after being out on the low side last week). This seems like it will be the normal cycle to drop the week after chemo, and then rebound the second week. From an important date standpoint, I have a PET scan tomorrow (11/11) to see what progress we are making. However, I doubt I will know the results until Thursday (11/15) when I meet with my doctor again. Immediately after that meeting I will receive my 3rd cycle of chemo. Then the roller coaster starts again!
Finally, please also be in prayer for my cousin in Kansas. He has had a chronic illness for many years that was controlled by medicine. However, lately the medicine isn’t working, nor is the alternative medicines. The doctors are doing some tests this week to make sure they haven’t missed anything in the diagnosis. He is only a year older than me (I think… maybe 2 years), and is married with 3 young children. I know this is a difficult time for them.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for helping me have a relatively quiet week this week. I felt better than I have in a while, and was even able to start exercising some. I know that on Thursday I have another dose of chemo and the roller coaster starts again, but I know You will be there with me. I pray for the PET scan tomorrow, that the results will show excellent progress toward becoming cancer free. I pray for both my son and my neighbors feet, that You would help heal them. I pray for my cousin, that You would give the doctors wisdom in figuring out what the next steps are for him. I pray for our Church, as there are several missions/outreach projects happening. It is my desire that through the projects, through the people helping, that You may be glorified and others will experience Your love, and come to know You as their personal Savior. I pray for our Veteran’s Lord, and their families. I can’t fathom what all they have gone through to allow our nation to continue in the freedom we currently enjoy. Finally, I pray for anyone else that is going through a trial right now, whether it be health, financial, work, etc. Help them to seek comfort in You, knowing that You see the end from the beginning, and already have everything worked out. I love You Lord, and I thank You for Your continued blessings. Amen.