My appointment this morning was for 9:00am and as anyone who knows me will tell you I walked through the door promptly at 9. Ever since me short stint in the Army I’m the annoying person who shows up 5 minutes early for everything, so stepping through the door at 9 was actually being late. The lovely nurse Rose drew the short straw today and is stuck with me for the morning. As I type this the Emend (anti-nausea medication) is on a slow drip and a young technician just came in through the door from the hospital delivering bags of chemotherapy goodness. The Emend has another 15 minutes to go and then we’ll start with Oxaliplatin which is the first of the two chemotherapy drugs I’m given.
Of course the question I’m constantly asked is how I’m doing? My treatment today will end on Thursday at which point I’ll do a lot of napping until Saturday when I start to feel a bit better. Truly, I won’t feel 100% until Tuesday – or at least that has been the case the last two times. Truth is other than the expected blech feelings expected with chemo I’m still springing back every week. The nice thing is after this treatment I’m getting a little break as the wife and I will be heading to the Outer Banks when my next treatment is scheduled. Not sure if I’m going to have chemotherapy the week after we get back or if they’ll keep me on the current timeline and I’ll get a full month off. I think that will depend on the results of my next CT scan which I will be having as soon as I get back from vacation.
Thank you for all your continuing prayers. In our Sr. High Sunday School class this past Sunday we had a discussion on the effectiveness of prayer. If you ever wonder what immediate good your prayers do, please understand I am spiritually strengthened simply knowing you are praying for me. It is a wonderfully humbling thing to know people are concerned about you. It helps strengthen my own prayer life as I strive to live in a way worthy of a Christ follower.