I survived my latest trip on the chemo drugs. My infusion day was pretty rough, just because I was feeling so good and healthy going in. I got just enough sleep each day to help me get by. Karen was actually sick with the stomach flu on day 1, so Karen’s Mom had to come save the day again. Karen was upstairs in bed sick while I was stuck on the coach. We used our cell phones to communicate throughout the afternoon/evening.
The side effects I feel on this regiment: heart burn, stomach ache, head ache, nausea, raspy voice, dizzy, muscle spasms, sore throat, cold sores, hair loss(although not yet) diarrhea and constipation. I am feeling good right now, but similar to a pregnant mother. I want to snack all the time to try and alleviate the yucky feeling once my stomach gets empty.
I stumbled upon James 1 two weeks ago and found it fitting:
Dear Brothers and Sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
Honestly I have to tell you that I don’t feel great joy while I am on chemo. But I do feel it once I have bounced back, and that I am so thankful for. They can keep throwing stuff at me and I promise to keep getting back up!
Here is another picture of Jaxson trying to throw back every rock he could find on a beach. This picture was taken at sunset in Grand Marais. It was the 4th beach we had been to that day. I asked him how in the world did God put all of these rocks on all of these beaches everywhere we went. He looked at me stoically and said, “Because God is all powerful.” He then turned back to the beach and kept throwing his rocks. Something to think about…
Thank you for all your love, prayers, thoughts and gifts. We are doing well and continuing to battle through everything in front of us.