Saturday, September 13, 2008

Finally Unhooked-A little Nauseous but I'll Make it!

Another day at Emory to get my chemo bag unhooked. The tape didn't stick as severly as last time so all in all the process wasn't bad. I had Tim, the same nurse that hooked me up Wednesday. This is the first time I've had the same nurse. He was wonderful and helpful. We talked about how my white blood cells had dropped considerably from the 1st session to the 2nd session but they have a growth hormone replacement shot if need be...however, what they don't say it how it creates severe bone pain. We discussed the possibility of me having to have this shot but it also just gives me another prayer request for all you....please pray that my cell counts stay so that I don't have to have additional shots to raise counts for my treatments. It slows down the process and adds alot more pain!

Emory didn't seem to have as many people in the infusion center as they did on Wednesday when I was getting hooked up. However, the people were all very young that were in the same bay as I was. Again, you could see cumulative effects of chemo and how much sicker they were. I just keep praying, "Lord, just let this be my miracle, getting through this without the severe side effects".

I did become very nauseous and sick when I got home from the ride to Emory. Thank God mom had me take an additional pill for nausea or it would have been out of control. My temperature starts dropping immediately. The way I notice my temperature take a quick drop is my nose gets real cold while the rest of my body is warm. Steve took my temperature and it had dropped to 95 degrees again but it goes up and down really quickly....so quickly that mom and Steve put the blankets on me, I'm immediately throwing them off and on....it causes my head to feel like it is spinning out of control and my body is just responding in very quirky motions making it very difficult to get my body to relax. Mom, Steve and Kimberly come over and pray for me as I can't get my body under control and I start getting upset. Prayer always calms me. Mom makes peppermint tea and after a few minutes....I lay my head back and begin to fall asleep. Chemo is a very weird poison....you don't know what to expect....it just comes on you full throttle and acts different each time.

However, by the end of the evening, I was feeling tired but had a good night's rest....so Thank you Lord. I get up this morning wondering how this day will go. Thus the way it is....you can't really make any plans because your body makes them for you but not in an advance way. You can feel great and within hours feel horrible.

I still Thank the Lord because it could be so much worse at this point! I've seen worse from others so I know the prayers are sustaining me.

I may blog later but for right now....I'm going to take it easy and try to see if I can keep my body calmed down so I can go to church tomorrow. I know I have to watch because my cell counts are down so even the slightest sickness I can't go anywhere but I'm still going to try to conserve my strength. UGH....the highlights of a weekend....Yeah rah for me! God is still good so I must focus on his goodness rather than my aggravation over the process!

Everyone have a good weekend! Love, Leah

3 comments:

#1Fan said...

Hi Leah. I hope you are resting and feeling better. You are so special and special prayers are being sent for you. I can't wait until tomorrow so that I can share you and your journey with my Sunday School friends. These ladies are all around 80 years old, much older than I am, but they are some good praying women - believe me. And when I put your name on the prayer list, they starting praying right then and there! God is hearing your name girl, many times a day and all thru the night! Trust him, he will carry your thru. Rest now sweetheart, I hope you feel well enough tomorrow to worship in the house of the Lord. If not, we got you covered! Love ya girl!

Diana DeBolt said...

Hey Leah. You are an inspiration to me little sister. You should go into writing. You are awesome. I hope you have a good weekend and can go to church.

Love Ya

Tammy said...

Hi Leah. You can see what time it is. I woke up with a sick headache, nausea, hot flashes, cold sweats, and racing thoughts - sound familiar? No, it's just menopause. (Just a little humor). Just letting you know that people are thinking of you even in the middle of the night and we're praying for you to have a good day tomorrow and every day.

Hang in there. You are an inspiration to all of us strong women. And, by the way, you have a beautiful mom taking care of you.