All went well today. We were there from 8am to about 2:15pm. Blood counts were ok. Hemoglobin still at 10.2--same as last week. I was hoping it would continue to creep up, but at least it didn't go down.
My meeting with my onc. was pretty short today. He has a "Fellow" with him most of the time (usually a different one each time), and the Fellow does the exam, after Dr. J and I talk. They do the usual look in the eyes and mouth, listen to heart, feel lymph nodes. No poking of the tummy today, but he did listen to it. Neither one of them checked my neuropathy, but we did discuss it. I told Dr. J that I was planning on going back to work the beg. of Jan., and I'd have to be outside doing recess for around an hour (not really sure how long this year, but assuming it will be at least an hour). He said if the neuropathy isn't better by then, he doesn't want me outside that long. He said he would write me a note, if needed (which it will be). We'll just have to wait and see how the feet and fingers are, and how the rest of me feels. I might have to take a longer leave, or have my job duties adjusted (not an easy task!).
I also asked him if he could reduce my steroid drip today, so I can sleep tonight. He said that would be ok, so he cut it in half. So now, instead of having a bit of energy, I feel very groggy. I just hope I can sleep tonight! Otherwise I will regret cutting back on the steroids!
The Benedryl was cut in half too, and that was because I haven't had any bad reactions to the Taxol. My nurse ran it in slower though too, so I wouldn't get that awful woozy, nauseated feeling I got last time. I just felt it a little bit this time.
I'm still getting prayer every Sunday. My Senior Pastor, Mark, told me several weeks ago that he feels that we should keep praying, and I'm supposed to remind him if he forgets. The past 2 weeks have just been quick prayers, but that's enough! God knows what is on our hearts. There have been times where I wanted to just quietly slip out ( I hate bothering people!), but someone always found me to pray over me! I told Rich the Sunday before this past one to make sure I get prayer, because I think it's really what God wants me to do, so Rich tracked down Mark yesterday, before we left. Also, a church member came up to me and gave me a Bible verse that popped into her head when she saw me in church. When we (the congregation) were greeting each other, the woman behind me asked me my name and told me she had been praying for me--she didn't even know my name!! I'm getting teary-eyed typing this--God is so good to me. I feel so blessed!!
Here is the Bible verse given to me: "And be sure of this, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20 NLT Isn't that awesome? Thank you Father! That Bible verse isn't just for me (although it's just what I needed to hear!), it's for EVERYONE.
Jesus is with you ALWAYS.