Just wanted to do a quick update about my CT scans and lab tests I had done last Monday. By Monday evening I already had the results! Everything looks good! My hemoglobin is up a little (finally--I've been taking iron pills!). My platelets are at the low end of the range, and have been since surgery. Before that they were much higher. I'm going to ask my oncologist about that when I see him on Tues. I have a list of things in my head that I want to ask him--I really need to write these questions down!
I will have another little surgery on my backside on March 8th. Not going to do any major surgery on the fistula yet. My surgeon can't guarantee the outcome, so we will hold off as long as possible. There is a chance it might close up on it's own, eventually.
I had to miss another day of work due to my 'digestive system'. The barium stuff I have to drink for the CT scan really messes me up, and I spent most of the evening and into the night in the bathroom. I wasn't able to go to work the next day either. I think that's 5 days I've missed this school year related to my cancer treatment/side effects. Then I missed 4 days due to illness recently too--first a stomach bug, then a cold/chest/cough thing. I don't usually get those type of viruses, so it was weird to get them one right after another. I've already used up the 10 days I get per school year! I'm praying I don't miss any more this year!
It's a relief to have my scans done and over with. I was getting a little nervous this time. I couldn't shake the feeling that 'this might be it'. On the way to the hospital to get my tests done, as I was driving, I was praying and praying. And I was asking forgiveness for the fear, because I knew I shouldn't be afraid--I should be trusting in God. Finally, I realized where the fear was coming from and I said out loud "Satan, you can't touch this! I am a child of the Most High King, and covered by the blood of the Lamb! I have no cancer in me, and I will trust in God and not be afraid!". I felt soooo much better after declaring that for the devil to hear. He fled and I was filled with peace! I was able to be joyful the rest of the day, which I think was nice for those around me in the hospital. That can be a very stressful place, and I made sure I smiled at everyone!
Oh-- I have to mention my infusion nurses again. One of my regular nurses is working at a different place (I will miss her and hearing about her lovely children and family!), and the other 'regular' one wasn't there either. The nurse I had, Carol (Carole?), is one I know though, from being there over the last 4 years, and she had a person with her that was in training. At the end, when I was ready to go, Carol started asking me about my grandkids, and how I was doing after treatment. I was only going to tell her a little, to not take up too much of her time, but she kept asking, so I kept talking! That was so special to me, that she took the time to REALLY ask how I was doing. Usually when I don't have one of my 'regular' 2 nurses, I am in and out of there pretty quick. Everyone is very nice and says hi, but I am only there for a port flush or labs. It just made me feel really good, that she remembered things about my family, and really cared about how I was doing. Chemo nurses are truly angels!
Well, I see my oncologist Tuesday, and have my mammogram Thurs., then the following week I have a pre-op, and my minor surgery. Then I think I'll be done for awhile! *Whew*!
More updates later this week. Hope everyone feels blessed this week, and feels the love of Jesus surrounding them! Amen!