The Day After….

April 18, 2013 Annette Daily Inspiration

Feeling a little nauseous today. I thought I would be tired, but I am on prednisone {it kills lymphoma cells} for 5 days, so instead I was up mopping my kitchen and bleaching counters at 5:30 this morning.  Goodness.

Yesterday, when I was at the doctors office before chemo I got some good news.  My bone scan was clean.  I was so grateful for that.  Chemo is right at the doctor’s office in another room.  They have nice, cozy leather recliners for everyone, just like you’d have in your home.  No medical type chairs.  There were chairs around an electric fireplace with a TV on the mantle….and a few chairs off to themselves.  I was figuring I would be there an hour or so for the chemo and then the doctor told me that mine would be 5 hours long.  I was very surprised, to say the least.  The whole appointment including doctor visit and lab work took 6 hours.  They told me to always allow 7 hrs. for my appointments.  The nurses told me that I am what they call an “all dayer”.  Everyone else came and went all day long, most there for around an hour, one young woman was there for about 2 or 3 hours.  I lost a little track of time for a while after they gave me benadryl in my port…… They started with anti nausea medicine and then the benadryl and then the chemo drugs, one at a time.  The nurses were great about explaining each drug, and what side effects I might have.  I had a real runny nose and itchie eyes and ears and throat for a little while after one drug and they said that was a side effect.  I didn’t think I would be there so long and wished I’d eaten a better breakfast.  Next time I will, and be better prepared, and have a good breakfast and have a snack packed.  They did have juice and crackers, and someone can bring any kind of food in for you,too.  It all felt a little overwhelming, not knowing it would last so long, and just the first time….maybe a little surreal.`  Afterwards Steve and I went to IHop and had a nice meal.  The rest of the evening I just felt a little wiped out.  I woke up at 4:00 this morning feeling nauseous.  It’s pretty much stayed with me all day, but it’s just a general queasiness, nothing bad.  The biggest problem I have is I can’t cross my legs because it can cause blood clots and I do that all the time!!! I am having a terrible time with this, goodness, never did I think that would be one of my problems from chemo…..

Today I had a check up with the surgeon who put the port in, and he let me know he’s praying for me.  He said all looks good. Before we went to that doctor appointment we went and got groceries.  Before we went and got groceries, we went to the barbour shop and I got my hair shaved off.  I cried. When we first got there a gentleman was just leaving and we thought, oh good, no one else is there.  So for a few minutes we had the whole place to ourselves.  Then a car pulled in.  It was a couple that we know from a church we used to go to.  They asked how we were and Steve answered honestly and said “not so good” and explained why we were there.  Well, you know what….it was so nice that they were there.  They were sympathetic yet encouraging & talked about the play and how James had done an amazing job, and asked what all the children were up to.  The Lord times things out just perfectly doens’t He?

My mother in law, Pat, came down yesterday and has been helping out so much.  Bless her.  She’s done laundry and run the sweeper, and cooked good food.  Makes me feel less stressed knowing things are being taken care of too.

My husband and children tell me I look good with out the wig.  Bless their hearts.  I do not see me leaving the house without it!!!

Psalm 28: 6 & 7 Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.  The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped:  therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

And…tomorrow it will be our 29th wedding anniversary.  So glad I married Steve.  He literally is with me in sickness and in health.

 

 

 

 

 

8 Responses to “The Day After….”

  • RAY SUMMERS says:

    I FOUND OUT YESTERDAY ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH YOU. STEPH, CHARLES AND I CRIED TALKING ABOUT IT. A PERSON DOES NOT KNOW FROM DAY TO DAY WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO US. MY HEART GO`S OUT TO YOU ANNETTE. HAVE GOD IN YOUR LIFE, TRUST IN GOD, BELIEVE IN GOD. THEIR IS NOTHING THAT GOD CAN NOT DO. I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR YOU. WHEN I GO TO CHURCH THIS SUNDAY, I WILL HAVE MY CHURCH PRAY FOR YOU. ANNETTE, LOOK UP THESE SCRIPTURES IN THE BIBLE ( K J V ) ISAIAH CHAPTER 40 VERSE 31 – AND ALSO ISAIAH CHAPTER 41 VERSE 10. YOUR BROTHER IN CHRIST, RAY

  • Jennifer Wilson-Hicks says:

    Hi Annette,
    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers… Hope you and Steve had a nice anniversary.

  • Amy Spurlock says:

    Hey Anette,
    I am so glad that you gave me this website. I actually called you right before I read this to give you the site of the Caring Bridge another friend uses, but it is just like this one. Awesome that people think of connecting loved ones together at these times and they have the knowledge to do that. I am in awe of people’s talents and good ideas. And you my friend, I am in awe over your strength. You constantly amaze me. We will be praying for you everyday as a family and you are in my thoughts constantly. I am so glad that we got to spend some time. Let’s plan on more of that this summer. I know I will be looking forward to it.
    Peace and Love,
    Amy

  • Amy Spurlock says:

    Hey! By the way. Happy Anniversary! Such a blessed union needs to be celebrated. I challenge you to think of a more romantic way for your 30th though.
    Smile!
    Amy

  • Peggy Kerr says:

    Yes, Annette, your home is in good hands with your mother-in-law, Pat! So this is a season for you to not be as concerned with everyday chores.You have such an awesome family, glad we’re related :) Good to hear you’re feeling mostly OK and that your bone scan was clean! Keeping you in prayer to the Lord who is our Strength. Love, Peggy

  • RAY SUMMERS says:

    HI ANNETTE, I JUST SAW THE PICTURE YOU POSTED, IT IS JUST AMAZING HOW MUCH YOUR KID`S LOOK LIKE YOU. I JUST KNOW STEPH, AND JAMES FROM WORKING WITH THEM. YOU HAVE TWO GREAT KID`S. THEY ARE SO MUCH LIKE YOU IN THE WAY OF ALWAY`S GREATING YOU WITH A BIG SMILE. I HAVE ONLY MEET YOU A COUPLE OF TIME, BUT IT WAS ALWAY`S WITH A SMILE. ANNETTE, TODAY IN CHURCH, ( 4-21 ) I ASKED THE CHURCH TO LIFT YOU UP IN PRAYER, AND ASKED THE CHURCH TO PRAY THE THE LORD HEAL YOU, AND I ALSO ASK THE PASTOR TO ANOINTE YOU THROUGH ME. I BELIEVE IN THE HEALING POWER OF GOD AND I KNOW HE WILL HEAL YOU. SO, ANNETTE, KEEP THE FAITH, AND GOD BLESS. YOUR BROTHER IN CHRIST, RAY……

  • Heidi Adkins says:

    Oh Annette! I just cannot express my feelings……….how brave you are! Your faith in God…….dear one…keep the faith! What does God have in store? I keep you close in my thoughts daily, and pray for you! Keep positive, enjoy not having to fuss with hair! Find something to laugh at! get all the rest you want……

  • patricia wilson patroger .com says:

    hi Anette ,hope your stomach feels better today.IAM PRAYING YOU FEEL BETTER!
    iKNOW god hears our prayers for you .I LOVE YOU ANDAPPRECIATE THE GODLY WOMAN YOU ARE.


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