Here We Go Again

Tonight we are packing and will be leaving out as soon as the kids are off to school. I pray this week doesn’t turn into a duplicate of last week. {CRAZY!} So far this week appears to be a quick in and quick out. No specialists, no tests, no scans, scheduled to stay on site.

I seem to be having two major side effects from chemo lately. First, and most troublesome is the pain in my left arm (shoulder, elbow, wrist). Secondly is fatigue. I have some new meds that are working on the fatigue (I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism due to radiation damage and will be on meds for it the remainder of my life. As far as the shoulder, I just can’t get relief sometimes. I have (2) strong meds for breakthrough pain that barely put a dent in it. I am using (3) different types of rubs and I have just about worn out a heating pad. Dr. Nathan has talked about giving me some shots at some trigger points to help me with the pain. He feels the nerves might be impinged farther up my shoulder/neck (sounds similar to my paralyzed left diaphragm – I wonder if we can kill two birds with one stone) and this could stop the pain above the source.  I am also experiencing peripheral neuropathy in my left arm which is making me lean more toward the nerve scenario as being the source of the pain, too. Unfortunately, my appointment with Dr. N is next week.

So I am asking this week that my prayer warriors pray for comfort, and increased energy level for me. Also keep Jonathan in your prayers along with Teena. We met these two (separately) at CTCA last week and each are fighting their own fight. Also keep our dear friend Gene in your prayers. He is doing better now and is at home. His chemo should start this week as long as his test come back OK.

Also keep Lori in your prayers. As I sit and watch her do all the things that she does to keep us floating I am more and more amazed and more and more appreciative of what all she does for me. I have said it before and I am sure I will say it again, I could not do this without her. It’s just that simple. Caregivers cannot be overlooked so also add Jonathan’s mom, Teena’s husband, and especially Jeannie, Gene’s wife to the prayer list as caregivers. I pray they will hear and understand the scripture below, cross-tattoos-272as we all should.

I lift up my eyes to the hills.

From where does my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2 ESV)

God bless you all!

Alan

One thought on “Here We Go Again

  1. What a large amount of information for you two to juggle!..Meds, appointments, prayers for others, and of course parenting. Your unending love for each other is apparent in your blogs and I’m more convinced through your journey that God places extraordinary people in our lives to be with us during the unexpected trials. It just doesn’t happen by chance.

    I wish I had a majic wand to at least take away your pain but knowing that’s impossible, I want you to know that i will be praying for your team this week as they continue to treat both the pain and the horrible visitor that has invaded yiur body. Hugs to both of you

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