Friday, September 23, 2011

Chemo - Round 4 Done!

Round four of chemo went well this week. The new medicine is working and no sickness. Dakota had some sickness last week but hopefully we can head that off this time. He did get another new injection this week that is causing muscle spasms in his chest and arms. Called the doctor tonight and told us to give him a pain pill. Still having some spasms but hopefully they will subside. If it continues to worsen we will take him to the doctor this weekend. Dakota slept a lot after the first round and was a little cranky. When he came in Thursday the nurse asked him what was wrong because she could tell he wasn’t his normal self. I just love his nurses and how they know his name and get to know each and every patient. Dakota gets anxious each time he gets ready for treatment and dreads it more each time. It’s hard to be 20 years old and stuck at the house all the time but I don’t think that’s the part that bothers him the most. The sickness is what he really dreads but hopefully he won’t have that any longer and he will have a better attitude. I had talked to his nurse about Hodgkin’s and if she knew if it was hereditary because David had read that it was but I hadn’t seen that while looking on the internet. His nurse went home and looked it up and said that it was hereditary. I thought it was amazing that a nurse would take the time to look it up after she went home. That just goes to show you how great the people are at St. Anthony’s.

We have had a busy couple of weeks. David and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on Sept 12th. I was able to get all the kids together and get family pictures for the occasion. The next week I went to the State Fair with my sister and her grandkids to see Disney on Ice. My sister takes us all every year and the kids get to ride the rides. I took a lot of pictures at the fair. David’s parents made a surprise visit from California and we had a nice visit with them. Then on Sunday we had dinner with all of the Oklahoma Miles crew at a Mexican restaurant and I took pictures there too. Lots of pictures in the last few weeks. Of course I can’t post many on here but I will post a few.

While at his first round we sat across from a gentleman about my age with Hodgkin’s, stage one. We had a nice talk and compared symptoms from the medicine. Even though he is stage one they are both on the same medicine. Both are having problems sleeping. I thought it was because he doesn’t expend energy during the day but I guess it’s the medicine. The man remembered seeing us before and told me that I looked much calmer this time. So much for thinking I looked calm and collected all the time. He told me a few times so I must have looked a mess. Of course I don’t remember seeing him because I only had eyes for Dakota. It’s funny the people God places in your life at just the right time. Dakota was feeling blue and it was good to talk to someone going thru the same thing.

God did place some scripture in front of me, and he did it three times in two weeks. How can you ignore that? We receive a magazine from Jesse Duplantis. We had the opportunity to listen to him last spring at Meeker and really enjoyed him. He definitely isn’t a Baptist, as he will tell you, but I enjoyed his message and his magazine always seems to have an article about something we are struggling with. Last month was faith and those with super faith. This month the he talked about a woman with an issue of blood from Mark 5:25-34:

25. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26. She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27. She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28. For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his rode, I will be healed.” 29. Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. 30. Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” 31. His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?” 32. But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33. Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

This same scripture was given at church the following week. Then our friend Dave gives us a book called A Message from God and it has the same scripture in it. I believe God is telling me to have faith, loud and clear. Got it! Message delivered. Thank you.

I didn't know if I wanted to post because I didn't think that I had anything to really write about.  Geesh, don't leave me alone with a computer!

Family picture:  Blake, Paige, Dakota, David, Syndi
 Eating cinnamon rolls at the fair before Disney on Ice
 Where do all young warriers carry their swords?  Stuffed in their sweat pants, of course!  Oh my gosh, I love this kid and his faces!
 All four of them riding a ride and trying to catch the bubbles.  Love all of their faces in this!
 You ask "why does my sister look like a crazy person?"  She is laughing because her grandson fell.  She is a sick person.  She's trying to block the camera from seeing her sickness.  I'm surprised that the picture isn't blurry because I was laughing so hard at her.  No worries, her grandson was fine and he just kinda stumbled but it doesn't take much to get her started.  She'll love me for this picture.  LOL

The cousins
 David's brother, Darrin and his wife Christy
 David's parents, so sweet!
 The Miles crew.  Notice the family resemblance in the men?
 Bill, love the smile!
 David hugging his mom good-bye.  He loves his momma.
 Of course the guys had to show that they could climb this gate.  I love how Blake has his hands out to catch his brother. 
 More of the cousins
 Dakota hugging his grandma good-bye...sniff, sniff

Romans 8:11 “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you”

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