Dear Faithful Praying Family & Friends,
I apologize for the delay in updating my blog. I am gratified that so many of you noticed the omission and then telephoned or emailed to inquire about my health status. I am surrounded and sustained by your care and attention.
You know that I try to keep the tone of this blog upbeat. This time, all I can say is that it is wonderful to be alive today and that I am very grateful for my family & friends, without whose love and prayers I could not survive.
Here is what happened: On Saturday morning, Day Six After Chemo Round One, I went to the Walk-In Clinic and they transported me via ambulance/EMS to the Emergency Room at the hospital. My problems, which began Friday night, were debilitating migraine headache, “hypertension urgency,” [extremely high blood pressure, racing heart, blurred vision, dizziness] and vomiting. I was, frankly, afraid that I would have a stroke or heart attack. The ER MD ran tests [EKG, CT Scan, blood tests] and determined that I had not had a stroke or heart attack. They addressed the pain with a narcotic that was 8x stronger than morphine, which knocked out the pain. However, the narcotic caused me to be violently ill [vomiting] for the next 12 hours or so. I was in ER for about 4-5 hours and went home Saturday afternoon. I was able to sleep and drink some water on Sunday morning and keep that down. Now I have graduated to Ginger Ale and Saltines but I daydream about food I would like to eat. I had some clear broth soup with noodles tonight!
The MD concluded that the headache was a result of the combination of chemo drugs, as I never have suffered from headaches of any type. The hypertension was a result of the pain. Stephen called my oncologist, Dr. Carroll, and he concurred.
I’m resting comfortably at home, reading and watching musicals. Stephen is taking expert care of me and Garrett came by to visit today, also. Haley calls and sends iPhone photographs of our grandson, Benjamin, which cheers me up.
When you leave a comment, it means so much to me! Lately, I have tried to reply to each comment. So, if you see my name above your name, in the comments listing [with the colorful patchwork quilt icons], then you can jump to your comment and see my reply to you!
Psalm 121: My help cometh from the LORD, who made heaven and earth . . . He watching over Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. [Selah.]
Immortal, invisible, God only wise, in light inaccessible, hid from our eyes.
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, almighty, victorious, thy great Name we praise!
Benedictus es, Domine.