What a difference a day makes! I have felt much better today, physically and emotionally. I am still tired but improving. Today I have also experienced tingling of my mouth, lips, and left arm and hand. This is a common and expected side effect of one of my chemo drugs.
I have continued to rest today and to stay out of circulation of the general human population! We are being extra careful to prevent exposure to swine flu or any of the other viruses that are going around Houston. I will have my blood levels checked on Wednesday to see if the Neulasta has done what it's supposed to do. Then maybe I'll venture out to the grocery store! Exciting life, huh?
Ileostomy update: I did give myself a "gold star" today for ileostomy care and maintenance! I was not too excited when the doctor first told me that I would need a temporary ileostomy; but I want you to know that it has not been nearly as dreadful as I first imagined. I am used to having it now and taking care of it has become routine. It's funny how we adjust to new things and then before long they seem to be a normal part of our lives! One of my initial concerns was the possibility of the skin around the stoma breaking down due to leaking digestive enzymes. I am very proud to tell you that my stoma is perfectly healthy, and the skin on my abdomen is intact without a hint of injury! I consider this to be an answer to my fearful prayers and I am thankful that God has taken good care of this!
Faithful Friends: One of the things I am most thankful for is all of you! Your constant prayer and words of encouragement mean the world to me! You give me strength to keep walking this path and I will never be able to repay you. I am trusting that God will bless you for your kindness and faithfulness toward me. Thank you for seeing me through a difficult week. I love and appreciate you all!