Friday, December 11, 2009

It's Friday

It's Friday! I survived til Friday! Round 5 was much better than round 4! Still not fun, but much better! I did not have the issues with electrolyte imbalance and dehydration like I did last time, so I did not have the weird muscle contractions that always freak me out. That was a very pleasant relief! 

I was given a shot of a long lasting anti-diarrheal medication on Monday afternoon. I knew it would be bad because it was obvious that none of the nurses wanted to give me the injection! It actually didn't hurt that much when the nurse gave it to me, but she showed me the needed afterward. It was a big one! I was fine until Wednesday morning. I woke up Wednesday and it felt like I had been kicked in the rump by a horse! I was so incredibly sore - still am - but, thankfully, the medication did what it was supposed to do. No diarrhea! Kept my electrolytes! No muscle weirdness! Emotional relief!

I also had a home health nurse come to the house this week to set me up to give myself IV fluids and electrolytes for three days. This was much needed and much appreciated as I ate and drank almost nothing Monday through Thursday. I now weigh two pounds more than I weighed when I got pregnant with our firstborn child. I don't recommend this diet plan! Hopefully, with Laura Kinion's cheesecake (and a little Ensure) I will be able to put the weight right back on this next week!

I am still extremely weak, but I am no longer retching up my intestines. I am resting and celebrating only three more treatments to go! My next treatment is scheduled for the week of Christmas... 

Thank you so much for praying for me this week. Thank you for your encouraging notes, emails, texts, gifts, and cards. I know I couldn't do this alone and I am grateful to have you carrying this burden with me. 

"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39


  1. *Happy Dance* !!!!!

    I was thinking about you yesterday and praying for you and I was, I thought how difficult this time of year would be to keep resting but I want to encourage you to keep up with resting and keep your body still and calm and .....rested. :) Next year will be more festive and active but this year, rest.

  2. Hi Laura...I am, in fact, a stranger to you...and yet when I mention you to others I keep referring to you as my friend and praying for you like a close sister.

    I live and serve in Costa Rica (accessed your blog through Lalo's)...I have journeyed with you for a number of months now and I just wanted you to know today I am a part of a team the Lord has personally assembled for His beloved daughter in Texas- perfect strangers some of us, for the glory of His awesome name.

    I have often thought that if I fell sick and was weary from the battle I would want scripture read outloud to me as often as possible...and so I am going to go and read from Isaiah, the promise-delivered parts, en voz alta, amiga...y es para ti..para darte las fuerzas de Dios, para recordarte cuanto El TE AMA!

    I have every confidence you and I will meet one day like long lost friends- it's an honor to pray for you and trust the Lord for your care. Kathy Carlson, missionary to Costa Rica

  3. Just a verse for you:

    For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.

    Romans 8:18