Monday, January 11, 2010

I press on...

I woke up this morning with a raised bruise on my right ankle. This is not necessarily surprising because I bruise easily and I am a klutz, but I thought that it might be a sign that my platelet count was not yet where it needed to be to have my chemo treatment today. Sure enough, when they did the lab work today my platelet count was still too low. It has come up to 71, which is a big jump, so hopefully it will get to 100 by next Monday.

I discussed my other current issue with the nurses today. They decided to test me for parasites and amoebas just to make sure that I haven't picked up something that is causing all this intestinal "distress." Before I left the doctor's office they gave me a big plastic bag of supplies for collecting "specimens" to take to the lab. Can anything be more humiliating that carrying your own stool samples to the lab to drop them off??

Actually having the ileostomy made the whole collection process pretty easy. I can pretty much provide a specimen at any time and it is already collected in the bag, so I just had to transfer it to the specimen bottles. As I left the house I said to Ashley, "I have poop in my purse," and we both had a good laugh. Not many people can say that! Thankfully, it was contained! 

So, I am back to waiting, resting, and trusting. Physically, I am very tired. Emotionally, I am very weary of the fight; and not just my struggle, but the the struggle of so many special friends who are daily fighting for their lives. Spiritually, I press on, knowing that God is good and He has my name written on the palm of His hand.


  1. Laura,
    I have "poop" in my purse as well, but I don't think it is the same as what you were talking about! LOL!!! Hope you ankle heals quickly and your platlet count is up next week. Praying daily for you and the others fighting the battle with cancer. 2010 is going to be a much better year, you will have finish your chemo. and continue to be cancer free before we finish the COF "Get FITT" series! whoooo hoooooo! Almost time to do the HAPPY DANCE!! ;-)

  2. Laura,
    Your titled blog: Press On brot' this scripture to mind as truly, it is you - dear little sister: Phil. 3:14 "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
    Yes, it is GOD that girdeth you with strength for the battle & makes your way perfect. - LORD, Today make Laura's feet like hind's feet and set her upon the high places..teaching her hands to war..thank You Father for giving her the Shield of Your Salvation and that YOUR RIGHT HAND (The Lovely Lord Jesus) is holding Laura up and Your gentleness is making her great. Continue to deliver her from her today from her enemies..Enlighten any darkness that seeks to come against her today.
    She loves You, O LORD, YOU Alone are her Strength!
    Thank You for Laura, Your beautiful daughter of Truth & Light!
    Blessings, charity.
    p.s. best to hold off on barley green until thru with chemo & D. as it is a detox agent.
    Will continue to praise God for your life & healing. Love.

  3. Poop in your purse, lol! David and I had to take our samples in once. I got them there within 1/2 and hour & they were mad at me because they weren't "fresh" enough - yuck!

  4. Sometimes I carry poop in my purse just because.

    I pray for you to get all the rest you need for a perfect count next week!
    God is allowing you to have little breaks and although it is prolonging it a bit, it also gives your body a bit more rest period.

    Thank you for your love, your light and your words of life in this blog!

  5. Been off line for awhile, just caught up on your blogs. Keep pressing I said towards the end of my treatment...just keep breathing, that's about all I felt like doing. Your sense of humor is still full of energy...poop in the purse almost made me have pee on the floor :)

  6. Just think of those contests they have on KSBJ where people call in with the many things in their glove compartments or purses. You would win, hands down!
    Praying for you for strength in every way, one day at a time!

  7. Laura,

    I have followed your journey and your struggles very closely. I admire your strength and willingness to perserve even in tough times.

    I have a favor to ask. If you and Mark and your family can please pray for my daughter, it would mean the world to me. My latest blog entry explains what is going on...she is 6 months old. She was just dedicated at the December ceremony.

    We need God's help to make it through this time in our lives.

  8. I'm so glad that you were able to laugh at having poop in your purse! You have such a great sense of humor and I love that about you.

    Becky Sanders