You see why I love him so? The silly boy keeps me laughing.
But the day seemed to grow longer as the side effects were hitting him quicker and harder while receiving the chemo. Just when Paul was sitting at the edge of his chair, getting a little stir crazy and wanting “out!”, the Lord sent two special visitors our way, Vern and Pat Hendrickson! What a joy to see them and fellowship with them right there in our treatment room. Our dear brother and his wife are going through a similar trial but with lung cancer.
There was nothing sweeter than to see the love of Jesus bubble out of them as they announced to our nurse who we called to take our picture, that “we belong to the same church…we belong to the same God!” Just like Vern was sharing with Paul before they took off, “The Lord knows how to give us exactly what we need!”
“R-CHOP”, the acronym for that wonderful blend of 5 medications, has delivered a stronger serving of side effects this time around for my husband. My poor guy! More fatigue, more nausea, heartburn, unsettled stomach, loss of appetite, loss of hair, scalp sensitivity, upper body
“The Lord is my Strength and my Shield, My heart trusts in Him and I am helped, therefore my heart exults and with my song I shall thank Him!” Psalm 28:7
He shared with me the fact that the Lord has been his strength from within and his shield of protection from without (I’ll say! Even from the microscopic cooties we breathe out into the same air we share!), and that he’s gonna keep on trusting Him, exulting in Him and thanking Him!
And on that note, let me share some praises:
- Praise God for Paul’s protected health thus far from the germs we’ve managed to bring into our home! A recent lab right before his 2nd chemo treatment concluded that his white blood count is lower than the normal range; I’m completely baffled that he hasn’t caught anything yet!
- Praise God that Paul’s right eye is completely off of all eye drops as of last Thursday and its pressure remains at 9!
- Praise God for the scheduled eye surgery on his left eye on February 21st.
- And here’s a BIGGIE: Praise God, that on February 13th, Paul and I will be celebrating 20 wonderful years of marriage! (Obviously not in Cancun, as we had planned 6 months ago, but nonetheless, gratefully rejoicing in our God’s great faithfulness to us and the deep love that grows sweeter and richer for one another and for our precious Savior with each new day!)
And because it exalts our All-Sufficient God when we come to Him with our requests, please pray along with us:
- That we’ll be given “green lights” from all the pre-surgery labs, tests, and physical exam for his eye surgery to happen on the 21st of Feb.
- That the Lord of all Comfort will indeed strengthen Paul physically and spiritually as he deals with all the side effects daily…(perhaps enough to go out on a hot date with his Love on our anniversary!)
- That I will get better soon and have my voice back..and move out of the guest room!
- For the two couples who have been close to our hearts and in our prayers as they battle against cancer in its more advanced stages. For Vern, and his wife, Pat. As well as for Paul’s older brother, Dave Miranda who has stage 2, (almost stage 3)-multiple myeloma, and his wife Debra. They have a long road before them and may God be pleased to glorify Himself through their lives as they embrace this opportunity to display to a hopeless world the power and joy of Christ in the midst of their sufferings.
Paul’s February Calendar of Events:
Feb 12: Pre surgery Labs and EKG in Richmond (RCH) @ 11:10
Feb 13: Our 20th Anniversary….Hang out with the Love of his Life!
Feb 14: Valentine’s Day…."ditto" the day before! ( I love this double whammy stuff!)
Feb 15: Eye appt, RCH (Dr. Lee) @ 11:15
Feb 15: Pre surgery Physical Exam, RCH @ 1:30
Feb 21: Eye Surgery, RCH (Dr. Lee)
Feb 22: Post-op eye appt, RCH (Dr. Lee) @ 9:15
Feb 27: Lab tests, VJO
Feb 28: Oncology appt, VJO (Dr. Schwartz) @ 9:30
Feb 28: Post-op eye appt., RCH. (Dr. Lee) @ 12:00
Feb 29: 3rd Chemotherapy treatment, VJO