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Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Back In The Game

Last week was an off week for us. My counts were too low to continue with the treatment as scheduled, so we actually had a week without treatments. At first we were really upset but once the doctor explained the statistics we felt blessed to have made it at full dose for the first four weeks. Apparently only 20% of the study patients actually made it at the high does for the entire first four weeks. The doctor said that almost all patients in the study experienced on and off treatment weeks whenever their body's couldn't handle the treatment during this phase of the game. We really needed the emotional and physical break from treatment. It was a nice break. Each day I got a little stonger and my hunger came back. I was able to play with the kids some and by Monday of this week I was feeling pretty good.

I gave myself my first injection on Monday and that afternoon it was all coming back to me. The chills, fever, and not feeling well. On Wednesday of this week I was able to give myself the second shot and I had chills today, but nothing like Monday. We are praying that this lower dose fewer times a week, will allow me to be back at work. I will only have one week of shots instead of the two we had planned, but with God's help and all your prayers I am confident I will be able to make it through next week, when I return to work.

My family could still use your prayers as well. It will be quite a change for our four year old, to have his dad gone at work again. He has really been used to having me around, even though I have not been feeling well. Our 10 month old, well he just likes attention and food right now so he will be fine. Michele has mixed emotions, but I think she can't wait for me to back to work to get out of her hair and she can settle back into her routine. Just kidding.

These are big changes for all of us and we would again like to thank everyone for their prayers and help during this difficult time.

God Bless

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Delay For Phase Two

The good news is that we made it through the four weeks of the high dose. The bad news is my counts dropped and I had to pospone our start of the self injected doses. So this week has been a recovery week both mentally and physically. I did not realize just how worn down I have become. My muscles feel like jello and seem to have no energy. I slept most of the day Monday and Tuesday.

Michele and kids are doing well. Thanks to everyone who helped us out during the four weeks. It was very great to have meals, child care and other tasks that was done during the weeks.

Please keep your prayers coming that my counts will come back up this week so I can start my phase two of treatment on Monday.

God Bless

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Prayers Answered and Almost Done, Sort Of

My counts were up this week so I was able to continue the higher dose of treatment. Another sign that prayers do get answered. I only have two days left of the daily treatment and then I go for the three days a week for the rest of the year. This week has been rough, but I am making it through.

God Bless

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Going Into Week Four

Well it is finally here, week four. Week three went off with much fan fair. Same old symptoms and issues. Thank you for your prayers to keep my counts high and did not get sick. Everyone around me is sick so your prayers are still needed. I hope my family gets over their illnesses quickly since I am not much help around the house.

On Saturday I did feel well enough to make a pinewood durby track with a friend of mine. However, on Sunday, I sat around and watched the Masters. Michele and I were able to get out of the house this evening and go get some things we needed for Church and a new lamp for our front bath.

Thank you all again for help, prayers and assistance. I know Michele and I really can't say it enough. Please pray that my blood counts are up on Monday so I can continue the higher doses of the medicine.

God Bless

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Third Week and Prayers Needed

We have made it to the half way point. Yesterday I slept for about 7 hours because that first treatment of the week is a little rough. My blood counts are right at the min requirements for me to keep the high dose, so I could use your prayers that they will stay that way and not drop below. I could also use your prayers for strength. I am getting really weak. When you don't use your muscles they start to go away on you and I can barely walk a 1/4 mile before I am too tired.

My family could also use your prayers. It is tough to have me in this state and sometimes it does not bring out our best behavior. But we do love each other and we pray everyday God will give us the strength to make it through that day.

Easter weekend went great. We had some fun family time, searching for eggs and seeing what was in our baskets.

God bless.