Thank you Father for your continued presence and love. We feel your hand here, we know your comfort and care. Thank you all for your continued prayers.
Normally we don’t have vacation sagas and I usually wait a week or so to blog, but Theresa felt I should let you all know now what is going on and how to pray.
Last week Theresa was getting light headed on standing, and not wanting to eat, and getting weaker. She was dry during Chemo on Thursday and had to get a liter of fluid, which helped some. Well over the weekend that didn’t improve, in fact she got worse, unable to eat and only having a half glass to drink all day. Sunday she was worse yet, no fevers, but tired and laid down most of the day. She had been having progressive discomfort with her port and neck. Sunday night I talked with he Oncologist and she got 2 liters of fluid Monday morning before we drove to Cannon Beach for our vacation. She didn’t look great in the car. But once we got there, she laid down and started having fevers and chills. She wanted to wait and see if it would get better. But finally we were both convinced she needed to be seen. So we talked with her Oncologist and drove back 3 hours to the hospital in Olympia, arriving around 10:30 at night. She was burning up on the drive until the Tylenol kicked in. By 3:30am was in a room after being evaluated in the ER. Blood cultures were taken from her arm and port and placed on antibiotics.
That was Monday night/Tue am. Now we know that her port is infected, she is septic, has a large jugular blood clot, and her white blood cell count is falling. Her bone marrow took a bigger hit with this chemo and infection so she has become more anemic and her protective white blood cells have dropped to the neutropenic level (body having difficulty mounting a response). She is pretty tired and the port and clot makes it hard to swallow due to pain. Her blood cultures are positive and will know more tomorrow if she has a bad infection that will need 4 weeks or more of IV antibiotics. She will get her port out tomorrow before her next anticoagulation dose.
She is done with chemo now too. She has had progressive gastrointestinal pain due to autonomic dysfunction from the chemo. So for now we have to stop active treatment and reassess in a month or so.
I am grateful to be on vacation so I can be with Theresa during this time.
She probably won’t come home before Sunday, barring anything else popping up. She is pretty sick, but in good spirits. We are thankful for God’s prompting and peace during this time as well as all your thoughts and prayers.
Our pastor just stopped by read from the 46th Psalms and prayed with us. A couple of verses from Psalms 46 are reassuring “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when”… bad things happen. “Be still, and know that I am God!”.
And in my reading today from Habakkuk 3:17 “EVEN THOUGH the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; EVEN THOUGH the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; EVEN THOUGH the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, YET I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my Salvation! The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights”. Despite it all, we praise Him for He has a very tight grip on us and won’t let go EVER. AND his promises are SURE.
Will update more later. Thanks for all your prayers.