"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

How's Mom?

I know you are all patiently waiting for Mom's health update. We truly appreciate it when people ask how she's doing! Someone asked me if she's going to be ok the other day; I responded that every day is a gift! No one knows what the next day will bring so we try to take it one day at a time. I know it's easier said than done for the one fighting each day! Mom really is amazing and she's doing a great job getting through her treatments!

She's completed 4 chemo treatments so far and it's been very challenging with a few unexpected bumps recently. Her chemo schedule is every-other week (on Wednesday) and she spends almost 8 hours in the infusion room hooked up through her port (upper chest) which is a direct line to the main artery. She's then sent home with a pump for the next 48 hours with additional take-home chemo to finish up. It's very hard for her 3-5 days following treatments. Mom's tired and pukey feeling, but she slowly regains energy and feels up to getting things done. Recently she had a blood clot in her arm so we had to give her blood thinning shots every 12 hours. This happened a few years ago so it's just like riding a bike but I felt bad for the patient receiving the shots more than I felt bad about giving them. She just finished those today! Yay Mom! Another bump has been with some difficulty swallowing and drinking so she had endoscopy done last Monday with light sedation and they were able to stretch her esophagus which should help. The doctor also took biopsy of the area that came back normal - super yay! Things look good down the hatch which really put Mom at ease. Now she just has to gear up for treatment to begin this coming Wednesday!

I keep reminding Mom how quickly she bounces back after chemo and that she's been down this road many times before. She's so strong and healthy despite all that she's been through. Even so mentally and emotionally strong that it's hard to tell when she needs help. It's a fine balance of assisting her yet keeping her motivated and encouraging her to get up and do things on her own also. When she is up it's hard to stop her!

Please continue to keep her in your heart, thoughts and prayers for strength and comfort! Thank you so much!


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