One Day at a Time
“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved,
that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years,
and a thousand years as one day.”
2 Peter 3:8 English Standard Version
As I mentioned in Part 2 Karen and I were off for my third Chemo infusion later that afternoon – last Monday. Anyway, since I am keeping a ‘diary’ of sorts, I thought I might write from my daily notes.
Probably one of the telling items is that when I met with my doctor the Friday before the third infusion he decided to start me on a low dose of prednisone. After the first two infusions I had several common side effects and they seemed to be getting worse. In particular I had a fever and cold symptoms and had to take an antibiotic. I also started recording my temperature each day.
On Monday, the 21,st we met Jeanna a Chemo nurse who provided my treatment this time. Nora had done the first two. While physically very different, each of these professionals were friendly, competent, and informative. Every medical professional (and I will provide reference information to anyone who asks) we have met is ready to answer any questions and address any concerns.
They provided me with an anti-nausea medication to take, “as needed”. But through the first two rounds, I had some difficulty deciding when to take it. I asked Jeanna for guidelines. She laughed and said that is one question she never gets from a woman who has been pregnant. After some discussion she summarized, take it whenever I feel “Ichy”. Now I know when to take it and have been more comfortable.
On Monday evenings Karen practices for Soli Deo Gloria choir and I attend Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). The day of infusions seem benign so I am hopeful that I can continue regular attendance.
This year in BSF we are studying Revelation with a focus on the Biblical revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. The men’s study will continue until about Memorial Day each Monday evening from 7-9. Students are still being added. There are a bunch of HCLC men participating. Let me know if you would like more info.
Each morning I have felt ‘pretty good’. That is about as good as I will claim. My temperature is staying down. Most days include walking the dogs and an afternoon nap – makes for a better evening. Taste and tongue start to degrade on Wednesday, but not as bad as last round.
My weight since the start (seven weeks ago) is down 8-9 pounds and this week 2.5 pounds. There are two good sides to this – the MILK SHAKE and the MALTED. My personal favorite is a vanilla malted at Carl’s Junior; although, I found the Hot Fudge Milk Shake at Sonic on Thursday – both are available in Falcon.
Reminds me of Deuteronomy 8:3 (ESV), “. . . that man does not live by bread alone . . .” and Psalm 34:8 (ESV), “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” But I am enjoying pandering to my sweet tooth and doing a morning and evening devotion and my BSF study.
The biggest new problem I have had is my right heel. On Friday it felt like I had rolled my sock and I had bruised my heel. Since then it is getting sorer and sorer and ice has given no relief. I don’t know whether this is a side effect or something else, but will contact the doctor’s office on Monday. For now I can’t wear anything but sandals and slippers.
On Sunday Jessica and her family came over for the afternoon. Jessica and I made nine pints of salsa. It was fun to ‘can’ something. I have not been doing any canning this summer/fall and knew I would need help. Karen had fun with the Jillian and Jacob. At night we took photos of the large, blood moon eclipse (PD I attached my best – if you have better, please substitute) and watched the Broncos. Was that a Bronco Lunar eclipse?
Karen and I are planning to see the aspens in the mountains tomorrow. Maybe we’ll find a new place for a milk shake.
Gerald Givens is a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel (1969-1991) and contract satellite engineer/program manager (1991-2011). He was born on 16 March 1945, and blessed to be baptized in April 1945, and married to his lovely wife, Karen, on 23 December 1967. He has served HCLC as Lay Minister and member of the Board of Directors. For many years he served with Karen and a third grade and kindergarten Sunday School teacher. Recently he has led numerous Financial Peace University classes and co-chaired with Karen the Holy Cross Momentum emphasis,”SOAR” which was intended to bring Biblically based financial management training to the broader Holy Cross community.