22 down and 6 to go! My final treatment is still scheduled for April 16th. I told Dr. Eyre on Tuesday that I have decided not to do the boost and he replied, “That’s reasonable.” I made that decision based on information I received over the weekend that shows the chance of local recurrence for me is only 3% and the boost will not affect that (statistically speaking). I trust that God provided that information at the right time so that I could confidently make the right decision. There cannot be a 100% guarantee apart from God’s divine intervention. I know He will do that if that’s part of His plan for me.
The treatments are going fine, although my skin is definitely getting dry and I am getting more tired. Please pray that this does not get worse. Dr. Eyre will decide on Tuesday if the radiation doseage needs to be reduced for the last few sessions. It’s often necessary to do that because of the skin irritation. So far, it’s just like a bad sunburn, but with no blistering or cracking of the skin.
I have also been experiencing some indigestion since the second week. I did talk to the nurse about this and she said it’s not directly due to the radiation. She suggested that since my eating habits haven’t changed, maybe it’s from stress at work, but I said that’s not likely at all. She then said that the radiation is definitely stressing my body, so maybe it’s that stress that’s causing the problem. I don’t know, but with only 6 more treatments to go, I’ll find out soon enough. I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist on May 1st for a consultation about a screening colonoscopy. If this indigestion hasn’t resolved by then, I’ll ask him about it.
I worked 10 hours on Wednesday, which was apparently not a good idea, since I was tired enough on Thursday afternoon to leave work at 3:30. I was asleep by 5:00. Friday, I made it through the day, but was again tired by the end of the day. I got home about 6:40, laid down about 7:40 with a DVD playing, and was asleep around 8:00.
Please continue to pray for James and Liz. James is really struggling to make it through his treatments. We serve a loving, all-powerful God who can get James through this ordeal. Please pray that James will hang onto Jesus, the Great Physician, and will know the peace and comfort that only He can provide.
I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:1-3, ESV)
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
Happy Easter, everyone!! 🙂