Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fall Has Arrived

  This was taken 2 weeks ago and now even the green corn is dry. The garden is done for the year and only some cleanup remains. We are still eating the last of the sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, but that is it. Temps have cooled into 70-82 highs and 50's lows. Pretty nice weather.

   My radiation and chemo was suspended last Tuesday because of side effects. A very mouth-sore bottom lip and also diarrhea that caused a weight loss of 22 pounds in 8 days! And I certainly didn't have 22 to lose. I have regained a few, but at the lowest point last Thursday, I was 106 pounds less than what I weighed pre-diagnoses. The lip and mouth sores are marginally better and the antibiotic I am taking seems to be taking care of the other problem. They still don't know what it is; took more blood to culture yesterday.

   My guidelines are to call the doctor if my temperature exceeds 100.5. Wednesday night at bedtime it hit 101.3. Per Drs. orders we took Tylenol and by morning it was normal. We went in Thursday for blood samples and an IV fluid transfusion. Thursday night......same thing, only this time 103.5. The Dr. almost sent us to the emergency room but said take Tylenol and come in first thing next morning. Again, it was normal next morning; they still didn't have any results on the cultures, so I got more IV fluids as well as IV antibiotic. Sent me home with a week of oral antibiotic, too.  I feel good today; even mowed pasture for an hour or so this morning.

   The plan is to resume radiation Monday and chemo Wednesday, although maybe change the chemo drug. We are anxious to resume and Lord willing, 4 more weeks of treatment will be all that is needed.

   This is a picture son Dave got for me recently. The old rusty Farmall with Jeremiah 29:11....... For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

   I believe that verse is for me. 


  1. It's hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. Your garden looks just as beautiful as ever! Mine has grown up in weeds in the last month since I hurt my back. I can hardly stand to look at it. I'm sorry you're not feeling so good lately. Your positive attitude is amazing! I'm sure you don't always feel upbeat, but I'm encouraged when I read your posts. Continued prayers...

  2. I believe that verse is for you, Ray!

    As a vanishingly small sideline addition to that substantial blessing, you also have the entirety of my admiration--I can't help but truly admire your cheerful and courageous spirit and faith! Praise God! It's for a wonderful purpose.

    Here's another one: "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24)