Saturday, December 20, 2008

After Chemo

It's been almost 48 hours since the first treatment. Jon said I looked yellow-green at the end of the 4 hours, but I felt reasonably well. The nurses were kind. One of the nuns served us delicious sandwiches, and I was surprised I felt well enough to eat it. I had minor side effects during the treatment, but nothing big. I didn't feel very well at home that evening, but was up and about enough to do a clay project with the kids. The nurse warned me that nausea would set in on Friday and sent me home with 3 different medications to take if necessary. I held my breath all day yesterday, waiting. I was very tired and slept most of the day, but no nausea! This morning I still feel fine. The second chemo drug I received (Cytoxan) is supposed to kick in tomorrow or Monday, so I'm not out of the woods yet. Thanks to all of you who are praying.

A specific prayer request is for our health. Typically chemo patients receive a treatment to boost the production of white blood cells the day after each chemo treatment. White blood cells are killed in droves by the chemo. I can't receive that treatment because of the baby. My immune system will be very, very low over the next couple of weeks. I won't be going anywhere to speak of, and I'll have to go to a friend's house temporarily if the kids get sick.


Suzy said...

Glad you didn't have to deal with much nausea yet...that's amazing considering your pregnancy! Will continue praying...especially for everyone to feel well and be healthy for Christmas.

T.L. Rice said...

You are a trooper, Amy. Hang in there. No vomiting the first 48 is amazing in my book. I'll be praying for your white blood cell count and that your family will have a miraculously cold/flu-free winter.

Mike and Stephanie said...

Praise the Lord, Amy! We've been praying specifically that you would not experience nausea and that God would grant you and the baby great health during this whole process. We're so glad to hear how He is answering so far. We'll continue to pray for these things, as well as the health of the whole family. Keep on keeping on!

Jendi said...

Praise the Lord for the lack of nausea!

I will pray that you and all your family stays healthy.

P.S. Don't come to PA right now. There's cold germs everywhere!

Anonymous said...

Dear Amy, What an answer to prayer that the nausea hasn't been too bad! I remember seeing a little greenish look a few times over the years (at the piano) when it was just the 1st trimester of a pregnancy, so the fact that you weren't too sick is a blessing! We will continue to pray for you as are all of us at the church,

Love you guys, Bob & Sherry