Today is Monday, October 31. Halloween. And the last day of the month. Tomorrow morning at 10:00 my journey with Avastin and CPT-11, chemo drugs, begins.
Halloween first. I know that there is a lot of controversy regarding Halloween these days — especially in Christian circles. And our pastor has really given me some things to think about over the past few years. But I guess I'm not ready to give up our tradition of sitting in the cul-de-sac with the neighbors, eating pizza, sipping hot cider, and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. Of course, it's supposed to be cold and possibly rainy tonight so that may not happen anyway... but that is our usual.
And then the Avastin/CPT-11 combination... the way I understand it, it's supposed to be something of a wonder drug combination. And, of course, we're ready for something wonderful to happen. I'm not sure exactly what the whole process will be, but I think it will take several hours. They'll open up the port and start infusing me with the drugs. They expect me to be a little sick for a couple days and then feel pretty good. And I'm ready to feel good!
I went to work for awhile again today. I really didn't want to go and felt pretty tired and lousy before going but once I got there and started working my spirits and energy level improved. I'm not sure that I was super productive, but it was good to get out, do a little work, and enjoy my co-workers. (Maybe the Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha helped, too. :) )
My scripture for today...
"Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle's!"
All of us have so much to praise the Lord for. He is filled with goodness toward us. Praise Him! And, of course, I would be especially attracted to the second part of the next verse: He heals my diseases. And then the first part of the following: He redeems me from death. How I would love to be healed right now and escape death for at least a few years. But, regardless, the Lord has filled my life with good things and His tender mercies are new every day. Spending time with Him renews me. It'll renew you, also. Praise the Lord!
You may remember that I've been trying to build up a stash of cards to give to the folks are providing us with meals. Here are a couple more.
That's going to be it for today. I'm a little tired and I think I need to rest up for handing out candy to trick-or-treaters and then to watch Dancing with the Stars. Such a full evening! :)
Hope your evening is full of promise, too. And, if you think if it, breathe a prayer or two for me as my journey with chemotherapy begins. I so appreciate all your prayers! And I in turn I pray that your day is blessed with all sorts of good things! Love and hugs to you!