Monday, March 15, 2010

Whew! What a day it was! A wonderful day, but a busy one. I'm not even sure what to tell you about today. Brian and I were both off for medical appointments today, so we were able to spend the entire day together. That's always a treat!

Our day began at Brian's CT scan. Can you please pray for my husband? He's been having constant abdominal pain for about a week and a half now. The doctor conducted tests last week, and after finding nothing amiss, he ordered a CT scan. This could be one of about a thousand things, but I don't like it when he doesn't feel well. This has given me an itty bitty glimpse of what Brian must feel - total helplessness. I want to fix it. I want him to feel better. But, there's absolutely nothing I can do about it, other than trust my God with it. So, that's what I've chosen to do. I would've told you guys about this sooner, but I try my best to protect Brian's privacy. After all, he's not the one spilling his guts to the entire world on this blog :) But, he's supportive of my blogging habit. He sees the value in it, and he reads it regularly. So, I'm petitioning you to pray for his health today, that our Healer would restore him and sustain him in perfect health.

Then, we were able to have a nice lunch out. Don't you worry your pretty little heads; I had a Greek salad, hold the croutons. And, it was yummy!

Our next stop was my radiation appointment. As I was getting out of the car, I glanced in front of me and saw a familiar smiling face. It was one of my blog friends! I had the chance to meet the sweetest, most supportive fellow cancer warrior (I've decided we're more than survivors)! I immediately hugged her and we were able to chat for a few minutes before I had to run off to be marked. Thank you, Lord, for making our paths cross. What a blessing you are!

I enjoy the sweet people who work in the radiation department. They are precious! And, they take much of the sting out of going to be radiated. I quickly changed and waited my turn to be branded. Fortunately for me, my old tattoos worked, and I didn't have to get new ones. The technicians worked with expert skill and oooed and ahhhed about my range of motion in my arm and my overall flexibility. At first, I was starting to feel a little cocky about their kind remarks, but then I remembered that I'm about 40 years younger than their average patient :) My wonderful radiation oncologist came in and said everything looks great and that the surgery made a world of difference. Praise God! And, now I'm geared up to start my actual treatments on Wednesday of this week. These will be 5 days/week for 6 weeks, for a total of 30 treatments. It was a success! As I laid on the table with the lights out and my arm going to sleep, I just kept hearing the voice of the Lord say, "Lindsey, I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you." The actual moments of scans and treatments are intimidating, but the Lord is always near.

After that, Brian and I stopped in at Home Depot to get a few yard items. We picked out a few plants and a compost bin. I've been wanting one of these things. I always have so much yard and produce waste, and I wanted to be able to use them. I'm so green now. I don't even know myself :)

Certainly, when we got home, we quickly began our yardworking and ended the night with a fire in the firepit on the courtyard. Oh, and I ate another salad for dinner. Your prayers for my diligence are working!

What a wonderful, blessed day!

Okay, now I need some major prayers. I told you about my horrible digestive issues, well, the food changes seemed to help yesterday, but the problems returned with a vengeance this morning and persisted through the day. I don't want to be crass, but this problem creates some intense stomach cramps that force me to double over in pain, and then an immediate need for a bathroom ensues. You can imagine the problems this creates for an elementary schoolteacher who can't leave her class unattended. So, please pray that this problem would subside totally. When it isn't hurting, I feel great. But, when it is, I'm useless.

Well, dears, I need to wrap this book up so that I can make my way to bed. Oh, and that's another area of prayer need for me. I'm not sleeping again. I am just having difficulty going to sleep, staying asleep, and feeling rested once I get up. Please, please, please pray for restful nights for me.

You have all been an immense blessing in my life. May you be richly blessed in return.


Anonymous said...

Praise God! Praying these specific prayers over you and your Brian!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Praying for each of you...
xo, misha

Norma said...

Girl, I felt an immediate bond! "Warriors" I love it!!!

Praying for Brian! Keep us posted. My hubby, Todd, was the same way about the blogging. lol! (We seem to have a lot in common)

Sominex was my best friend during my insomnia nights. You might ask your dr about taking it. It really helped me.


Anonymous said...

i'm praying for yall

Suzanne Moore said...

You are protected, that is my prayer for you and Brian this morning. No weapon formed against you will prosper for you are the child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, nothing is impossible with HIm, nothing! The victory is won, you are both just in the process, and the process is the hardest part (amen to that). God is revealing so much to me after the fact, yesterday with Him was amazing. I was able to capture and blog it. You are in my Spirit today as I know that the Lord always connects us with others for a reason and usually for a season!!!Smiles. Praying for rest and no tummy troubles today, done. We praise the Lord Jesus for His mighty "remaking" of your entire being! Blessings, Suzanne Moore ( suzannemoore) Much love to you. Praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens. Psalm 148:13

Sweet Simplicity said...

Praying for all these things.

Pam said...

Thanks for putting your pics in. The difference in the new bride and now are amazing. I see a beautiful woman who has learned to climb up in Abba's lap and listen to His heartbeat; who let's Him wrap His everlasting arms around her with His keeping power and hold her tight and never let go; one who has looked into His eyes and seen the unfailing love He has for her and knows that love in her heart. We pray constantly, persistently, expectantly for you and Brian and all you have need of. Love you, Aunt Pam

Alabamamom said...

Hi Lindsey,
I'm on Spring Break this week. Kelley and I just got back from spending time with my mom and sister in Mississippi. While there I got to meet one of the Cheer Girls who has had ovarian cancer for 8 years and has now spread to her lungs. She, like you, is such an inspiration. She loves the Lord with all her heart and soul. Her husband is a jewel as well.

After my oopherectomy and prolapse surgery I was dragging. I felt exhausted after sleeping a whole night. After a year and a half of this I had a sleep test and it turned out that I had sleep apnea. You're lack of sleep is probably more a result of your treatment rather than this. It wouldn't hurt to ask the doctor about it. My CPAP machine has made all the difference in the world in helping me feel rested. I will be praying that you can get restful sleep without having to have any testing done.

I'll also be praying for sweet Brian and the other issues you raise.


Paula said...

Brian & Lindsey,
Oh, you sweet, sweet, people. I am amazed each day how the Lord is working through you both.
Brian-We are praying for you that it is nothing serious and that God will place His healing hands on you.
Lindsey-isn't it amazing how inadequate we feel when we can do nothing for the one we love so much. We have to step back and let God's timing work. I would rather take care of a stranger off the street then someone have to wait on and serve me. It is so humbling.
In every blog, God is using you in my life, one way or another. It might not be that exact day. Today I got to use Psalms 46 to calm some exited/nervous/anxious people and had to stop and take a step back myself and say, "God is in control, not me, not Satan"
I thank you for that verse, it has calmed a wave.
I will be praying every morning for your radiation treatments and your tummy issues. I am also thankful that your chemo affects are at a minimum.
We love you both and are still "Stormin' His Throne" on your behalf!
The Chaffin's

Tanya said...

My goodness, you both have so much on your plate. I'm praying that you both continue to walk this journey with the great Faith you possess now! Blessings!

Stephanie Wilkerson said...

I love to read your is so encouraging and your spirit is amazing. I admire you so much....and your faith in the Lord. Doesn't it seem odd that both of you are experiencing abdominal issues at the same time? I wonder if maybe they are somehow related? Praying for you guys.

suzanne Moore said...

Praying for you today as you begin a new part of this process. May all within you be at peace, knowing that you are being guided by the BEST! Stay the course, keeping your eyes on Jesus, no waves can overtake you, you can do this!!!!"Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10, that's my prayer for you today. Blessings,Suzanne Moore