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.