On Friday, February 20, the home health care nurse arrived at our house to disconnect the “fanny-pack” pump which completed Lois’ 17th infusion of Chemo drugs. Of course, that all started on Wednesday at the University Hospital in Iowa City where Lois received three doses of drugs before they hooked up the 46 hour drip. The lab work was encouraging! The CEA tumor maker did not go up but decreased by one point. That is another answer to prayer. We continue to pray that the liver numbers will improve although Lois is not experiencing any negative symptoms from the less than optimum liver function.
Lois is doing exceptionally well. She deals with the “chemo cold,” the need for more sleep, and is careful about pacing herself. If you were to observe her from day-to-day for a week, you would most likely conclude that Lois is not limited by the cancer or the treatments. She spends a lot of time with our six grandkids, cleans, does laundry, cooks – all the things she loves to do. Although cancer has impacted her life, she has not stopped living!