We traveled to the University Hospital in Iowa City this morning for what we anticipated would be Lois’ 22nd Chemo infusion – but it didn’t happen. The lab work showed a significant decline in Lois’ overall health. The outward symptom is that she is exhausted. The blood tests indicated a drop in hemoglobin and white blood cells; the liver function has decreased and her kidneys are trying to make up for what the liver is not doing. There is also physical evidence that the tumors in the liver are firmer and a little larger. The lab work today did not include a CEA “tumor marker” evaluation.
Based on this, Dr. Halfdanarson and his team of oncologists decided to give Lois a two week rest from Chemo. Hopefully her body will regain some strength instead of dealing with the onslaught of Chemo chemicals again. On May 11 we will have a CT scan in the late afternoon; we’ll stay in Iowa City overnight so we can be back at the Hospital by 8 am on Tuesday the 12th. The medical team will look at the scan and lab results and then we expect a recommendation for a new “Chemo cocktail.” They gave us some ideas of drugs that might be used but its all speculation right now.
We accept this as part of the adventure. God has not caused this to happen but He is certainly in charge! We ask you to continue to pray for and with us that God’s plan will be worked out in our lives.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!