Yesterday, April 15, Lois had her second infusion with the added Oxaliplatin. Because she was on this chemo regimen from July – October 2008, we knew the side effects and were prepared. Sensitivity to cold is the hardest one to cope with. Lois wears gloves to touch anything from the fridge or freezer. She pours milk and juice and lets it get to room temperature before she can drink it. Even the “minty cool” taste of toothpaste is too much so she uses baking soda to brush her teeth. These symptoms are intense for the first few days and gradually wear off so she can break eggs and have a jello salad in the few days prior to the next infusion.
Two side effects of the increased potency of the chemo therapy are the need for a lot more sleep and greatly reduced stamina. Lois spends a lot of time napping while watching TV or trying to read. She has short bursts of energy to do a simple project or spend an hour with grandkids but then she needs to rest. None of this compares to many we know who have severe reactions to chemo – some of which are simply debilitating. The chemo cold, the need for more sleep and avoiding cold for a week are relatively minor reactions – for this we are very grateful.
We are convinced that the ease with which Lois is dealing with Chemo is a direct answer to prayer! God is faithful in the little things – even when we don’t deserve it, He lavishes grace and mercy on us! We appreciate all the notes and cards as you express your care and concern. Thanks for praying with and for us.