Infusion #21

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.

8 thoughts on “Infusion #21”

  1. Again, Thanks for the update. It helps us feel closer to you and enables us to pray more effectively. It was so good to be able to spend some time with you and share a part of your trust and faith. We could feel the Lord walking with you. We love you! Ron and Pauline

  2. we at the bethel c.u. church in missouri remember you both each week in our prayer time. thank you for the update. GOD BLESS YOU, DAILY!
    GREGORY CARROLL AND THE PEOPLE OF THE BETHEL C.U. CHURCH OF MO.

  3. There are so many of us who love you dearly and know that God doesn’t think you don’t deserve the grace and mercy that He’s lavishing you with during this event. You are His child and we all know how much we do for our children not because we have-to but because we want-to. You’re a BIG want-to in His eyes. A thought for the day = I don’t make you feel special, I just remind you that your are special! Love and hugs, Donna

  4. Thank you so much for keeping us updated. It is wonderful to hear of the goodness of the Lord and we find it very encouraging. You two are very special to us and you are in our prayers. Love, Jim and Elayne Campbell

  5. Dear Lois and partner Jim
    Thanks again for the update as to the progress of all that is involved. I can be said with no uncertain terms that you are a champ and reigning supremely. Isaiah has it well said: “You Lord, give true peace to those who depend on you, because they trust you.. So, trust the Lord always, because he is our Rock forever.” Have a great week end. Your friend in Christ, Pastor Phil

  6. our thoughts are with you. Hope things continue to go well under the conditions you have spoken of. What is faith? The substance of things hoped for.? God bless. Limon and Carolyn

  7. Thank you for the update Jim. I hold Lois close in thought and prayer, as well as you and the kids. God is good all of the time and I trust HIM with her care. We serve a truly loving and merciful God. Please kiss Lois on the forhead for me and pass along my love. I miss the two of you. May God continue to flood you each with HIS immeasureable blessings!!

    Jean

  8. Thanks for the updates and for your faithfulness to others even in the midst of your own storm. I love you guys. I praise the Lord for the mercy shown, the grace given and the strength provided to both of you in this adventure we call life. I pray for continued strength. I love the fact that you are always looking at the stitches of the tapestry as well the big picture the stitches make. May you hear the sound of marching in the treetops as you allow God to fight your battle. Love you all, Deb.

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