As you all know, I am speaking tonight at Faith Baptist Church in Madisonville. For ticket information, call Kelly Smith at 936-348-3993.
I know God has a special message for these ladies. He wants them to join in sweet fellowship with Him no matter what circumstances they find themselves in... Would you pray that each woman there would respond as Jesus sweetly woos our hearts?
And...the radiation, it's going well. Some facts for you to know are these. Monday and Wednesday were a little unnerving for me. I'll explain more later. I was determined to take the expert doc's advice and rest in the treatment. Thursday and Friday were so much better. I got switched to a new team and a new room and all is going well.
My body looks like a giant bull's eye for a nuclear bomb! It's all marked up but I did discover the red ink comes off my clothes, mostly. So that's a plus. (The blue and black ink are covered in waterproof tape... question: does your skin burn through that tape?)
I get four beams. Two long (lasting around 30 seconds) and two short (lasting around 5 seconds). One long and long short on each side of my tumor site. The tumor bed itself and my still healing incision are very tender. I can actually feel that one long beam entering my body. Every hair stands on end briefly. I think it's because it's a higher dose of radiation and the tissue is still healing.
Last night I was very itchy there. Please pray I am not starting to burn already. I've got a long way to go, 27 more rads. Plus the last five will be a very strong dose (electron beam) directly to the tumor bed. I need for my skin to hold out until then or it will hurt thankyouverymuch! Today it is not irritated at all and I am thankful for aquaphor, the weekend and a two day break.
The whole time in the hospital without Palmer takes about 30 minutes. Usually I check in and then wait which takes about 15 minutes. The time I'm called back until I'm ready to go takes about 15 minutes too. Taking Palmer to the childcare and picking him up adds about 30 minutes. So the time there is only thirty minutes to an hour but the drive takes all day! I think I've finally figured out the fastest way and if there are no accidents it should go quickly from here on out as long as I don't get distracted by Starbucks, the local Steinmart or the awesome Lifeway Bookstore in The Woodlands! (I got my free NLT Life Application Bible this week. Thank you Tyndale!!)
The only difference in my overall health I'm noticing is that I'm ready for bed at 8:00. Each night my head starts whirring at about 8:00 and I feel as if my arms and legs will fall off if I don't get in bed. Getting in bed is a challenge as some nights we don't get home from soccer until 8:00! I know God will help me work it all out and I am feeling very rested this morning. Thank you for praying me through.
I'll fill you all in a little more later but just wanted to be sure I had you praying for the ladies at Faith Baptist in Madisonville tonight and the message God has for them.