Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Momma's Mutterings

Okay...I was trying to use alliteration for my "witty" title, but I don't think it gives just desserts to my mom's amazing updates. Alas, I could not think of one word that relates to updates or new happenings. If you can think of one, leave a comment at the link below this post and I'll be happy to let everyone know your idea for the magical "m" word and attribute it to your amazing mind! :)

Seriously, though, my mom sent out an update to everyone on her email list and I wanted to make sure that it got out to my circle of prayer warriors as well! You guys are amazing and I don't want to miss an opportunity to share what is going on with my mom an d her ins and outs with this battle with cancer.

Here is my mom's words from today...

Hello to all my friends and faithful prayer warriors. Thank you for keeping our family at the top of your list. As I wrote last week, the oncologist did not want to have me go through the 5th chemo treatment due to the cough and congestion so everything, including the repositioning of my port, was moved back a week.

I called the office yesterday just to give them a heads up that I felt I was worse than last Tuesday, not better. They scheduled me for a chest x-ray first thing today and then I met with the doctor immediately after. The x-rays still showed no pneumonia but when he listened to my chest he said, "Oh, there are lots of 'rice crispies' going on in there." (Meaning that he could hear the snap-crackle and pop of the congestion moving through my lungs.) He got to hear first hand the tremendous coughing which this week resulted in pulled back muscles and a burst eardrum.

I can't describe to you how very debilitating this cough is. I try to sleep on an incline so as to get better air flow but last night I kept waking every 30 minutes, not to coughing, but to the strangulation of my air pipes as they are shut off. That results in coughing so I can clear those airways and reposition the congestion. Then I sleep for another 30 minutes until it happens again. So frustrating!

I could tell the doctor was frustrated, too. He was quite adamant that I couldn't go through with the chemo treatment today. He fumbled around with his thoughts on what he might prescribe which would break up the congestion. Finally I said, "My friend Nancy told me that I should suggest Zpak. What do you think?" He jumped on it right away, saying, "Yes! That's a good idea!" So the plan of action now is to start on the ZPak and if I am even remotely better by Friday I'm to go back in and they will try the chemo treatment.

This has its advantages and disadvantages, however. The disadvantages are that I will, for the rest of my treatments, have them on a Friday. My work schedule right now has revolved around my treatments being on Tuesdays or Wednesdays so those have been my days off. Now this means all of that will have to change. The advantage, however, is that Fridays are Tom's days off during the week. He can now take on the responsibility of getting me to and from treatments. I don't know how he feels about that but I think it will be good for him to experience some of what I deal with every three weeks. So, there my friends, you have it. I guess the prayer request for this time would be that the ZPak will do the job and that by Friday I am improved enough that they can start on the next chemo treatment. Oh, and the port surgery has been postponed until I can get back to "normal".


Again, thank you for your prayers for all our family!

As a bit of an update to our post from this past Saturday, Kenny did find out that it does appear to be a problem with the insurance company and that it was human error. We don't know if we are going to be able to repair our relationship with Maia's cardiologist however. This is where we could use a miracle right now. We are praying that the Lord provide us an opportunity to rectify this situation and that Dr. Rivera's office will miraculously start accepting the payments from the insurance company and the phone calls from the vice-president of the company who is now apparently on the case.

On a good note, Kenny's work is getting new accounts this week. The Lord never ceases to amaze us and he is listening to our prayers! Thank you so very much!

Oh...I gotta post a picture of Maia in one of her new outfits she received this week as a hand-me-down! I love it so much! Thank you so much, Amy Walsh! Please tell your friend thank you as well! The clothes are adorable and she is in all her cute glory! You gotta love the hat! :)

Pardon the Drool Stain! hee hee