Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Update on my Dad

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to update the blog. It has been a busy couple of weeks.
Dad had Chemo Cycle #5 last Tuesday. Since his last PET Scan showed that the mass was gone, the Dr. decided to stop the strongest of the chemo drugs, Adriamycin, due to his harsh side effects. She believes that this is the drug that has put him in the hospital the last 2 cycles. We are praying that his blood counts will not drop as severely this week.
His greatest challenge at this moment is the Shingles pain. He is trying a few different drugs but there has been no relief.
PLEASE PRAY for God's healing of the Shingles. This pain is exhausting and miserable.
Pray also for his strength. The cumulative effect of chemo has caused him to be extremely weak.
The Good News: We saw his cardiologist yesterday to see if the chemo drugs had damaged his heart and we learned that his heart is as strong as ever. No damage to the heart muscle. His heart is still pumping as hard as it should be. Praise God!
We were so relieved to hear this news. He was having some symptoms that caused us concern.
Dad will have his LAST Chemo treatment on Tuesday, Feb. 15.
Please continue to lift him to our Jehovah Rapha asking him to remove the shingles pain, strengthen his body, mind and spirit, protect him from chemo side effects and return his body to health.
Your prayers have meant more to us than you can know.
P.S. Thanks also to the many people who have brought food during the past few months. It has been a true gift!

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