It is one week since my second chemo treatment. I am feeling well.
One thing I really did not know about before, was how susceptible (to infection/illness) a cancer patient is right around one week after each treatment. This is when the immune system (White blood count) plummets, leaving you with the immunity of a small baby!
Even when you still feel good....Unlike when the red blood cells and platelets drop, there are seldom any symptoms when the white blood cells drop...unless you end up with an infection or fever known as (Neutropenic fever) which is what I had last time.
The shot I received this time will not prevent the counts from dropping...But it will help them to come back up faster...This does take a few days though.
So....This past weekend...
I had to decline a visit from the grandkids since they have been sick recently...I told my daughter that since they have pretty much been sick with one thing after another, It is best to not plan a visit until the end of cold and flu season.
It has been such a terrible winter for the flu and other illness. The hospital (where I ended up spending most of the week following the first treatment) had signs at the entrance telling people that if they had been recently exposed to the flu or other illness, or had symptoms...not to enter!
So....I am having a little vacation (stay-cation?) On a very pleasant island this week...Thankfully I am not alone, and it is not a deserted island!
I sent the other island inhabitant off alone last Friday evening to get some supplies for the two of us this week...And today he had to venture off to work...So, I am alone once again with the two dogs...I have not ventured out beyond a pleasant drive on Saturday...in which I never left the safety of the van.
I will stay here sequestered amongst the many things that I have to occupy my time, and fill the hours taking in all the Lord has for me in His Word... Here is a little gem I uncovered just this morning:
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
'Captivating, Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul'...
God has sent me on a mission.
I have some great news for you.
God has sent me to restore and release something.
And that something is you.
I am here to give you back your heart and set you free.
I am furious with the Enemy who did this to you, and will fight against him.
Let me comfort you.
For, dear one, I will bestow beauty upon you
where you have known only devastation.