Saturday, April 29, 2006

Early bird blog ...

Did'nt sleep too well last night, but used the time to think and pray.
Chemo went well yesterday. However, I am ready to leave when it is through. It usually takes 3 hours total including blood work, seeing the Dr. and of course the waiting in between. The infusion totals about 2 hours. There are some people who have to spend 6 hours straight for infusion alone, so I am a light weight compared to them. The nurses are great and I am a thankful lightweight.
Here are the results of my blood work. My Platelet count was lower than last week but still within limits and my white count was below normal. As a result of the reduced white count, I will be receiving two shots of Neupogen next week on (Monday and Tuesday) to provoke the bone marrows natural production of this factor. This is to get ahead of the game before my next Gemzar infusion. As many of you know, the white count is directly tied to your bodies ability to fight off infections. We want to keep this number as normal as is possible. The rash has now spread to my upper chest and back and around my nose, under my ears and some around the mouth. The Dr. gave me some things to do if it gets worse. The cramping hit after midnight into the morning, but the Lord helped me get through it. Praise His name.
My parents are in town so they brought me to and from my treatment with a few stops afterwards at Sears and Wally World (WalMart) - that's a tradition. Sears has a very interesting tool section. I don't go there very often, but alot of there products are proudly stamped 'Made in U.S.A.' - go Sears!
Last night the American Cancer Society ( or 1-800-ACS-2345) held an event at the State Fairgrounds. There were all kinds of booths from various groups and organizations/churches and a ton of fun stuff for the kids with all the games, jumping things and even a Rock Wall to climb. I walked in the Survivors walk, but then I sat in the less populated temporary cafeteria the rest of the time and talked with Charles Harper. Charles heads up the "HOPE" ministry through Healing Place Church which is a ministry to those dealing with or survivors of cancer. He has had cancer himself and still takes treatments to prevent a relapse, so he's walked in the shoes personally. If you want to have some good food and let the kids play until they drop, check it out. It is going on all day Saturday April 29th. Purple is the color of the Survivors shirts.
Cancer vs. the other "C" words - "Community": When cancer strikes your home, community - family, friends, church, workplace and neighbors all can play a part in helping you win the battle. It is a blessing to know that you are not alone. There are alot of people mentioned above, who are willing to help in many different ways. Community is a good thing.

Psalm 29:2 " ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness."


Anonymous said...

Psalm 33:18
"Behold, the eye of the Lord is on George who fears Him. On George whose hope is in His mercy.
To deliver George from death, and to keep him "alive" in famine.
George's soul WAITS for the Lord; He is George's help and shield.
For George's heart shall rejoice in Him!
Because George has trusted in Your Holy Name.
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon George,
Just as he hopes in You O Lord!

I said this prayer for you today!

Be strong "child of the King", for He continues to give you endurance and purpose in your time of "suffering"!
As you draw "close" to Him, He will allow you to continue to pour on those who "need" His living water!
You "are" a STRONG, Tender-Heart Warrior for Christ!


FeatherIron said...

I love ya George! You make me cry! This stinks, Chemo stinks, Cancer stinks but man is God using all this stinky stuff to minister to everyone that reads your blog. George, your humor, your personality is all a gift from God and with this blog people get to see a real person, who loves and depends on Gods grace, walking this out. It will reach people George. God is and will get the glory. Thanks for making me cry again!

Russell said...

George, it sounds like a rash of things are going on right now in your life. Don't let it get under your skin... seriously, you will come through it all for the glory of God and your character will shine even brighter from the polishing heat of the trial. You are a blessing to us all. We pray God's mercy and strength over you as well as for Robin and the kids. If you want any additional visitors, please call me. Love you, man.

Anonymous said...

George, don't endure this by yourself! I ditto what featheron said...your blog gets to me. I feel for you in this time! You will make it, I trust the Lord and I know you do too!


Anonymous said...

"I am the rose of Sharon".
Song of Solomon 2:1

Child of God, there is no mood of thy life where Jesus fails to fit thy need; to brighten as a brilliant rose thy life. In joy or sorrow, sunshine or shadow, day or night, He blooms for thee. Behold Him, then, today, not only on the Cross for thee, not only on the Throne, but "near" thee, close beside thy path,
"The Rose of Sharon."

Interceeding for you!!!!
Daughter of the Most High.

Robin be encouraged! You bless me in worship when I have the strength not to rejoice!
Thank you! I see the awesome spirit of the Lord "pouring out of you". He is proud of your "Sacrifice of Praise".

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