It has been a few days since I have updated the blog. What started out as a really promising few days following my last treatment turned into a week of feeling pretty lousy. I just have not been able to “get over the hump,” so to speak!
At some point late Saturday afternoon, I realized the only thing I’d had to drink all day was a few sips of water to take medicine with, and likewise, I had not had very many fluids Thursday and Friday either. Not good!!
I have continually had trouble finding something to drink that I could stomach. I have tried everything from water to tea to Sprite to Gatorade to slushies to Mocha Frappes to grape juice to orange juice and even to the aforementioned green wedding punch!!!
Everything tastes very, very bitter to me and/or makes me nauseated. Honestly, makes me feel kind of sick to write them out right now! Orange juice has been my staple, but this week I’ve even struggled with keeping it down.
Late yesterday afternoon, when I realized I was parched, I FINALLY was able to drink a decent quantity of water and not feel very sick doing so. Last night as I was in bed, unable to sleep, as usual, it crossed my mind to ask my blog readers to specifically pray for this for me.
For those looking for specific prayer request, would you pray that I can drink enough to stay hydrated and flush this chemo out of my body!! I know from past experience how weak I am when I get dehydrated and I’d like to not add that ailment to the other chemo inflicted ones.
So anyway, as I was thinking about how thirsty I am, my mind started wandering and I recalled that my medical oncologist told me before my first treatment about the importance of flushing these chemotherapy drugs out of my body as best I could. She proceeded to tell me that the primary drug that is being administered to me has been nicknamed “the red devil,” as it wreaks havoc on the body and turns urine and even tears RED when it is in your system. I don’t even like the the THOUGHT of having the devil in me, but I know that Satan is constantly at work, and I have noticed what seems like an unusual amount of spiritual warfare surrounding myself and my family lately.
It occurred to me that just as I have not thirsted enough for liquids to quench my physical thirst, I have not thirsted adequately for God’s scripture, for His word in my heart. I’m kind of dehydrated in that way these days, too.
I have always heard of people “battling” cancer…makes a little more sense now!
I will have to put on my gear tomorrow:
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, [fn3] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. — Ephesians 6:10-13
Thank you for your continued prayers and fasting. I appreciate them so much. I’ll be back tomorrow to let you know how my weekend went, and possibly to share a REALLY BIG answered prayer that I’ve been saving to write about when I feel good! 🙂
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. — Matthew 5:6