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Chemo Pills – #14

Today I started my chemo pills and radiation. Day 1, 42 days to go. I had toast and rice for breakfast at 6:00 am. I took my 3 chemo pills at 6:30 am. May God give me favor. My radiation treatment is scheduled for 9:00 am. My radiation treatment was on the Southside of Oklahoma City, OK, so it only took me an hour to get to the hospital.  My plans were to go into work after my radiation treatment. We will see how the day goes. “Lord I truly turn everything over to you; I’m leaning and depending on you. I pray that you have gone ahead and placed every nurse, every tech, every doctor in the right position. I pray that all the machines are working properly. I want man to see Jesus in me as I go through this journey. Help me not to throw-up. I don’t want to use this nausea medicine that has been prescribed for me. Bless and keep me, in Jesus’ name Amen.” I made it to the doctor’s office at 8:45 am for my 9:00 am appointment. I had to stop and use the restroom. The drive to the doctor’s office was long and lonely. I felt as if my tongue was starting to swell up. I have driven on that stretch of highway for over 26 years and I don’t ever recall there not being a place to pull over for help. Even when you get to Norman there is not anything close to run to if you are chocking on your tongue. It was before 9:00 am, so most of the businesses were not open anyway. I started singing the song, “LORD, LORD, LORD, LORD you sho’ been good to me. LORD, LORD, LORD, LORD you sho’ been good to me, well you saved my soul for sin and shame.” Then I turned to a scripture my sister-in-law had sent me that morning. Isaiah 41:10, Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismay; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. The word of God comforted me. I read this verse over and over again. Yes, I was reading and driving. When I have made it to the facility, I felt more relaxed. I believe it was because I was surrounded by people. My tongue does not feel as thick. I will just be aware of any change to my body. I take my next pills at 6:30 pm, hopefully, I will be home. I made it through the day, I was able to go to work after the radiation treatment and work until 5:00 pm. My plans were to be home by 6:30 pm and take my chemo pills. Well, the five o’clock traffic is a little different than leaving work a 7:00 pm. I ate something in my car at 6:00 pm so I could have something on my stomach to take my chemo pills. I was around Purcell, approximately 35 minutes from home. I didn’t have any nausea on the first day. PRAISE GOD!! I ate saltine crackers, apple sauce, ginger cookies and sipped ginger ale all day.

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