Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011

Going for the PET scan today.  I will not get the results until Monday.  This will make for an interesting weekend;  Waiting to see about the rest of my life.  Whatever the Lord has for me I must face with a smile and praise.  Pray that I can do that.  God bless you and your house.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 26, 2011

It looks like my scan is scheduled for Thursday April 28, at 12:00 noon.  I will not see the doctor that day but will have to wait until Monday at 12:00 for that.  At least it is not too long of a wait.  Let's all pray for a good report. 
I have felt very good today and have had a fair amount of energy.  The pain is gone and I am not taking  pain medication and haven't for 5 days.  That is really a help to me to not have to take pain meds.  they take away the pain but make me feel bad otherwise.  I am eating good and have very little pain when I swallow. That is also a big step foreward for me.
I hope this is a preview of things to come.  God bless you and your house.

Friday, April 22, 2011

April 22,2011

My insurance company(Humana), has refused to approve my PET scan for Monday.  Therefore, I must wait until we can convience them that this is needed to tell if we have any cancer left in my body.  A pet scan is the only way to be sure what,if anything, is left.  The insurance company knows that and they are just flexing their muscles.  I will be in their face as soon as I can be there and give them what for. In the mean time I will have to wait longer to find out if they whipped this thing or not.  God bless you  and your house.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

April 21, 2011

Another bad day and just when I thought they were behind me.  Had one of those days when all I wanted to do was sleep.  I hurt all over and my eating was way off.  I just lade around all day and slept.  I hope that is a one day thing.  I pray that tomorrow will be better.  God bless you and your house.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April 20,2011

Up at 6:30 today after a good nights sleep.  I went out o take some things to Tammy she had forgotten and to the new Tractor Supply store.  Came home and slept another hour on the couch.  I guess I need it but this sleeping thing is taking too much time.  I am eating better and feeling better except for the tiredness.  I am tired all the time.  Have very little energy to do anything.  As if I could do anything with this constant storming around here.  It is supposed to be better for a few days now.  I hope so. 
Just mainly sitting around here waiting for the pet scan to come, on Monday at 11:30.  Nothing much to add except God bless you and your house.

Monday, April 18, 2011

April 18, 2011

If my Dad were alive today he would be 109 years old.  He was born this day in 1903.  He died in 1986 and I still miss him every day. 
We had the praise service yesterday and I came away feeling that we did what the Lord wanted us to do;  Praise and worship him.  there were not a lot of people there but those who were there were God's own.
My thanks to Jack and Gwin Tipton, Megan and Christopher Stull  and Leigh Shultz for their singing.  Jen Jinkins for her beautiful solo and  Wayneanne for helping me out in leading the songs.  The prayers that went up were,I know, a sweet smell to our Lord.  Thanks to everyone who made it possible especially Mark Murphy who did sound.
Feeling better today but still have that ole chemo hangover that will last some time more.  I'm eating pretty well except when I get in a hurry and try to take too big of bites.  If I keep it slow I can do ok. I would still like to gulp and wolf down a peck of food.
One more week until I find out what progress all this has made against my cancer.  I pray that it has had some effect.  It would be a shame to go through this and have nothing get better.
God bless you and your house.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday April 17, 2011

I will try to write a little to catch everyone up to date.  I'm feeling sick today and this is the day I plan to have the praise service at church.  I haven't felt this bad in days.  My throat seems better and eating is not as much of a problem but I am just sick at my stomach.  I have not experienced this until now. 
I hope to see everyone at the praise.  Get thee behind me satan. 
God bless you and your house.

Friday, April 15, 2011

April 15, 2011

Sorry for the long silience.  It has been an interesting couple of days.  I have had trouble eating and drinking and therefore not been able to keep  up with anything else.   I guess you could say I am doing better.  I think the problem is that I want to feel much better than I do.  I'm done with this laying around the house but my body says I am not.  I want to be able to work in the garden and cut my own grass.  I want to be able to go back to work.  I want to be able to eat what I want, when I want and not have to take small bites and small sips.  I don't always get what I want and this is one of those times.  I wont say I'm loosing faith but I am loosing patience.  By the time I get through this I will be fully cracked.  I was half cracked before I started. 

I hope all you who read this can come to the praise service at the 1st Baptist Church Sunday at 3:00 PM.  I want to sing in my chains with all who can come and all who cannot should sing were you are.  God bless you and your house.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 12, 2011

Yesterday I would not have given much hope for my pain and suffering easing up.  Today I awoke after 7 hours of unaided, sleep and was able to eat an egg, a piece of toast, bacon and a cup of tea.  I even drank the tea in gulps.  I recall telling my wife that "if I could just sleep through the night and wake up without pain killers of any kind, then I would feel that I am on the mend.  Well, does God ever do anything half way.  I did all that plus eat a full breakfast.  I have raised my hands and shouted like my great uncle Bob Kennedy.  He was my grandfather's brother. Though I never knew him I have heard stories of how he would shout to the Lord in the field while he worked.  He was not trying to impress anyone except God.
I hope this is a trend.  I have had good days before but this one feels different.  I know that a lot of good people have been praying for this and I cannot thank you enough.  Lets praise God for what he has done.

We plan on having a praise service this Sunday at 3:00 at the 1st Baptist Church in Mt Sterling.  If anything  this will be more unorganized and impromptu than the last one.  I just want anyone who wants to sing to come and sing and anyone who wants to praise or pray to come. I have a PET scan in a week and I want to praise God for healing me before then. Come if you can or praise where you are if you can't.
 If you want to sing, let me know and I will put you on the program.  God bless you and your house.

Monday, April 11, 2011

April 11, 2011

Today has been like the past 5 days.  Impossible to eat and drink and very tired.  I can't wait for the turn around day when I feel better than the day before and it continues day after day.  I look forward to the day when I can say " I am better than yesterday." 
Until that day I will just have to tough it out.  One can take more than one thinks.  The trick is not to thinks too much.  Keep busy and don't think about your problems is the best way.  Another is to concentrate on and pray for someone else and their problems.  Keep the mind occupied.  Pray for others and talk to others.  I will continue an let you know when it breaks to the good side.  God bless you and your house.

Friday, April 8, 2011

April 8,2011

I am recovering from a hard night and morning.  It has been good since about noon.  I have been able to eat and drink this afternoon and that is a good thing.  Not much, but at least I got something down.  I'd give a lot to be able to eat a full meal right now.  Biscuits, beans, taters and a nice pie for desert.  It will come.
My pastor, rick Johnson came by for a visit today and he really picked me up.  We talked about everything and by the time he left I felt much better. He even suggested I take advill as it is an anti inflammatory and I did and it worked.  Thanks Dr. Johnson.  God bless you and your house.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 7, 2011

Free at last.  I have no more radiation treatments.  My chemo ended Tuesday a week and a half ago and Now I just have to fight my way back.  On the way home today the Hawk showed himself in great glory.  Pray that I can keep my eye on the hawk and off the tumor. 
I am still feeling much pain when I try to swallow.  If I can just get liquids down me this weekend I won't have to go back to get hydrated.  That's a big if as it hurts so bad, when I swallow that it bends me over and I shout out loud.  Tammy says it's enough to scare anybody in the neighborhood off and that it makes her fear for my life.  Pray that it gets better.  God bless you and your house.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April 6, 2011

Had my treatment and follow up visit with Dr. McGary today.  Other than not being able to eat much and my heart beat being a little high, I'm supposed to br doing ok.  He says I have done remarkable.  I'd hate to see bad.  I had a rough night last night and started feeling better around 8 this morning.  Can't figure out why nights and mornings are so bad.  With chemo and radiation both, it is hard to tell which is responsible.  Or it could be the one of the many medicines I'm taking. I hope it gets better soon. 
Thanks to Sally Hodgson for taking me today.  Enoc Eubank is on deck for my final treatment in this series tomorrow.  It will save a lot of time and money not to have to go to Lexington every day.  Gas is $3.79 here and that takes it's toll. 
I did ot see a Hawk today.  Sometime you just have to have faith when you can't see.  Now is such  time. God bless you and your house.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April 5, 2011

This is the first day I have seen the light in a while.  I have felt almost human today.  I went early today so they could feed me some  IV liquid and Before I could get to my radiation treatment they called me and said the machne had broken down.  So, I came back home and before I could get back home they called me and told me to come back at 2:00 for the treatment.  I went back and just now got home.  That is what I get for having a good day.  I'm not complaining,  I'll take feeling better, along with two trips to Lexington, any day instead of feeling bad all day.
I have two more treatments and I am done.  Praise God.  God bless you and your house.

Monday, April 4, 2011

April 4. 2011

Had my Dr. visit today and she thinks I am doing ok.  She said this is the week that I hit my wall.  I think I hit it last Friday and can't seem to get past it.  I'm dehydraded again so I had to get an IV and stay for an hour and a half extra for that.  Iwill also have to stay each day this week until Thursday and get more liquieds.  My pain is about 12 on a scale of 1-10.  Dr arnold told me that I was tougher than most of her patiences.  She feels I am doing extremely well considering what I have been through.  I don't know so much about that.  I don't feel so tough right now. I have many friends praying  for me and I know I have much support.  I saw a Cooper's Hawk today but no Red Tail. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April 3,2011

It is 11:14 and the first time I have been up today.  Last night wasn't so bad but today has been pretty tiring.  Haven't been able to sit up much without getting really tired.  I ate a little and feel some better now.  I'm going to try to get outside some and enjoy this beautiful weather today.  I hope I get some answers from my appointment with Dr. Arnold tomorrow so I can not fear everytime I get a new symptom.  I am more afraid of all the pin killers and pills they have me on than I am anything else.  I feel like I'm out of it most of the time and I do not like it.  For some reason or another I feel like the drugs are making me feel spacy but it may all be part of the chemo experience.  I did not feel this way on the last round of chemo but it may be different this time.  Anybody out there know about these things?  I could use someone with experience about now. Hope to write more tomorrow.  God bless you and your house.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April 2, 2011

Woa Nellie, it has been a hard couple of days.  I started feeling better this afternoon after Tammy talked me into eating some chicken soup.  I fought it but gave in and found that I could actually eat it and afterward it made me feel better.  Mom knows best.  So far I have felt much better this afternoon and hope this is a trend.  The last two days have been an up and down ride.  I can't tell if it is the effects of the chemo or the pain meds. or both.  Whatever it is. it's something I don't want to do again.  I do know that the pain from the radiation is getting much worse and the pain medicine is not working as well. The prayers have come and that has sustained me and I will never forget those who pray.  God Bless you and your house.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1,011

I can only write a little.  It has been a hard day. Had to get two bags of saline in me this day and have been in a lot of pain.  I  guess this was my day to go down.  I feel a little better this evening but I'm a long way from feeling good.  I hope tomorrow is a better day.  I don't have treatments this weekend and I plan to rest the whole time.  Please pray that things turn around. God bless you and your house.