It is 10:00pm and I’m about to go to bed, but I wanted to update first. Mom says there are friends and family that check this site every day, and being a computer geek myself, I know how disappointing it is not to see new updates on “favorite” websites!
Today was a slow and quiet day, exactly what Mom and I needed. Two nights ago, I stayed up until 4am, because I was having abdominal issues (Mom was with me, so she didn’t sleep either). Once I did fall asleep, I slept in until I felt energized (10am!), so I thought I was okay to go “on with life”. Well, I quickly learned that staying awake half the night is bound to catch up with a person’s body sometime…in my case sooner than later! I woke up this morning instantly knowing that I better keep my favorite blanket near me. Mom and I spent the majority of the afternoon watching movies, or in other words, catching up on sleep. While we both have tasks to accomplish, we recognize that days of rest are gifts from God, so we’re both thankful for the opportunity to sleep today. God knows our needs before we do and directs our days accordingly.
The other answer to prayer for today is my pain level. Yesterday, my Fentanyl patch “ran out”. Ever since I returned home, I’ve been wearing a pain patch that I changed every 3 days. Yesterday morning when the patch expired, I decided not to change it. I wanted to see if I could tolerate the pain without having to take such a strong narcotic. I was feeling wonderful yesterday afternoon when I visited Dr. Davenport, but she said that was not a good judge of how I would do in the future, because the dose lasts in the body for awhile. She said, “Wait and see how you feel tomorrow. Take some Lortab for breakthrough pain, as needed. If you get really bad, just return to the Fentanyl patch”. Today is almost over and I’ve not needed the Lortab or Fentanyl patch! I will take medicine if the pain gets too bad, but for now, I seem to be doing well. This is especially good news, because we lowered the steroid dose by another 10mg this week. Most of today, though, the pain has stayed between 1-3 on the 10 point pain scale….even after enjoying some delicious meals such as chicken and stuffing!
Mom and Dad spent the evening watching a movie together, so I stayed upstairs talking to friends online and emailing people. I have a goal to email everyone who has commented on this Blog. I’m so thankful for the daily prayers and words of encouragement that I want to write to you personally. Be sure to check your inboxes in the coming days, because you might get an email that is NOT spam! Wouldn’t that be a wonderful change??