Well, we launched.
Radiation started yesterday and she did ok. Tiffany and I cried a bit, talked a lot and prayed even more. The treatments are broken up into 6 sessions, she's in the middle of session 3 right now, half way done.
They line her up, the doctor checks it out, as does a physicist, crazy huh!? He walked in the room and said, "Hi, I'm a physicist, I'm going to check out the set up for a minute." I thought to myself, by all means! I always wondered what jobs physicists could get, now I know ;)
The treatment made her nauseous for the first one and by lunch she was throwing up. After the 2nd session she was throwing up more and her jaw was painful and swollen (a known short-term side-effect. Ice, ice chips to suck on and Tylenol helped a bit. She slept ok at the hotel last night.
We will be at a friends house tonight who are out of town, that should be much more comfortable. And Tiffany will have a place to cook for Abby if she can hold down some buttered noodles.
I'm back home, had to go to the Dr. to check and make sure I didn't have any pneumonia or other contagious stuff and make sure the sinus infection is getting better. They said I'm fine, just need to take it easier and get better... we'll see how that goes but today I'm going to rest while Vicky and Tiffany take on the radiation machine effects on Abby.
Thanks again for all of your prayers.
To dear Abby -
Even though we have not met, I am a HUGE fan of yours and I think you are an absolute rock star! Our prayers and strong, loving thoughts are winging their way from NC to you. God loves you, your sisters, and your parents and grandparents. I know and believe that as surely as I live and breathe.
By the way, your great-grandmother, Stella, was one of my dearest friends. She was also my Great Aunt (Stella was the baby sister to my grandfather, Henry E. Carter, the oldest in his family.) Abby, the Carters are strong, God-loving folk - and all of us (past, present, and future) are praying for you. And, the Schreiber Family - well, my gosh, they are an AWESOME group!
We love you and will be following your progress. Stay strong!
Kathi Carter Jacobs
I'm praying, crying and praying with you.
This morning I read this in my quiet time:
I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow... the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer. - Psalm 6:6-7a, 8b
Trusting in our Good, Good Father with you!
Thank you ladies for your prayers and encouragement.
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