The Latest on Mom

November 9, 2005

Mom has had her ups and downs since her chemo treatment on October 21st. The chemo hit her really hard the first few days and then she began to feel better. She is easily tired, but tries to get out and enjoy life, friends and this gorgeous weather we have been having.

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Here’s a picture of Mom and Dad at a local Mexican restaurant. We went there last Friday. Doesn’t she look well!

Tonight she came over to my house to watch the kids with my Dad while I went to court. She was wearing a bandana because her hair is starting to come out. I know that it is discouraging to pull on your hair and tufts to come out. She said she may have me come over and cut her hair off tomorrow. Pray for us!

Next Tuesday she will have a surgical procedure done to put in her Port – Catheter. This is a device that is put into her chest that sits up against her ribs. It is a catheter that they can give her chemo in, take blood from and is much easier than using her veins. Chemo is very hard on the veins, so this will keep her from messing with IV’s every time she has blood drawn or chemo given.

Then Wednesday she will have her next treatment of chemo. They will also do a blood draw to check to see how the chemo is affecting her cancer. I am not sure how long that takes to get results. I will let you know.

Also, her bladder thing is still there. She found out that it is not uncommon for women on chemo to have bladder infections. So she gave a sample and they will be testing it to find out if it is a normal infection for a chemo patient or if it’s something else. If it is, they will refer her to an oncologist.

So to pray. . .
Pray for the Lord to be the lifter of her head, her healer, her strength.
Pray for the bladder thing to be normal.
Pray for the port-cath procedure Tuesday
Pray for the chemo treatment Wednesday.
Pray for GOOD results from the blood work – that it is having an affect on the cancer!

Psalm 118:17
I shall NOT die, but LIVE to declare the glory of the LORD!!

Karen

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5 responses to The Latest on Mom

  1. Kevin, thanks for writing. Did your Dad tell you that I have run into him at the Brass? We’ve talked a few times now.

    Glad you and Crystal are doing so good! I never have met her; I’ll have to do that sometime soon.

  2. Judy and Karen,
    Good to hear things are going well and treatment is progressing. It’s been a few things since I have been able to check your website, life has been a blur the last few weeks… wait a minute, it’s been a whole month now, wow, quite a blur of activity. It sounds like you all have been very busy as well.
    Crystal and I have been married 16 months as of Nov 1st. Crystal finished coaching freshman volleyball at Center HS in Oct. Crystal is taking classes on Wednesday nights for her Master’s degree. So she is glad volleyball is over, so she has a little more free time.
    As Karen may already know, the MCPL library system is celebrating its 40th anniversary in November. Each branch will have a open house thru the first few weeks of the month. Red Bridge had its open house Nov 3rd.
    The week before, I was at the Hyatt in the Crown Center area for the statewide Missouri Library Association annual conference. The week before Crystal and I went to Las Vegas for a 3 day, 2 night mini vacation. Las Vegas was different than I expected, we want to go back and get out of town into the mountains, see Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, etc kinda of stuff.
    Sorry, if I rambled a bit, just to let you know, praying for you!

    Love in Christ,
    Kevin Zeller

  3. Merline and Dopey December 1, 2005 at 9:58 pm

    Not sure if I am doing this right or not but wanted to let you know some people out there may not know all the new words but if they have dealt with anyone that has cancer,we understand all the procedures your mom is going through. Until something like this happens to you or a loved one,it is really hard to imagine how to deal with this but we have to take it one day at a time and hope for the best everytime he or she has to take tests to see how they are doing. Tell your dad hello for us and let me know if you get this.
    Love & prayers,
    Aunt Merline & Uncle Dopey

  4. Thanks so much for posting!! It’s so great to have family all across the country check in on our family. We are blessed to have you all.

    I know that you have been through a lot with Uncle Dopey’s cancer and I am so glad to hear that he is doing well!!! Thanks for all the encouragement.

    By the way. . .all you readers. . .my Uncle’s nickname is “Dopey”. It was given to him shortly after Snow White came out. He was in the bath and ate some soap and was blowing bubbles just like Dopey in the movie and it stuck. (or so the story has been told to me). I remember one year we got a Christmas card from Uncle Howard. I didn’t know who that was. I never knew for the longest time that Dopey had another name!

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