Monday, March 07, 2011

7th March Chemo Day 14

Slow progress, but Jane is persevering on her journey towards health. I find it quite upsetting watching her suffering so much and yet there is encouragement in seeing some good improvement and real change in breathing and coughing compared with around a week ago. Nonetheless she still wakes up coughing each day apparently with fluid on her lungs and continues to suffer some chest pain particularly when moving suddenly. Minor digestive problems and threatening headaches alongside continuing fatigue add to the struggle and we are praying that this will all improve and the chemo will shrink the growths very quickly. Her hair is intact and appetite and taste buds remain good and daytimes are not too bad, although Jane seems to sleep quite a bit and almost any activity is quite difficult. It’s a shame not to be out enjoying the sunshine for more than a couple of minutes... I heard my first bee of the year this afternoon, spring must be on the way!

Life continues to be very cloistered with little external stimulus. Our window into the world is a mixture of 24 hour news channels and Christian TV. Revelation TV has many live programmes each day showing well connected interviews and commentary on world affairs with the ability to interact via e-mail. They are shortly to record an interview with Richard Dawkins which should be quite fascinating when aired. We have a steady trickle of phone calls and visitors most days and these people are life-savers! It’s wonderful how folk put themselves out to call on us carrying flowers to make sure we never run out.

But the repeated activity of the day is prayer. Very simple repeated prayers… ‘Can you pray for me Dave?’, ‘pray for the pain’, ‘pray for my stomach’, ‘pray for my cough’, ‘pray for the migraine’.

Luke 18v7,8 ‘So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly!’ (NLT)

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