Cancer update #10
Writing a blog post while in recovery from gerenal anesthesia may not be the wisest idea, but we'll give this a go!
This afternoon I finally underwent surgery to remove some lumps from my lymph nodes. As you may have seen on Facebook, I was due to have the operation a few weeks ago but it was cancelled late in the day - after a day of fasting and several hours gowned up. This was due to a complication with the patient in surgery before me. It was frustrating, but unfortunately nothing could have been done to change the situation. After struggling to find another date for me and the possibility of waiting until mid December, we were surprised by a phone call yesterday saying that I could be squeezed in today.
Surgery seems to have gone well, I'm still pretty drugged up, but awake and have a big bandage so we are assuming everything was done that the doctors wanted. Please be praying that the impact to my mobility would be as small as possible and that pain would be minimal, particularly given I have another week of radiotherapy to go which is painful enough itself. Also give thanks for the provision of friends to look after me and the boys, we found four different people with only a days notice to care for the boys today and have already been offered transport for next week. God is very kind and gracious.
I'll also take the opportunity to update you about radiotherapy now. After the first few weeks having next to nothing in terms of side effects, the last week has come as a bit of a shock. My skin decided it had had enough of treatment and developed blistering like you have never seen before. I'll add a picture, so don't scroll too far if that isn't your kind of thing. That has now burst, and the skin broken down further. It looks totally disgusting and is continually oozing liquid - gross. This means that it is very painful and requiring a fair amount of attention. I only have another week of treatment left to go and we are praying that there would be little further damage during this time and that it would heal quickly.
We continue to be overwhelmed by the love and support of all our friends and your well wishes and prayers. Thank you for caring for us and helping us trust in a God who is good beyond measure.
Now for the blister photo ;)