Friday, July 24, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust (boom, boom)

I had to choose this title this time. This song was playing in Jenny's and my head as we left the cancer center this week. Round #2 is now done. Thanks to all of you for praying. God was definitely with me this week.

The accessing of my port was relatively painless thanks to some awesome Lidocaine and nurse Barb. There were also no nasty allergic reactions to the medicine this time. We arrived at 10:30 and was out by 2:30, much better than the 7 hour stay the first time. They added to my pre-meds to combat any reactions which included quite a dose of benedryl so that made my head feel really weird and I just wanted to sleep. However, just like when I'm on a plane with lots of people around me, I couldn't sleep during chemo either. I really wanted to, but too much going on around me kept my eyes coming open. Jenn brought a book to read this time and Dave kept busy reading papers and working on his Treo.

The after affects aren't quite as bad this time either. So far the nausea has been minimal, and the fatigue doesn't seem to be as energy zapping as it was the last time. I feel more sleepy rather than drained this time...if that makes any sense. Either way, I'll take it over the first go round.

Jenn threw me a scarf party the Saturday before my chemo session, so that helped to alleviate the fear and anxiety I had been feeling toward my next round. Many ladies showed up and a few sent gifts who couldn't physically attend. We all had a really good time. If you facebook, you can see all the pictures posted there. I will try to post more on my other blog, The Howell Blessings.

Again, I cannot say thank you enough for all the prayers I know you are praying. I do feel them and appreciate them mightly.

I will leave you with a scripture that one of the ladies from the Pink Chain Gang sent me. Psalms 103:17-18 (CEV) The Lord is always kind to those who worship Him. And He keeps His promises to their decendants who faithfully obey Him. Thank you all for obeying Him.

Love, Mindy

Connie (a breast cancer survivor) and me at my Scarf Party


  1. Mindy, you've been on my mind SO much the last couple of weeks. Somehow I missed your last update! Praise God this last round was better than your last. 2 down! Hoorah! I will be praying that each round will be easier and easier.

    God bless you, my friend. You are in my thoughts so often.


  2. Mindy, So glad you posted about your last round of chemo. I've been wondering how it went. Praise God, it went well! We all so hope your "chain" brings you comfort each day. Although we put it together randomly, I have faith God will give you the scriptures on the days that you need them most.
    Love Ya!

  3. Hey Mindy, glad to hear this round was better than the last one. I'm thinking about you and praying for you.

  4. Dear Mindy,
    I'm SO happy this round was better than the last. 2 down!! Hope they each get better than the one before. I am thinking about you and praying for you every day. Love you! Linda (Babs)

  5. You have been in my daily prayers and am very glad this second round wasn't anything like the first. You have always been a fighter and you will win this fight as well. I love your huge smile in the picture. Thanks for posting it!
    Love, me

  6. Hi Mindy, Missing you today and wishing you were with us. Sharon