Thank you for praying for my wife, Cheryl. This has been a long and difficult week for her. 10 days ago, she contracted a staph infection, in addition to her cervical cancer, spiking her temperature to 104 degrees. This forced me to rush her to the UW Medical Center on Monday. We stayed together in her room until Thursday morning when she underwent her first brachytherapy treatment.
Thankfully, the infection is being beaten back by antibiotics and she is no longer suffering the same high temperatures or amount of pain. Her surgeon said with a drainage tube and open wound in her abdomen, it is possible the infection could return. Please pray against this possibility. Her drainage tube won’t be removed and the hole won’t be closed until her hysterectomy at the end of the year.
For those interested in medical things, brachytherapy is extremely painful. It involves placing a radioactive element at the site of the cancer. In order to do this, a hollow steel rod, two metal plates (to protect the other organs), and gauze packing are introduced through the birth canal with only conscious sedation to ease the pain. Cheryl likened it to giving birth to a steel baby. With 4 treatments remaining over the next 3 weeks, you can understand her anxiety as she looks forward to the treatments. The doctor called her a very courageous woman and reminded her that the reason these treatments are necessary is because she is fighting a deadly cancer and not something as simple as a common cold.
Thank you again for all your prayers on our behalf. Taking care of my wife is my priority now, so you’ll understand why I haven’t posted any new studies the last two weeks. But better days are coming! Cheryl’s favorite passage assures us –
Why do you say, O Jacob and speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord and my just claim is passed over by my God?” Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:27-31