Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Every minute, every hour, every day.....I AM BLESSED!

Pat & I traveled to Effingham today for blood work and seeing the dr. I am still not feeling 100%....but mostly ok. I have not been sleeping well....maybe due to napping during the day some and also due to just not being able to sleep.

A couple of days ago, I started getting small bumps on my body (waist to neck mostly) and I thought I had chicken pox although I didn't have all the symptoms. The dr put me on an extra antibiotic (Bactrim) for a Staph infection (I do not have chicken pox after all). I asked several times to make sure I wasn't contagious and they assured me I was not.

Then, the blood work is finally in. It is better....much better...but not within normal range YET. I told Dr. DY I thought I was dying...he assured me I am not dying yet...I have a very angry gallbladder/infection and it has made my liver function tests come back high...WAY HIGH. Let me explain. The normal range for my alkaline phosphatase is between 34 -104. Mine crept leaps each week to 634. My AST should be between 13-39...mine jumped gradually to 235. Then there is the ALT that should be between 7-52....mine slam dunked each week raising to 559!  The ALT & AST are the ones we were most concerned with. This has all happened over a period of about 5 weeks. So...yeah, I wondered if this was "the time."   Before my numbers started creeping, they were Alk Phos 111, AST 23 and the ALT was 34. compare to their highest....they were moving in a direction I wasn't ready for....but are you ever ready for THAT to happen. Today, the numbers were Alk Phos 373, AST 57 and ALT 138. They are still high but going down a lot in one weeks time!  I return in one week to re-check as Dr. Dy is keeping a very close eye on me.

 I thought my liver was failing. I was even laying on the couch in the middle of the night because I couldn't sleep and I saw my Gram (my mom's mom) and she smiled at me and waved. I have heard people saw their loved ones (in Heaven) as they were preparing to die.....was I going there? Was this IT?
Well, I am here to tell you I am NOT going anywhere until God says it is my time....until then, I cling to, I cherish, I praise The GREAT Physician, God, for every minute, every hour, every day!! I AM BLESSED!! I am the longest living cholangiocarcinoma patient Dr. Dy has ever's not really something to brag about but I just feel in my heart, things are going to settle back down for now.

Believe me, I have thanked God for the people who pray for me, for my best friend, Debbie Weiler, that prepared a meal for Pat & I, for my sister Sarah who came and wrapped my presents with me. I praise God for my husband, Pat, as he is always there with me....right beside me~picking up groceries, fixing meals, getting scripts filled, folding laundry BUT most importantly always assuring me I was going to be ok.

No matter what matter when "IT" happens, now or in 2 years or 20 years....I praise God for this life. The here and now that I am experiencing with my family as the road starts to smooth out and the bumps in this journey start to flatten out and the dust starts to settle.....I AM BLESSED!!

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