07 August 2015

Setback? I don't need no stinkin setback

Day 3 waking up in the hospital.
It was a rough night. 
For some reason I developed a fever (102). I then ate a cup of ice and promptly fell asleep.
I slept through:
- a bedside X-ray 
- two blood draws for a smear comparison
- blood pressure checks
- temperature checks
- an entire bag of IV antiobotic
- sweating, lots of sweating (yuck)
I awoke to Mike asking,
"Is this 'setback' going to delay Patti's treatment?"
He got a chuckle and a resounding, "No."
Chemo begins today.  

I had a beautiful day yesterday ... Right up until 15 minutes after this picture was taken. 

And the Calvary arrives today - my brother and his wife.  When my First Mike was diagnosed and things were looking bad, my brother and his wife moved up from Atlanta to help. So, it's good, and bad that they are coming. 
I need your prayers, please. My kids are terrified. Mike is terrified. I am terrified. 
So, today, I will leave you with this ...
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.


  1. Patti - YOU'VE GOT THIS. And when you don't, we are right here to hold you up.

    Exodus 17:12
    When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up--one on one side, one on the other--so that his hands remained steady till sunset.

  2. Been praying for you and your family. You are breaking my heart. Hang in there. Whenever I have had scary procedures and surgeries I repeat over and over to myself:
    "Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxioulsy look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10.

  3. My first prayer today was for you. You inspire and uplift me when you add little tidbits at the end of your blog.
    You ARE right: you ARE braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.
    Thank you for making me cry tears of joy with your strengthening messages. Be blessed. God is good all the time!

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  5. Think of you everyday. Stay strong sister you got this.

  6. Thinking about you every day. Stay strong sister you got this. Positive thoughts and vibes all the way. Lynne

  7. Thinking about you every day. Stay strong sister you got this. Positive thoughts and vibes all the way. Lynne

  8. Be strong and courageous.

    Let not your heart be weary.

    Trust not on your own understanding.

    God's got this!

    I am praying for you Patti. Praying for your husband and children too. I am so, so sorry for all the pain you have already been through and are going through. I pray that God will hold you all very tight.

    Love from a sister in Christ,

    Melody, Carl and Carla Long

  9. Remember those words in the coming days when things get hard...breathe and take things one second, one minute and one hour at a time...don't think ahead and let your mind take to the "what ifs" - don't worry about the what ifs until they occur and even then try and leave the worrying to the Drs. - if they are not worried, then don't be...there will be lots of tests and poking and proding...get through it the best way you know how...and remember this above all The statistics that the Drs. spout about so freely are based on those who went before you - they are not YOU and your situation will be totally different than someone else's...KNOW that there is no reason to believe that you cannot make it through this just fine...YOU ARE A STATISTIC OF ONE!!!

    Cheryl Thornton SCT Jan 2011

    1. Exactly the words I needed, Cheryl. You rock.