As I've mentioned my nerves have not been high while waiting for this day, but on the eve of the scan in the dark of our bedroom we both laid awake much longer than usual. My family and friends supported me as they always have with words of encouragement nestled around scriptures and written prayers. After reading these things on my phone Billy and I were hand in hand as he prayed and we drifted to sleep.
I was the first patient Tuesday morning, which ended up being good for a couple of reasons. First, I didn't have time to think about anything once I arrived, and secondly the lobby was empty. If you've sat in the lobby of an oncology office it can be both a nervous and heartbreaking experience as there are people there in all stages of their cancer journey. Some nervously waiting for their results and treatment plan and other visibly not feeling well during treatment. I find that I want to know these people's stories and I want to encourage them somehow, but everyone sits quietly thinking of their own situation. I was ushered back so quickly this day it wouldn't have mattered, except for the clear reminder to where I was.
I was so happy to find that the doctor didn't require another CT scan so I didn't have to drink that horrible slimy drink. The PET scan requires that I have an IV, which had been very difficult after chemo began. I prayed specifically that they would get it in on the first try and that it would drip. Sure enough, it hurt as they fed it into the vein, but it was done in one try and I was instantly relieved. Saline, radioactive sugars, more saline and then I sat in my recliner for 45 minutes as the fluids made their way through my body. After a required trip to the bathroom I laid down with my arms above my head for the scan. The next thing I knew a man was telling me he'd help me up and that we were all done. Prayers were answered as I was so calm I fell asleep.
The images are being sent to all my doctors and I should have a follow up appointment very soon. I will update when I know more, but for now here are some of the very encouraging words sent to me. I hope they will encourage you as well.
Is. 46 "Even in your old age and gray hairs I am He. I am He who will sustain you. I have mad you and I will carry you through. I will sustain you and I will rescue you." He is going to sustain you and carry you through to old age and gray hairs!
"May your healing hand be upon Kristi and may the results bring cheers of gladness when these tests show she is cancer free! Thank you for your goodness in the midst of the storm."
"You have a lot of love walking with you! Praying peace of mind for you soon. Praying with you to hear cancer free!"
|Waiting for radioactive fluids to move thru my body.|
"I prayed from 6:40 - 7:00 this morning that you will walk away from this free from any cancer cells and that God will use this battle in your life to help and encourage others in their walk with Him."
|"I'm wearing my purple too!!"|