Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Update on Patty & Other Ramblings

Patty went back this morning to receive the Herceptin she wasn't able to get yesterday due to the allergic reaction. I sat with her again just in case she had a reaction to it. Thankfully, she didn't.

She did ok last night but she started having stomach cramps later in the night. This morning she was feeling ok. She also had to get a Neulasta shot today to stimulate her white blood cells to produce more than normal since the Taxotere will wipe them out. The unfortunate side effect of this is bone pain. Tonight, she says her lower back and teeth are hurting. She also feels like she is totally wiped out. Luckily, she hasn't had any nausea so far. She also says she has a weird taste in her mouth along with a strange smell as well. Hopefully it won't get any worse over the next couple of days. Her spirits seem good. Continue to pray for her.

I took Katie to her softball game tonight. It was ugly but she did well. I'm so proud of how well she has improved. She is having so much fun just being part of the team. That's just Katie. Even still, they lost 22-1. I've been there before. When I was a freshman and playing baseball for Fulton we got beat by Jefferson County 33-1. It was ugly as well.

This was the first time I had been at a little league ball game since I played. That would have to be at least 20 years ago. Not much has changed. The concrete bleachers still hurt my backside, the brothers and sisters of the kids playing are running behind the stands with a crushed paper cut playing some type of ball whether it be baseball or football. The parents are still yelling encouragement to their kids and the kids are still yelling chants. Although, the girls versions are a little different then I remember. "We don't need no Barbie dolls, we just need bats and balls" just didn't ring a bell. As Katie and I walked to the car I watch her and observe from a different perspective what I must have felt at her age.

I was reading a book tonight between innings when something I read jumped off the pages at me. The book was Blue Like Jazz by David Miller. Our pastor had used it as part of one of his recent sermons. Me, being the book junkie that I am, had to pick one up for some late night perusing. So I'm reading it and nothing earth shattering was standing out to me when all of sudden...Whomp, there it is. One of the best and true definitions of love I've ever read. At least for me. I'll paraphrase. When you don't love someone it is annoying when they tell you something to do or feel. When you do love someone you get pleasure from their pleasure. Wow, how simple of a description. As Steve Brown would say..."You think about that!"

2 comments:

michele said...

hi patty, i continue to pray for you daily..you hang in there!
scott, i know how hard this all must be for you too. my colicky baby is finally settling down a bit, so PLEASE let me know what i can do to help you all out. i love you guys...
michele

Anonymous said...

Patty,
I just wanted you to know that we are still praying everyday for you. You are so strong and amazing, you are touching many lives. Continue to keep your faith and know how loved you are. If you need anything, call !!!!

Cindi, Autumn, Cody