A Rough Day and Night
This is Debbie again. Yesterday was tough. I didn’t get too much information from Jill, but I’ll share what I know.
They installed the first Pleur-X catheter in the left side yesterday and also put a filter over a blood clot in her left hip.
This was finally finished about 5:30 last evening. When she got back to her room she found out that had rearranged everything, so she couldn’t reach her computer to send an update. She could reach the phone, so I got a text message.
I just received an e-mail that said she had a rough night – various levels of panic attacks. She starts chemo today and will have the 2nd Pleur-X installed on the right side tomorrow.
Keep in mind, before any of these procedures take place she cannot have any meds or anything to eat for at least 6 hours prior. So everything that helps control the rapid heart rate and anxiety is off limits.
There is a lot of fear of the unknown. Jill, Kim (another sister) and I were all born with the Planning and Organizing gene, so not knowing what is going to happen from day to day is a bit frustrating.
One thing I do know for sure is that God has this all in His control. I know He’s listening to all the prayers and well wishes that are sent in Jill’s direction. He may not be answering in the way we like (or as fast as we like), but there are little victories on a daily basis. Please especially pray for Jill’s anxiety to be lifted and for God to give her an overwhelming peace and a sense of His presence.
Also, Jill will be changing rooms sometime today. So if you plan to visit, you’ll have to ask at the front desk for the room number.
Thank you all again. Jill has a wonderful group of friends!
1:10pm – a quick update from Debbie.
Jill just texted to say she just received a helpful demo about her Pleurx catheter. Here’s a picture I found on the internet – of course it could look completely different. I won’t see it until this afternoon. 8:30 am tomorrow is the installation of the 2nd catheter on the right side. Also chemo will start tomorrow instead of today.