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Harder Family

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Update 10/22/23: Miserable

Psalm 121:1-2 “I look up to the mountains and hills, longing for God’s help. But then I realize that our true help and protection is only from the Lord, our Creator who made the heavens and the earth.”

Day 2 after chemo: The side effects of chemotherapy are just miserable. To all of you who have gone before me, you are my heroes. This is not for the faint at heart. I’m not quite at the place Wayne’s cousin described, feeling like the bottom of a kitty litter box, but I’m not feeling great either. 

Yesterday, I woke up with severe tightness in my chest, much like I experienced when they gave me my chemo. I tried some Pepcid first to see if that would help, since they gave me that at the hospital. That didn’t work, so I called the doctor and they told me to try Benadryl. She said if that didn’t help, go to the ER. Well, I waited and waited, and it didn’t get better, so off to the ER I went. Thankfully, after 2 EKGs, an X-ray, and CT scan to rule out blood clots, they gave me an anti inflammatory shot, which absolutely worked!

This morning I woke up with a sore spot in my throat, achy joints, a headache, and just overall malaise. Nothing really sounds good, except sour dough bread. I have been forcing myself to drink my nutrient rich broth I made, but it just churns my stomach. 

I did discover a delicious healing tea in my cookbook The Cancer Fighting Kitchen. I just finished making it and it made my morning. It tastes a lot like chai tea, without the tea. I think I will be drinking a lot of this tea the next few months. 

The highlights of my days are Wayne and my children. I love having Grace home with us for a week. Life keeps marching on around me and I’m doing my best to stay attentive to all of them, while allowing myself to rest too. 

The kids were all glad to have me back after my trip to the ER. 

I would appreciate lots of prayers for the next couple days as the chemo is supposed to hit the worse. Thanks for walking by our side through these terrible times. Despite all the pain and misery, we are comforted by knowing so many of you are praying for us and that God has a purpose and a plan!

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