Monday, June 30, 2014

Chemo Day!



Today started with two dear friends of Ashleigh from the Fellowship class at First Baptist Dallas meeting us at UT Southwestern to pray over Ashleigh before starting treatment.  After that it was upstairs to get signed in and off to a treatment room.  The nurses giving the drugs were awesome - especially since we haven't gotten a port yet, so they had to give it peripherally (through an IV in the arm, instead of the usual way of a catheter directly to the heart).

There is something viscerally satisfying about the bright red color of one of the chemo drugs and the huge yellow warning labels on everything - they have the look of something that should be used in a comic book to bestow super powers.  It's actually a comfort to know that the drugs are so powerful that they are heavily warning-ed and carefully controlled, even in the already carefully regimented world of medical treatments.

We met with several wonderful nurses, a physician's assistant, and dietitian who all had information for us regarding potential side-effects and the litany of support drugs Ash will take over the next few days.  I won't bore you with the details here except to say that we appreciated everyone's patience in translating medical facts into something that the engineering/data-driven framework of our brains could process.

After treatment (~3.5 hrs all told) we drive home and Ash had a nap.  Tonight we had dinner provided by a wonderful couple from First Baptist Allen (lasagna, yum!). 

God is so good - it is unheard-of in "typical" cases (if there is such a thing with regard to cancer) to be diagnosed and begin treatment inside of a week.  We are thankful for doctors, nurses, and administrators expediting every step of the process to get us to the start of chemo today.  We can rest in some measure of peace, knowing that we have started a tactical response to the disease and that as we speak drugs are working on reducing the size of Ashleigh's tumors. 

Ashleigh has been looking forward to today as the day we get to actually DO something to start the fight.  Then, on top of that comfort, the treatment itself was very easy and painless.  Does it get any better than that??



...oh yeah, free snacks :-)

15 comments:

  1. Brad, Please know that we are praying for Ashleigh and your whole family. Let us know if we can help.

    Alan

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  2. Ashleigh, beautiful and inspiring, you are in our thoughts and prayers!

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  3. Thank you so much for starting this blog! It's wonderful to know how things are going and how we can pray. The Geihsler family loves you and is praying for you!

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  4. Thank you so much for starting the blog. It is so hard to not be able to physically be there and I love that I have a place to go to get up to date information and can see pictures of how Ashleigh is doing.

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  5. Ashleigh,

    Becky and I love you and your family. Be assured that all of you will be included in our daily prayers.

    Much love....Mike and Becky Geihsler

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  6. If you ever need a chemo buddy, I'm there!

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  7. Ashleigh and Brad,

    You are a blessing to everyone around you. Our prayers are with you. With your positive energy and God's love you will be the odds.

    Best,

    Ted

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  8. Hi Ashleigh & Brad! I am friends with Sabrina Scone here in Ocala, Florida. I sent Sabrina a quick message today letting her know that she had been on my heart for the last few days and that I was praying for her - a God thing - I was just obeying what God had told me to do. I asked her if there was anything specific that she needed prayer for and she shared your story! Wow! God is amazing! I immediately put y'all on our families prayer board - so each and every day - we will commit to pray for your family. We serve a God of miracles and we will be praying for your miracle. He is sufficient for all our needs! Love in Christ

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