Monday, December 20, 2010

Medical Update

Last Wednesday (12/15) was Erin's third chemotherapy treatment, but her first treatment using the drug Epirubicin. This drug belongs to a class of chemotherapy drugs called anthracycline drugs (or "A-Class" drugs) which is believed to be the most powerful class of chemotherapy drugs. However, this also means that this drug's short-term and long-term side effects are more intense.

While Erin experienced a certain amount of nausea and fatigue for a couple days following her previous two chemotherapy treatments, it was significantly less severe than what she has been dealing with for the past five days. She got her treatment on Wednesday afternoon and was in bed by 6:30pm Wednesday evening. She remained in bed all day Thursday, Friday, and most of Saturday. She made some improvement Sunday, finding the energy to care for Samuel and to help get the kids dressed for church and preparing lunch. But by the late afternoon she was more than ready to go back to bed. Today she is stronger still, but is continuing to navigate the delicate balance between doing the things she wants to do and allowing herself the rest she needs to recover fully.

Please pray for Erin's continued physical recovery from this treatment, as well as for her personal endurance as she seeks to trust in God's sustaining care for her in the days, weeks, and months to come.