Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Marty had his first dose of chemo last night, he actually got 3 different kinds of chemo.  This round of chemo is going to last for 5 days.  He is feeling fine so far.  Been running the diffuser constantly in his room, using a variety of essential oils.  Last night we ran it with Ginger, Peppermint, Patchouli, and Lavender to help with any nausea he might have and assist him in sleeping.  He started his chemo last night at 8 pm and it ran all night with the last of the 3 kinds of chemo being administered at 3 am.  It was a LONG night!

I've had him on doTERRA's Life Long Vitality and DDR supplements through it all and I really think they are what have kept him feeling well through the chemo.  This time around I am adding doTERRA's PB Assist+ to assist him in building back up the good flora in his gut after the chemo.  He will start taking that after the chemo is over.  Giving it to him during chemo, makes no sense since the chemo is killing all the bacteria in his body--good and bad.  I also have him applying Frankincense and Lemongrass to his feet several times per day, because research show that Frankincense is great at fighting cancer and my research into using essential oils for leukemia also said to use Lemongrass for leukemia.

Marty and I giggle every time a new nurse or doctor comes in because they all comment on how nice the room smells and how neat the diffuser is.  I've been asked for my business card multiple times and have even given away a few samples.

Well on to Marty's counts for today:
  • white blood cell - 1.0, up from 0.8 yesterday (normal is 4.0-11.0)
  • hemoglobin - 8.9, up from 8.7 yesterday (normal is 14.0-18.0)
  • platelets - 8,000,. up from 7,000 yesterday (normal is 140,000- 440,000)
I am so pleased to see all his levels were up today!  Of course they will go down as the chemo progresses...but baby steps!

Yesterday we got a huge blessing!  Some friends are going to get together and get a lot of the house repair done from the fire.  Not everything will be completed, but they are aiming to get it liveable for us, so we can move back in after he is released from MD Anderson, instead of having to continue living in my parent's 19 foot RV.  God is SOOOO good and we have been extremely blessed by the friends He has brought into our life!  Our hearts are full!  Time and time again, He has proven to us that if we put our trust in Him in all things, He will provide for our needs. 

We will continue to live here in Houston, for at least another 30 days.  After that, we are hoping to be able to go home, but it will depend on how his bone marrow biopsies look after this round of treatment.  They generally do those on the 21st and 28th days.  So, 5 days of chemo, and then another 25 or so days of daily outpatient labs and transfusions.  Please pray that this round sets him into remission!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for keeping us updated. I'm so glad you are getting to use oils out in the open so to speak. I'm so glad you have everything of them there.