Saturday, November 19, 2011

His smiley face pain chart says it all

Terence's smiley face pain chart.

There's good news and not-so-good news. 

The good news is
Terence is still facing no serious chemo side effects!
Absolutley no nausea, mouth sores or hair loss.
Hopefully this trend will continue!

  The not-so-good news is
He's in a lot of pain- again. It looks like the cancer has grown (back) 
in either his urethra (he had cancer tissue surgically removed last month), 
or the cancer is growing near his kidney/bladder and blocking off a  
whole new area, stopping him from being able to empty his bladder.  We're not really sure.  
He self-cathed for the first time since his surgery and 
found out he had retained 450 cc. That's a lot of urine left in a bladder.

Not good. His pain level is about an 8/9 on his smile chart :)
His entire abdomen feels like its on fire inside.

Terence  ended up sleeping with a heating pad to try and relieve some of the pain.
Resting today.

He woke up on the quiet side. 
I know that means he's in pain.

 Today (Saturday)- he is immobile.  
Resting and on lots of morphine.

He has 3 more days until his next chemotherapy session, 
so we 'll be able to talk to his doc.  Hopefully the chemo will bring some relief (by shrinking the cancer/tumors).  What he needs to do is make it through the next three days with very little urine retention because retaining it in his bladder could cause an infection.

Our life is full of many concerns stemming from the absence of certainty and control over our future. While we can never be completely free from worry, the Bible shows us how to minimize worry and anxiety in our lives. Philippians 4:6-7 says do not worry about anything, but with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your requests known to God and then the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  

Join us in prayer?

~Sherry & Terence

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