- Peace for Shawn and I, for Kyle and Miranda and Braden and Connor, for our parents and siblings and nieces and nephews and inner circle friends watching and hurting as we go through this
- that God would keep soft our children's hearts toward Him through all the emotions of this hard journey
- strength and stamina; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually
- that the cancer shrinks to gone, gone, gone!
- gentle side effects to this second round of chemo
- family unity, harmony, love, strength, joy, happiness
- anything else you feel God puts on your heart

Monday, May 13, 2013

Another detour

Today's blood work shows that my hemoglobin numbers are very low. Hemoglobin is what takes oxygen throughout your body. These low counts are why I am having such shortness of breath and headaches. Who'da thunk those things were related?! I'm learning lots on this journey! Yesterday my needle broke off from the syringe as I took the safety lid off... So I got to play pharmacist and transfer meds from syringe to syringe. Always a party over here!

Anyway, because my numbers were so low my oncologist has suggested a blood transfusion. If I choose not to have the transfusion then I would have to delay chemo for one week. Chemo likes to stay on schedule so I have chosen the transfusion. There is always risk, please pray for no risks and good blood for me!

I will have chemo tomorrow and then the transfusion on Wednesday. The transfusion will take 6-8 hours in hospital. I am a little curious about how my body (physical exhaustion am shortness of breath and headache) will handle taking chemo and that 18 hours pre-transfusion and the days until the fresh blood kicks in.

I'm not too worried overall, I think I'm learning to just roll with it when something comes up. But, it is another detour and it is another procedure and it will require the dreaded IV. Ugh. Having lab work twice in one day meant my good vein was accessed twice and only worked the first time. Oi. So extra pokes and digging to get blood. Blech.

Please do keep praying for us, for me, for strength, for stamina, for success, for recovery, for cured. The transfusion takes about three days to kick in... so maybe we'll be going dancing this Friday might! [wink]


  1. Praying the transfusion will give you extra energy through the next two weeks!!

    Maybe todays 'Jesus calling'...
    "These problems are not random mistakes; they are hand-tailored blessings designed for your benefit and growth...."

    Love you Kristin, you'll be on my mind all day tomorrow!

    1. I was looking for the like button random mistakes...not for those that love the Lord! Thanks for sharing that Kori. Love you girls.

  2. are one strong lioness!

  3. Praying for you dear Kristin! xoxo

  4. I couldn't help but go back to my Jesus Calling today as well to read and re-read today's encouraging words. (Thanks for posting them Kori)
    Stay strong Kristin. We will continue to pray for peace and strength as you gear up for more pokes and procedures tomorrow and Wednesday.
    Detours are not road-blocks, just scenic routes! You're doing're getting there!
    Love you!

  5. Love love love - shore it up for the full week ahead! Be sure & invite Autnie Verna for the dancin' :)

  6. Praying that all goes well for you and that the transfusion gives you strength and easier days ahead

  7. praying for you today.. strength and peace...and for your children too.

  8. Prayers for this transfusion to go safely, efficiently, and speedy, and healthy! love you to the moon & back my friend!


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