Today got off to an early start. I left home around 7:30am to allow enough time to travel to Duke and get parked and make it to my 9:00 am lab appointment. They are so dang efficient in the Cancer Clinic Lab. You check in, get a pager (like the ones they give you at Outback when you’re waiting for a table) and before you have a chance to get settled in your seat good, the pager is going off to let you know you’re up next for labs! While I was standing in line to register, I got a message from my friend who just finished up her treatments about 6 months ago. She was wishing me luck and letting me know she was praying for me today! I just love those little “God-winks”! Crazy how as many folks as they have back there doing labs, I got the same guy both times I’ve been. It was a sweet but short relationship, as I told him I was here today to have my port installed, so I guess that meant we would be officially breaking up. I told him it was truly nothing personal! 🙂 He took the news about the breakup better than I expected, and he wished me all the best going forward!
We had a little time to kill before my port appointment, so we ventured over to the Belk Boutique. My friend Miranda had told me that they had some items they gave to new cancer patients. I went in and asked about it, and sure enough there was a section of the boutique with scarves, hats, bandannas, toboggans, sleep caps, blankets, bracelets – lots of awesome items that were available to me. I chose a blanket (everyone says you will need it in the infusion room), a bandanna and a awesome multicolored cap and a cool gift set! I opted to save a few of my freebies for later! Check out my swag!
Oh – and if you park in the parking deck and are there for labs, etc, you can get your parking ticket validated at the Belk Boutique also, and all day parking will only cost you $4.00. What a nice discount.
**UPDATE** My friend Barbara just advised me that you get FREE parking on chemo days. That’s fantastic! Thanks for setting me straight Barbara!
A sweet friend took me to my appointments today. She is a such a lovely person and has such a servant’s heart. She asked the volunteer at the boutique if there were items they needed for the boutique to provide to cancer patients. The volunteer shared several ideas with her and I know she will share those ideas with our friends at church and provide them with some extra supplies in no time! We learned that the volunteer helping us was a 2 year breast cancer survivor and also a Christian. She shared some of her joys and struggles and the next thing I knew, my friend was joining us all in a circle and praying for her right there in the boutique! What a wonderful way to get our day started! God keeps showing up along this pathway!
Next up was my appointment for my port placement. My chemo doctor recommended the port be put in since I was going to have 12 chemo treatments. It makes it easier on me and the hospital staff also. I won’t have to worry about bad, rolling or collapsed veins – they will be able to draw blood, deliver IV’s, chemo, contrast, etc all through my port. The procedure was pretty painless – other than the lidocaine shot to numb my neck and chest. I’m a little sore around my neck and collarbone – but that should not last too awful long. The stitches were internal and the incision is covered with surgical glue on the outside. I’m a little bruised – but nothing terrible. It feels a little weird having something like that implanted in my body – but they all assured me I would get accustomed to it being there.
So now I’m all geared up and ready for my first chemo treatment on Wednesday.
A friend sent this message today…..I loved it!
One day down, is one day closer to the end!!
It’s all about perspective!
Keep the prayers coming ya’ll!
2 Corinthians 9:8
8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.