I’m Alive…Sorta

The Good and the Badin_use
I’m on Day +2 now and it won’t be too long until I wake up on Day +3.  I’m in the thick of the side effects, although thankfully mouth sores haven’t shown up yet.  The inside of my mouth feels dry and like it’s been burnt a bit.  That’s the dead cells that are coming off.  Hopefully some new cells can take their place soon so we avoid the sores altogether.

My main issues continue to be nausea, fatigue and diarrhea.  Lots and lots of diarrhea.  We’ve been letting it takes it’s course so far.  I was recently tested for C diff which is  bacteria in your gut.  It’s normally there in low numbers, but with all the antibiotics I’ve received that can throw the balance off and the C diff can get out of control.  If I acquire c diff, then we keep the back side firehose flowing.  The idea being we want to clear the c diff out with all the fluid movement.  Thankfully I am negative for c diff so I did start getting some Imodium today.  No noticeable impact yet, but I’m hopeful.  I’ve gone through quite a few rolls of toilet paper and wipes the past few days.

My Hat
Of course the hospital is all about measuring what goes into you and what comes out of you.  That includes the diarrhea.  So I have a nice little plastic had in my toilet that I sit over when I have to go.  The staff says it doesn’t bother them to empty it, but I feel a little bad when I push the call light and tell them I have stool to be measure.  Oh well, guess it goes with the territory.

Keep on Keeping On
So for now the plan is to keep doing what I’m doing.  Try to eat 3 meals.  Try to drink fluids.  Try to walk in the hallway.  Try to control the nausea.  Sleep when I need to.  It’s a little easier knowing this is temporary, but the problem is we don’t know how temporary it is.  Still, it’s nice to see each day go by and know I’ve made it to a new + day.  Here’s to getting to Day +3.

And the Powerball Is:
10/17/15 (Day +1): WBC 0.2, Hemoglobin 12, Platelets 57
10/18/15 (Day +2): WBC 0.3, Hemoglobin 12.2, Platelets 43

A Duck Dynasty Prayer
Dear God, thank you for getting me this far.  Thank you for holding me throughout these days.  Thank you that my body will get better.  Thank you for another day.

13 thoughts on “I’m Alive…Sorta

  1. Oh friend. I so hope they get your insides under control. That’s a rough side effect but I’m very glad your mouth is doing ok. Praying for your strength❤️

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  2. Oh, my sweet cousin. What will end my day so delightfully when you are healed? I love your posts and I love you more than words can express. You and your family are in my daily prayers. I am so grateful (almost ashamed for enjoying it so much?) for your daily posts. What an inspiration you are.

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  3. I’ve been praying so hard for the mouth sores to stay away that I guess I neglected to pray for other orifices that could have soreness or problems😕. I’m thankful you are heavily favor honesty over shyness in your posts. We are all in your corner, Rob, and will continue to pray you through these side effects.
    On a happy note, we had so much fun with your kids this weekend! They were the cutest little fans cheering Braden and I on at the finish line😀. I think I have convinced Tucker to do a race at Purdue because he REALLY wants a choo choo train medal. Both girls said they think they could run very fast in the short race (5k) and Sydney specifically wanted to know why Aunt Chelle “was just running medium” while “Braden was running really fast”. LOL!

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  4. Kevin and I pray for you morning and night as well. Even my 15 month old prays with me (he just doesn’t know exactly what for yet). 😉
    Your outlook is inspiring and I’m so glad you are able to joke and still keep us updated! Hugs Rob!!!

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  5. Stay strong Rob!!!! Jim had diarrhra so bad…..the Drs said in their 30 years they had never seen anything like it!!! Make sure you take good care of that bum!! We are sending up extra prayers for you tonight!!

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  6. So good to hear the mouth sores have not shown up. As day three rises I pray the intestinal irritation begins to abate. You are an awesome warrior against the big C. You will conquer! Love to you and your wonderful family. This morning we heard Max Lucado speak while we were in the Dallas area. He preached on Joshua in the battle of Jericho. The big C is your Jericho and as God destroyed Jericho for Joshua and his people God will do the same for you. One day at a time.

    Blessings and peace

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  7. Oh, Rob. I know guys don’t usually say this to each other. But I wish I could give you a hug. Do what you have to do to get through the day. Let your mind escape into the future, where better times await, and look to the past to see how very much of this is behind you. Look into your heart to realize that no one gets through this sort of thing with faith unless God is pouring His grace into you. Look to how your family and friends want a better life for you, and let that help you pick up your feet for the next step. Then realize that when you’re healthy again all these gifts will still be yours. and that it takes an awful lot to overcome (you) a person who is strong in God, in others and in themselves.

    2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever. So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (NLT)

    Love, Uncle Claude

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  8. Oh gosh Rob know all too well how the diarrhea can wear you down physically. But your spiritual strength will carry you thru until the meds kick in. Forgot to tell you I think I own part of the company that makes Imodium or I should after all I bought last year.
    Listen to your body and do make sure you rest when you need to. Your body is fighting many battles right now but you will overcome these.

    Keep your spirits up and maintain that positive attitude.

    Love and hugs,and many prayers coming your way.

    Aunt Liz

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  9. As I read this post and comments, it is day +3! So many have written just the right words to comment because we are all praying for the same — minimal side effects, peaceful days, and positive thoughts, all of which we know your mind is working towards, as well, through prayer and strength! You are moving forward! We are all grateful that you were able to post, so that we are aware of each step. Thank you! We love you and are with you!!! Mom

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  10. Dear Rob,
    Hallejuah you are on the last leg of this race and almost to the finish line.

    So sorry, you are, in runner’s lingo “feeling the burn” on your bottom. A little or a lot of vaseline
    will do wonders on that area!

    Your remind me of the Apostle Paul. Jesus told him : “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul then goes on to say , “Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, (All those wonderful posts you have made from day one) so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, ( or boy do you know about hardships!) , in persecutions, in difficulties. ( you could write a book!, literally) For when I am weak, I am strong.

    I remember the phrase (Rob Strong!) from the very beginning.
    A strong witness for Christ, through it all, His light has shined through you!
    Three cheers for the power of the Holy Spirit ! Available to all who ask in Jesus’ name.
    Bless you, you outstanding, young man.

    You may go use the bathroom now.

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  11. Rob, I continue to be amazed with your openness, honestly, sense of humor, and positive attitude. I wonder if years down the road people will still be asking you about Winky and his buddies. Hope day three goes well and that each day gets better and better.

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