Thursday, June 26, 2008

Today is the start of a long, long day, the first of two days of concentrated chemotherapy that will hopefully put the myeloma on the run.

I am now hooked up to infusers that will pump 8 hours of continuous drugs into me and I will leave here with a “tote” bag that pumps in more drugs during the night.

We will be returning to UAMS at 6:00am tomorrow to have a PET scan, then I will get back on the infusers. There may be some tweaking of the medicines based on the PET test results, but otherwise we will be here for another full day on Friday.

I am just happy to be on “offense” for a change. Once we knew that the disease had returned, it felt like I was just sitting around letting the disease tear me up inside. Now we are fighting back. Being here makes me feel better already.

Speaking of making me feel better, all the thoughtful notes and e-mails are so, so special. All of you have made such an impact on me and my entire family. We love you too !

Frank

Good morning,

Frank and I were both updating the website at the same time!

We finally able to get into the apt yesterday afternoon. We anxiously drove over and got the key out of the box.... only to find out we were given a handicap unit. No counters or drawers in either bathroom. Altered tubs. No under cabinets in the kitchen. Only the exposed pipes and garbage disposal! No storage! I needed pills ~ or something~ at that point. We've had a lot of problems with the apt rental this time and it's been frustrating. But God was good. We called and they were able to switch us to another unit in the same complex within the hour. Oh... finally!!!

Several of you have asked for the address.
Carlton
1526 Parham Point Drive
Apt 12M
Little Rock, AR 72204

More importantly, the local phone number is

501-614-3854

Frank is the only one that doesn't use roaming minutes, so we are very conservative with talking on the phone. But we can talk all we want from the apt.... so feel free to call there anytime day or night! If we're in the bed, apparently Zach can answer. Frank noticed he was still up at 3am!! :)

Please pray today that
1. this chemo will be effective and that it will be evident on tomorrow's PET scan.
2. for frank to be comfortable. he's sore from the central line placement.
3. protection over him in every way... physically, and emotionally.

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.

8 comments:

Wright & Cindy said...

Frank & Peggy,

We have our Hope Card. It is true that no matter what, there is always HOPE in our future. We will continue to pray for healing for you as well as strength for your family.

Anonymous said...

Dear Frank and Peggy, So glad you finally got settled. This is something you just did not need but you handled it with your usual grace; am afraid I would not have been a very nice person at that point. On with the battle, Frank--we shall be so anxious to hear PET scan report. Hopefully, there will be a huge decrease in those wretched cells. All is fine here. Ron has helped out at VBS all week and is exhausted. Think he may be too old to start a new family-30 tiny kids just seemed to wear him out. Take care, Kiddos. We are praying hard. Love you, Pat and Ron

Anonymous said...

We are traveling and checking on you often. Our prayers are always with you and all the family. You are ao strong and an inspiration to us. Just know we pray for you often. Keep looking up! Margaret and Sam Martin

Anonymous said...

Frank, I have my HOPE card in the I.D. section of my wallet. You should see the looks I get! The most common response is, "I didn't think that was you." To which I always reply, "No, that's not me, that's my living Bible." My family has so much respect and admiration and love for your family. We feel priviledged to be a part of your cloud of witnesses. Sheri, Bobby & those other three :)

Anonymous said...

Peggy and Frank,

All of you are in our prayers daily. We love you both and pray for God to see you through this latest trail.

Love,

Davie

Anonymous said...

I guess i'm a little slow...wht's a HOPE card from our church? Colleen :)

Anonymous said...

I have my HOPE card stuck in my keyboard at work...it's my prayer card for your family. Can't wait to see Chandler at the wedding tomorrow. Love and hugs to all of you. Jane

Amy Varner said...

Carltons - we miss you and love you so much. It is never the same in our little community without you!
Peggy - just like Mr. Frank is Cole's hero, you are mine...
"An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life." Proverbs 31:10-12.