Well, not the dramatic improvement I had hoped for. Maybe because Doug was gone from 3:30 til 9:15 last night at the cow auction. Hmmm....could be. There is such a juxtaposition between before treatment and after.
In the weeks following these treatments (after the recovery of course), so far I have felt fantastic. It's like a new lease on life. Like I used to feel at my strongest since I've been diagnosed.
Then I get the treatments. If I don't just sit and do absolutely nothing, it takes longer to feel better. And timing sucks. It seems like there are people coming out of the woodwork when I feel fantastic, but when I'm half dead, everyone is gone or busy.
My mom volunteered to come out today, but she just had Jacob on Monday, and my dad is still recovering from being in the hospital last week with pneumonia. (He is doing really well though). So I just suck it up. What choice do I have?
That's why there is SUCH a need for a type of ministry that has people available to help people in similar situations as the one I am in. The ones who fall through the cracks. The ones who make too much money for government help (which is almost everyone if you have a spouse with a job). The ones who aren't 60 who can't get "elder care."
So once again I urge you, no, I IMPLORE you....please volunteer. PLEASE find something you can do to help. Maybe it's to supply paper and pencils for schools hit by the horrible tornadoes this year.
Maybe it's donate blood or plasma. If people did not donate plasma, I could not get treatments, and would probably be dead. So don't think "that's ALL I can do." It's huge.
Call your local Red Cross, or hospital, or hospice, or someplace like Love INC. Ask what the needs are. Call your church if you go to one. Tell the pastor what you can do. Can you cook? Can you clean? For people like me, those are (80% of the time) monumental tasks.
You don't have to give someone a million dollars to be a hero. Sometimes all it takes is a card, or a phone call, a meal, or a visit.
Whatever you do for the least of these....