transplant plus forty-three

Six weeks and counting since the stem cell transplant. The time feels like very slow progress and yet seems to slip by quickly. I expect to be back at UHill part-time in another six weeks. It will be five months since I was last with the congregation.

This past week has not seen anything momentous. I feel quite healthy. Eating well. Sleeping well. The main struggle is the frustration that comes with the ongoing feelings of fatigue. I am tired much of the time. It is very noticeable after I have a good day with some good energy. Just when it seems that I might be on the road to a stretch of days without fatigue I wake up exhausted. I guess that this is the reason that the doctors have said I am not to go back to work yet!

The good news is that I am well enough to be frustrated that I don't have the energy to be doing more. I have to keep reminding myself that it is also good news that I am on the other side of the chemo and transplant and am out of the woods when it comes to the danger of infections due to low white blood counts. Now I am wandering through the woods of fatigue, learning to patiently walk my way out into a life that looks something like normal.

As always, thanks for being there.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Ed for allowing us to share in your journey. The fatigue is telling you more is not required at this time. I am reminded of Corporate Covenant Renewal

    O Lord God, you have called us through Christ to be partakers in this gracious Covenant.
    We take upon ourselves with joy the yoke of obedience, and engage ourselves, for the sake and love of Christ to seek and do your prefect will.
    We are no longer our own, but yours.
    Put us to what you will, rank us with whom you will;
    Put us to doing, put us to suffering;
    Let us be employed for you or laid aside for you,
    Exalted for you or brought low for you;
    Let us be full, let us be empty;
    Let us have all things, let us have nothing;
    We freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.
    And now, O glorious and blessed Triune God,
    You are ours, and we are yours. So be it.
    And the covenant which we have made on earth let it be ratified in heaven.

    In particular: "Let us be employed for you or laid aside for you,"

    As with all creation you are in the hands of God and there is no better place to be.