Medical Update

Today, Bonnie contributes a brief, two-week medical update below. My days are divided between caring for Bonnie and domestic duties on one hand, and on the other hand, continuing to participate in numerous facets of our overall mission and literature program. Tomorrow, I will provide a brief, two-week overview of our ongoing work for the Lord. For now, though, I give the remaining space this day to my dear wife.

Medical Update

Bonnie Receiving Chemo Covered with Shaw from India

Bonnie Receiving Chemo
Covered with Shaw from India

 Sunday January 25th, we worshipped with Rebecca at the Collierville, TN congregation. I was extremely tired during Bible class and worship. I took a nap while Rebecca fixed lunch. When it was time to leave for second service – they meet at 1:30 p.m. – I opted to stay home. Sunday evening my temperature rose to 102.5. Rebecca called the oncology office, and after a series of phone calls, an antibiotic was called in to the local Walgreens. It was decided that I had an infection from the parenthesis performed the week before.

 The following Sunday back in Winona, MS, I was again not feeling well. My abdomen had swollen and was extremely uncomfortable. First thing Monday morning, I called the oncology office and explained the swollen abdomen, pain and discomfort. It was time for another parenthesis. As soon as an appointment was scheduled, we headed 1 ½ hours south to Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS. This time 3.6 liters of fluid drained from the abdomen. I was sick most of Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday was a little better, and I spent a couple hours at the office. It is difficult to determine what caused these bouts of vomiting and inability to eat. On one hand, since it seems to occur late in the evening, it would seem as though the stomach is not properly empting. However, it also seems to be tied to the parenthesis, which is not supposed to have any side effects.

 Friday, February 6th, we met with the oncologist, and I had another chemo treatment. After explaining the stomach issues, Dr. Young decided to add another drug to my daily prescriptions. This drug is supposed to help empty the stomach faster. Time will tell if it actually works. When I asked her the prognosis of my illness, she said they are looking at remission – not a cure. She did try to reassure us that it is too early to tell much as I have not had very many chemo treatments this go-around. Also, if the drugs we are currently using do not achieve the desired results, there is another chemo drug we can try.

 With the combination of the two chemo drugs, I am experiencing major hair loss – not sure, if it is thinning or leading to a complete hair loss. Now, I need to decide if I will get it cut or just wait and see what happens.

 Our life is a rollercoaster with good days and not so good days, emotional highs and lows. I keep reminding myself of Paul’s words to the Philippians in 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” With the prayers of 1,000’s of Christians around the world I will have the strength to put one foot in front of the other and continue to serve my God to the best of my ability for as long as He allows. Thank you for the prayers, phone calls, text messages and cards on my behalf! ~ Bonnie Rushmore

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2 Comments on “Medical Update”

  1. May the Lord bless you all with continued awareness of his presence and his love.

  2. Thinking about you and praying that you have additional good days less bad. I miss seeing you and worshipping with you. Love you my sister in Christ-Dale

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