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A Pattern Emerges

Sunday evening, May 14, 2023

Kathy proudly informed me that since she has been driving, the average miles per gallon has gone up over three miles. I was too weak after therapy to respond—talk about hitting a man while he is down! She is such a fine woman—successful in any and every endeavor! I did indeed marry up!

A pattern has emerged now that I have had one full round of treatments (of four) and am now in Round 2. I go in early on Monday mornings to the Cancer Center at Conroe HCA. They clean up my implanted port and immediately start intravenous drugs. I receive oral drugs soon after. Something in one of the drugs causes me to get sleepy—like immediately—and I will sleep at least 3 hours. A nice couple, the husband of which is one week behind me in multiple myeloma treatments, entered the clinic this past Monday. I remember waving and thinking I would inquire as to how he was doing; however, I did not get that far. When I awoke, they were gone. 

Early in the week I am hyper. I take many oral drugs at home and they get me going—super energetic. I have great trouble sleeping, unfortunately. That is a new experience for me as I have always slept easily and well. About midweek, the high is gone and I am exhausted. For at least two days I can hardly get out of bed. Then I have about two days of normal. Then, during the weekend, fatigue sets in again. I always have labs on Friday, and this last Friday my blood decided to clot in the tubes and we had to do it all over again. I do try to walk and do some activity when fatigued—sometimes forced! Monday starts the pattern all over again. 

Who knew that prunes tasted so good—not kidding, I really like them stewed with cream. I drink hot prune juice at night. The immunomonoclonal targeted therapy I am taking causes rather severe constipation, thus prunes are my new best friends. 

Well, there you have it—my typical week in a nutshell. Kathy has informed me that we must leave 20 minutes earlier tomorrow for the Cancer Center, since she will be driving even slower in an attempt to raise the mpg. Oh, joy! The following Bible verse speaks to me in my current situation: 

“But if we have food and clothing with these we will be content. 1 Timothy 6:8”

Praise Reports: My body continues to accept the harsh drugs I am receiving. Prunes taste good to me. Side effects of treatments are still minimal in my estimation. 

Prayer Requests: A peaceful week of drugs, drugs and more drugs. To be content with our Lord’s provision. 


  1. Pat Thompson says:

    We are praying for you. You may not have good days, but the Lord is watching over you and your health care team. Hugs.Pat & Tommy

  2. Paula says:

    Continuing prayers for you.

  3. Nancy Martin says:

    I’m glad you can see the humor in all this. Prayers continue for you and Kathy. I have a husband who thinks he is gracious in illness, but he’s really not, especially to a nurse. Please be sure to tell your caregivers what you need and don’t just say “I’m fine” when you aren’t.

  4. Kendra Hallmark says:

    So glad you are tolerating it all! One of my favorite mottos is “Keep Calm and Carry On!” I know you and Kathy make a great team! Love your stories! Praying you find peace and contentment as you carry on!

  5. Lisa Litke says:

    Praying for Gods comfort and healing In Jesus Name!! I love your humor and enjoy reading the updates.

  6. Christy Lieder says:

    Always praying for you. If you need anything we are always here for you.

  7. Rita Wagner says:

    Just know your are in our thoughts and prayers for you both! Hugs and love!!

  8. Louise says:

    You’re always an inspiration! Thank you for journaling your experience so we know how to pray 🙏. Blessing on your week!

  9. Loretta Blendermann says:

    Continued prayers for you both 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  10. Lorna Weible says:

    Bless you both! What a road you have to travel. I love that you still have your sense of humor. It will take you far in this journey. Prunes are a no-go with me. Maybe ripe pears. Prayers to strengthen your body and for sleep.

  11. Linda Schaefer says:

    Continued prayers for you & Kathy as you go through your treatments. Love your positive attitude & acceptance of of all good things from God. Kathy has always been a lady I look up to.
    I know you know God has HIS plan & you are both going through it.

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  13. Susan Conklin says:

    Dear Wayne and Kathy,
    As I read this, I am in Seefeld, Austria. I look out my window, and I see the Alps, snow covered and looming strong in their great creation, despite the tumultuous history. God is good.
    Prayers for peace, strength and comfort for you as you work through each day. The same for Kathy.

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