26
Mar
15

Coumadin

Here I am in the hospital, premeds in IV, waiting for the carboplatin. Had a pleasant chat with the IV nurse who worked with me quite a bit during my visit earlier this month as she set up the IV block for this treatment. J, who was my nurse on the oncology floor last time, stopped in to say hi. While she was here, C the cardiology specialist who monitors my coumadin dose called with this week’s update.

I’ve talked with C just about every week since discharged in January. She gets the INR (a measure of the thickness of my blood) from a blood test and from that adjusts the medication dose. It’s quite a “science” to calculate the right amount of coumadin (or the generic warfarin) to get the INR between 2-3.

How this has affected me:
In one word, humbling
Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of Jehovah does man live.”

Since I have been pretty healthy, I have not gone to see a doctor much nor had many prescriptions. All this going for blood work, appointments and treatment, and daily medications is completely foreign to me and, to be honest grates a nerve! I had no use for nor needed healthcare coverage, after all, GOD was my provider! It irked me to need medicine every day. And the idea of this lasting six months to year, and possibly for the rest of my life??!!! Jamas! (look it up or ask Remy)

Was He?

Overall, yes, but…

In reality, I found I was trusting in my own strength, my state of health. THAT WILL NOT DO. Cursed is the man who trusts in the arm of flesh. This is what I read this morning:

The eternal God is (your) dwelling-place, And underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27

The eternal God will not relent until He has it all.

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