Pastor Health Updates
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November 29, 2017, 2:00 PM

November 29, 2017

UPDATE PRAISE: At West Clinic today for my 4th chemo session out of 6. Doc said my tumor markers over the past two weeks are down from 486 to 365, which indicates I am responding positively to treatment. Thank You, Jesus!
My immunity marks, as well as all my blood work, are still well within normal parameters. Need a little iron.
He was also encouraged by my activity level and maintained weight. 
We’re moving forward. Thanks so much for the prayers! He’s fighting my battles! NO RETREAT!


November 9, 2017, 6:00 PM

November 9, 2017

All is well these days! Chemo is a challenge, but doable. I am a third of the way through. After each session it takes me a few days to get back up to 100%, but I’m maintaining my weight and exercise program.
The last chemo treatment is December 27, if nothing else is necessary. It’s in His hands.
Thanks for all the prayers, cards, calls, texts, messages, etc. You are all a blessing to me!!
Moving forward. No retreat! (Daniel 3:17-18)

October 23, 2017, 8:00 AM

October 23, 2017

  Finally had a good night last night since starting chemo on Wed. (Pump was removed Fri.)
  Ate something a little more solid last evening to see if it would settle down my stomach’s continued reaction to the chemo. It did! Ate a smoothie also to help the sandwich go down. All went well.
  Just woke up one time last night. It seems to have helped to have something a little more solid.
  Now to make sure it goes through the pipes okay. 
  Thanks for the prayers! God is good!

Pastor Ritchie

October 20, 2017, 6:00 PM

October 20, 2017

Today at 4:00 p.m. the chemo pump came off at West Clinic. All went as well the last two days as could be expected. No ill side-effects. Occasionally, there would be pre-nauseous feelings, but none ever developed into actual nausea.

  My next chemo begins Wed., Nov. 1. Thanks so much for all your prayers and support!

Pastor Ritchie

October 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

October 18, 2017

Pet Scan results from Tuesday (yesterday) were better than expected. There’s a small spot on my liver and lung, but the cells didn’t highlight as expected, which is good. However, a high reading on the Tumor Marker Test shows a presence of cancer cells.
The scan did reveal a blood clot in the abdomen area, which has been painful and necessitated being put on blood thinner (Eliquis) and pain meds for the time being. (10/19 update - pain has subsided. No more med)
The PowerPort was inserted this morning (Wed.) and my first 3-hour chemo treatment was this afternoon at West Clinic, Germantown. I got home at 7:00 this evening. There have been no ill side effects so far.
Every other Wednesday I will receive a 3-4 hour treatment and go home with an infusion pump until the Friday afterwards when it is removed. The present plan is for 6 treatments over the next 3 months. Then another check-up will determine where we are at that point. So, 1 down, 5 to go.
Thank you for all your prayers, cards, gifts, calls, etc. You are an amazing church family! I love each one of you.

Pastor Ritchie

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