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Eight month update

I haven't posted any updates for months.  I guess "no news is good news".  Exactly one month to the day after surgery, I got my second Jackson Pratt drain pulled.  That wasn't a lot of fun because about a mile of tubing was inside me and had started sticking to my innards!  Dave was on the road, Shaun was sick and Lani had to go home, so thankfully, Barb Tinsley went with me to the appointment.  Barb is a nurse and one of the most caring people ever!  She held my hand while the tubing was pulled.  The Dr. said, "you're going to feel a bee sting".  I've never had a bee sit and sting for several long seconds, so I disagree with that description, but it was one more step toward normal and I had more freedom with it gone.   About two weeks later, I had the last drained pulled and was completely free. [...]

Home again . . . . .

Well, like Kay said, i was released from the hospital Aug 5 and at first, felt very strong.  I had spurts of energy when I felt like I could take on the world, but I started to get a little weaker each day.  I have no appetite and no feeling of thirst so it is very strange to have to force myself to eat and drink.[...]

A Brief Update

After 13 days as an inpatient at Kansas University Medical Center, Lori was discharged on Saturday, August 5th. While she's glad to be home, navigating daily life is a bit challenging without the medical equipment available to her in the hospital. I will write more detail tomorrow, but just wanted to let you know she's home and working on her recovery from this difficult and invasive surgical procedure. [...]

Friday Afternoon....

I think we're on Day 12 and Lori is still in the hospital.  While there is obvious improvement and she is feeling better, there are certain symptoms that continue to cause concern and result in additional tests and more days in the hospital.  Today, due to concerns of not feeling well, overall, she has just returned from getting an ultrasound and another CT.  This is to look for  or rule out the possibility of blood clots.  Further, due to an elevated heart rate, a cardiologist just stopped by for a visit and said they will be back in a few minutes to do an EKG.  As I write this, more blood is being drawn to do blood cultures to see if there are any infections or bacteria in her blood.  There has also been an elevated white blood cell count that is unexplained, thus far.  I just returned from Fargo, ND where I was at a client site for the week.  Meanwhile, Kaelin had taken off work and spent many long hours, including nights, at the hospital and then went home to clean house and do laundry during the day.  This has been a long spell for Lori and she is weary of the hospital.  Your notes, calls, cards and texts have been a bright spot for her, each day.  Thank you for your love and care.[...]

Pathology Report

Mom finally got news on the tumor that was sent for pathology. The tumor was 1.5 cm in size and is stage 1 cancer. It doesn't seem to have spread since all of her 22 lymph nodes came back clean, which is great news. She is being referred to the same oncologist that Shaun and Kay have gone to, but there is no treatment plan in place yet, they are just focused on getting her out of the hospital right now. [...]

My view vs other's view

Hi, this is Lori. 5 days post-op and yesterday I woke at one point thinking, "you know, I might live through this!" I am still in ICU  because Dr. Kumer tells me the rooms are nicer across the hall and no one wants to check out. Medication has my brain all fuzzy so it may not make any sense.[...]

Saturday Morning.

Hi, this is Lori. 5 days post-op and yesterday I woke at one point thinking, "you know, I might live through this!" I am still in ICU  because Dr. Kumer tells me the rooms are nicer across the hall and no one wants to check out. Medication has my brain all fuzzy so it may not make any sense.[...]

Friday Evening....

I wasn't able to get to the hospital until this evening, but Lori has had a pretty good day.  The pain pump was taken away today and now almost all medications are taken orally to prepare her for going home.  She ordered mashed potatoes for lunch and handled those well.  Hasn't eaten much else today and really doesn't have much of an appetite, yet.  Drinking lots of fluids, though.[...]

Looking For a Good Day....

The good news today is that there isn't much new to report.  That means Lori's recovery seems to be on schedule and the doctors are pleased with her progress.  The team of doctors were in about 6:00 this morning and said they would likely keep her in ICU one more day.  They want her to be up and moving around more today....increasing her clear liquids intake (broth, jello, etc.) and possibly advancing the diet late today if all goes well.[...]