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Posted 2018-08-05T19:19:08Z

Another one bites the dust....

If you don't know, I bit the dust a few weeks ago and ended up finding myself in the hospital for 4 days.  After a very fun 4th of July and amazingly fun birthday....I just couldn't get hydrated enough to keep going. I had more side effects than normal that round of chemo and needed to be hospitalized to get fluids, potassium, and lots of IV nausea drugs.  Seeing things from the patient side while hospitalized sure makes being a nurse a totally different experience.  Let me just say...I appreciate hourly rounding during the day--not so much at  night, food in the hospital is HORRIBLE (can they not get real JELLO, not a off brand), and nurses who have no personality really blow.  For the most part I had great care, but it really makes me as a nurse think about how I interact with patients and what I can bring to their experience...so I guess I'm getting something from this entire debacle.

I moved pretty slow the week after, but it has been three weeks since then and I'm feeling pretty good. This past week Matt and I went back to the breast surgeon for mid way scans and discussion re:surgery.  The good news: my two breast masses on the left side have shrunk to the point of not visible.  Yeah!  The lymph node is back to a normal size.  ALL good THINGS!  The bad news: This doesn't really change anything. I still need three more rounds of the yucky chemo, although it is helpful to know that it is working.  My heart and soul needed to know this to keep going because after this last round I was struggling.  I'll still need surgery, although, I'm lucky that I will only need a lumpectomy and some work done on my axillary (armpit) lymph nodes (although this isn't a clear path to know whether this will be just one or multiple lymph nodes--this will be determined during surgery).  I still need 6 weeks of radiation and I still need one more chemo drug every 3 weeks until next April/May. At this point, surgery will be scheduled sometime the last week of October with chemo and radiation to quickly follow.

This week marks the last week of Summer for our family.  So we are busy celebrating last minute things especially while I am feeling good! Birthdays, Carnivals, Pool, Family Game Night, Camping with Grandparents, Date Nights, Peanut Butter Pie, and time with family and friends keep us going and I'm hoping before long this will all be over!  Next round of chemo....I'm coming for you....hoping the decrease in dose will keep me out of the hospital...Wednesday, August 8th....here I come!

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Comments (7)

  • Travis Johnson
    Travis Johnson

    Have been thinking and praying for you Kim! Keep up that great attitude!

    one year ago · Reply
  • lois e korn
    lois e korn

    Loving you Kim. The good news is awesome, the bad news, well, you are beating this monster and you are truly a very remarkable woman. I think of you very day and pray for you. I really learned a lot from your last post. Enjoy the good days.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Julie savage
    Julie savage

    Thank you for sharing your journey Kim. Tough times for you that I can’t even imagine. I think of you often and I’m praying for better times ahead. 💗

    one year ago · Reply
  • Paul Kennedy
    Paul Kennedy

    Great news that the chemo is working! Hoping the worst of the side effects are behind you. Appreciate the updates. Keep up the good fight!!!

    one year ago · Reply
  • Janet Pruitt
    Janet Pruitt

    Nothing but love down here.... the fight is real, and we are all behind you. ❤️

    one year ago · Reply
  • Dennis & Sheryl Dykema
    Dennis & Sheryl Dykema

    Hi Kim, been thinking about you, and hope this last treatment didn't beat you up, I don't know if I know anyone with your positive attitude, and I think that is so important. you are my thoughts and prayers. Bless you. Rosie

    one year ago · Reply
  • Marileca
    Marileca

    Hi Kim, Well its been a few weeks since your last treatment. I hope no post is a sign of good news for you. I think about you so often. I miss seeing you and bending our ears to chat. Take care my friend. Love Marileca

    one year ago · Reply