The Kofford Family relocates to Colorado after 40 years as Californians. In December of 2007, Grandma Lorraine is diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Sadly, she passed away on Dec. 26th, 2008 after a year long courageous battle. Follow our journey as we keep Lorraine's memory alive, and as we learn to appreciate that each day we are given, is a gift to be enjoyed!

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robertson

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Chemo is on...7 days a week...watch out cancer cells!

Hello everyone! Today's update begins with the doctor's meeting this a.m. After much discussion, my mom will stay status quo with the current treatment plan, with the exception of some much stronger anti-nausea medications. She will be discharged tomorrow, and we will happily take her home! It has been a long stretch since Dec. 23rd when she was last in our home. I know she will look forward to her new chair, and sleeping in a real bed again!

The rest of the day was busy as the hospital had many things I needed to accomplish today. From a quad cane walker, to bathroom adaptations, to medical supplies, I was driving all over town trying to to locate just the right item. The doctor sent me on my way with a long list of medications to obtain, and the chemotherapy drug was impossible to find. Pharmacies don't carry it, as the price tag is $7,000 a bottle! Can you imagine? After insurance company calls, faxes, several trips to different doctor offices, etc...we found a company that can mail it here in 3 days.

The hospital staff is still taking safety precautions to not be exposed to the drug, but the oncologist persuaded her that as long as our children do not handle it, they should not suffer any effects from being exposed to it in the air, touching her belongings, etc...I will still be careful, as their bodies are still growing, but this is the best medication to prolong my mom's life, and slow down the progression of the cancer cells multiplying.

Tomorrow is a new day, and hopefully we will fall into a nice routine, and she will have energy and strength to proceed forward with the treatment plan. We have 15 stair steps she will need to navigate in our home so they are working hard on building her strength to accomplish that goal. In time, a hospital bed may be required for the main floor, but for now, we hope the new chair, a warm fire, and beautiful views of Long's Peak from the big picture windows will be a welcome change from hospital rooms!

Thanks again for thinking of us, and leaving your kind comments. Since we are on our own here in a new state, it is nice to know so many friends are only a blog comment away!

BIG thanks to the Wiley Family for the generous gift of prepared "Omaha Steaks" meals! That will be a big help for my mom and us, on days when I am flustered, and the kids have all their activities and chaperoning needs! Thank You!

3 comments:

Kim said...

Hello everyone in Longmont!
So glad to hear that Lorraine is coming home tomorrow. Just think all of those preparations today will make the being at home so special! Loved seeing the chair and the pic's of Ashlyn and Tom. I caught up on several blogs today and was sad to hear that there have been a few rough days in the mix. I pray God will make it bearable for you Lorraine! Enjoy being back with your family and we will keep reading to see how you are all doing!
With love,
Kim

sallyhulseman said...

Thank you so much for sending the news....the good and the bad. We feel so much closer with all the up to date information. I know you are going through difficult times and are so busy, but so thoughtful to take this time. We love Lorraine so much and this helps us feel closer to her. We miss her charming smile and kind words. Please know that we are keeping her, you, and your family on our prayer lists. The pictures are wonderful and so delightful. I can't wait to see Lorraine relaxing in the chair and I know she will love it. Yes, being in a home atmosphere is wonderful for the healing. May the road ahead become easier for all of you as you make the adjustments to another new situation. Take care of yourself and stay strong. We love you all. Sally H.

Beth said...

I'm so glad your mom is coming home where she can be more comfortable and with all of you all the time. We are sure thinking of you!

Beth Risdon