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!