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

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Saturday at home!

We are home and so happy to not have to see the hospital today! My mom was stuck in a hospital bed or chair for 20 days, and today she is a free woman! Hooray! We have two days off from having to visit the hospital, so that will be a nice change of pace. On Monday, we will go back to the hospital for daily radiation treatments, and will return for weekly appointments with the oncologist, and 2-3 X a week appointments with various speech, physical, and occupational therapists. Of course you can't see each on the same day, so we will need to go back 2-3 X a week for each one! My car will have the route memorized. We won't complain though, as the hospital is only 10 min. from our home, so it is very convenient.

I am embarrassed to admit it, but with all the new developments here, we had not put our Christmas decorations away yet! Our entire formal living and dining rooms, where full of decor. Today, Tom got everything all nicely boxed, and the house is once again back to "normal." What a relief!

Last night we met two lovely Longmont ladies, and this mother/daughter duo prepared a delicious meal for us! I had been on the phone all afternoon, (literally!) with insurance companies, pharmacies, doctor's offices, their knock on the door was such a welcome sight! Thanks for such a nice visit Kathy and Sarah, and for the awesome meal! Your kindness will not be forgotten! Big thanks to the Christie Family who also generously sent us two Omaha Steaks meals! We will be covered on weekends with delicious meals now too! Thank you all for such generous gifts of heartwarming meals!

I am still navigating the medication schedule, but it will all fall into a routine I am sure. There are 11 different medications my mom needs to take and they are administered at these times...6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., dinner, and bedtime. Each one has a different instruction in regards to being taken with food or not. I bought a big pill organizer so I can make sure I don't get mixed up on when my mom needs each one. We joked that between the insurance companies, and the medications, I have a new full time job! HA

My mom is doing great and feeling well, although she is very tired. She was a real trooper today and played, "Barbies" with Ashlyn! She listened intently to all Ashlyn's stories, talking animals, and watched as Ashlyn gave her a tour of all the Christmas gifts Grandma missed watching her open. They had a nice morning, but then my mom had a good long nap before the home health nurse stopped by. Her heart rate continues to be high, and she has not regained her peripheral vision on the right side, so we need to be careful of what furniture is in that sight path. The chihuahuas are in heaven as the minute my mom reclines in her chair, two dogs are immediately curled up on her lap. I think both the dogs and my mom love it! The cat continues to be scared to death of the quad cane, but will now sit and study it as if it were prey to be attacked!

Thank you again for your kind e-mails, comments, and get well cards. These lift my mom's spirits immensely! Thank you Fred and Crystal Null for the gorgeous flowers today too! They're beautiful, and brought a huge smile to my mom's face, just as all of you do, when she hears of your messages! Thanks again for EVERYTHING!!!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Denise,

I "googled" Prune Cakes in Longmont, Co. and up popped 14 bakeries in your area. It's Saturday night, so I didn't get to call any to see if they actually make Prune Cakes.

But, google that and hopefully you will have some luck.

But, how good the Bakeries are is a different story! Good Luck!


Kim said...

WELCOME HOME LORRAINE!!! Yippee!!! I must say, your chair looks so warm and cozy, makes me think of taking a nap everytime I see it!

I am so glad you're there with Denise! She will take good care of you, as we all know. Thanks again, Denise, too, for the terrific update. And again, please just let me know whatever I can do for the big luau party come February. I will be happy to help.
great big hugs to all,
love, kim l. (I know you have two friends named Kim, so am now trying to remember to sign "kim l." feel like I'm back in 3rd grade when I had to do that!) :)
talk soon!

Anonymous said...

Welcome home, Lorraine, to your "home away from home". I know you'd love to be back here in California, but thank goodness you are with your family who loves you and can care for you! Thank you, Denise! We are looking forward to our
"Luau" in Red Bluff in February, and believe me, will be ready to shower Lorraine with love and best wishes, We can't wait to have her home with us again!


Judy said...

Home again, home again, jiggity-jig! It must feel so-o-o good to be out of that hospital! The gang here is getting revved up for that luau. Pat is really busy trying to get our district back in order. He didn't realize what he was getting into. The times, there are a changin'! Relax and enjoy the view. Beautiful home, Denise.