Carol hasn’t written in a while because she’s been waiting to post good news or to at least post that she’s turned a better corner. She’s asked us to write to all of you with this update:
After dealing with an infected tooth this past winter, Carol had brain radiation for new brain lesions in April. Immediately following this gamma knife procedure, she began having more and more pain in her hips. An MRI revealed additional bone metastases. Carol had radiation immediately to try and alleviate some of her mounting pain. Unfortunately it was not as successful as we had hoped.
The tumors in her hips have pinched nerves, and she isn’t able to bear weight on her legs. Carol has settled into a hospital bed downstairs where she feels much more comfortable. As of June 4, 2014, Carol is now on Hospice. Every day feels brand new to her. Some days she feels numbness, others pain. These variations in sensation are normal, according to the Hospice nurse.
Carol has no idea what to expect next. She’s trying different pain management drugs—however at this time, none seem to help her mobility. As a result of this inactivity, Carol is getting weaker. This weakness makes it impossible to do everyday tasks, so she needs 24 hour care. We’ve hired a professional caregiver who will begin soon to take the load off her family and friends.
Carol is grateful for your visits and texts, for your love and concern. She’s also grateful that people understand her need to keep visits short as the pain meds exhaust her.
We once again ask if you can help Carol by donating money to assist paying for a caregiver. Any amount would be terrific. She needs 24 hour care right now, and we want to make sure she gets it.
Meanwhile, may you find peace in your heart and share the love you have with those around you.
Diane and Jody