Karen's home a couple of days now. We've been getting quite a few calls which tells me it's time to update the blog. She came home this week and the kids and I are very glad to have her back.
The situation is that Karen's on oral pain medication which works and doesn't work. She's still experiencing intense pain at times, other times it's tolerable. Moving around is very difficult and slow. She definitely can't be left in the house on her own. Imagine trying to move around without using your stomach muscles. It's hard to get comfortable for sleep with muscle cramps and the like although she's very tired. Her appetite is low with many things she just can't look at. She's getting by on sips and small bites whenever nausea and pain will allow. That's the bad news.
The good news is this is all to be expected and Chamberlain has assured us this is normal. As he put it, you might have one good day followed by three bad, don't get discouraged.
The kids are eager to jump on her and deliver their trademark crushing three-point-stance hugs which is just not an option right now.
Cynthia is here with us until Thursday which is a huge huge help and I will likely take some more time off until things improve.