Friday, March 13, 2009

Slow Recovery

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.


Anonymous said...

Dear Frances and Karen,

I am so glad that she is home..thank God. There hasn't been a day that I have not checked here. Please watch her so she doesn't develope an infection, that pain will go away.

OMG I can almost feel her pain, may God watch over her.

I promise you things will get better. I have been there twice with my beautiful little sister, 3 if the colon resection is counted.

My prayers to you and your beautiful family.

God help everyone dealing with this dreadful disease..I hate it.


kmc said...

praying for you...
hang in there, SuperKaren, you ARE in fact the champion, my friend. ; )

Kristin & the Cams crew

Don MacLeod said...

Hope your Irish eyes are smiling

Hold Fast
Don MacLeod

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Karen, thank you for your recipe for Sweet Pete's Sweet Chili. I love the idea of adding maple syrup to chili.

I always like to check the blogs of people who leave comments, and I was moved by yours. I spent some time reading, and started at the beginning. I'm overwhelmed by all you've had to deal with. I will continue to check in. Thank you for sharing it all with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you!