...when it feels like we're stuck on the spin cycle.
This was supposed to be the off week from chemo and a chance for Karen's body to rest and recover. Instead the fluid around her lungs that had been relatively stable suddenly began to increase.
Another thoracentesis was scheduled for this past Friday. It was just in time because during the week Karen's breathing became more labored and we increased her oxygen saturation almost daily.
I don't think she's out of the woods yet because despite removing 1600 ml (about equal to a couple of bottles of wine) of fluid I haven't been able to reduce the O2 levels very much; certainly not as much as in the past.
To add to the oxygen anxiety this week our large stationary O2 generator suddenly quit working. I was trying to get some outside work done and luckily Karen's friend Jill was visiting and was able to let me know so we were able to get her on our portable O2 unit. The oxygen supplier was able to get us a replacement unit by the end of the day. While it was good they were quick to supply the replacement it's a bigger heavier machine.
The hip continues to be a problem. We are still waiting to have a cortisone injection to be scheduled.
Karen's been strong through all this and it has been a busy week. We are so grateful for the support of so many friends. Karen had several visits this week topped off with an art party/ birthday celebration. All that love and support is the best medicine!
Next chemo is Thursday so luckily she has a few days free of medical procedures to rest.
Photo - William Evertson - Karen working on her ostrich at the Art Party
William and Karen - Karen and I have been married for 41 years. Karen's breast cancer has reached stage 4. This is what happens next.