I know Karen's feeling better when she starts sending texts to her friend Teri plotting to sneak her out of the hospital. Like any good accomplice, Teri offers to bring in a gorilla suit as a disguise....because "who's going to stop a gorilla?"
Karen's doc caught wind of the plot and suggested where she could find a nurse uniform that might attract less attention.
He would like to keep her at least another day to perform a second thoracentesis, which is a procedure to remove fluid from the space between the lining of the outside of the lungs and the wall of the chest. This was performed on the right lung on Wednesday and her breathing has improved.
A couple of other gifts from or Ithaca friends brightened her stay; a heart garland from Carol C. and some ninja erasers from Karen A. to erase "bad things".
The discharge plan is to drain the chest today, monitor her oxygen for about 24 hours while continuing the intravenous antibiotic. It's too early to know how this affects her chemo regime.
I may be able to bring her home on Saturday...the sooner the better. I'm not saying she isn't getting great care but I do think I have become a pretty good nurse over the last couple of years.
Goodies from Ithaca, photo by William Evertson
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.