This week Karen said her magic name and date a few dozen times. The techs need it before blood tests, before chemo, for billing, before images. This was another tough week that included a thoracentesis, chemo infusions plus we got set up with a home palliative care team including a nurse, a PT and a social worker. So a visit from each of these health care professionals. Damn, cancer is a full time job. So many appointments, people, and medicines that make our heads spin.
The palliative care team is new. We're trying to be proactive; hoping for the best as treatments are tried but being prepared for setbacks and contingencies. This home care team hopefully will give us support such that the emphasis is on "home care" rather than leaving us with decision making during an emergency.
Some light support now in the form of weekly nursing visit, some light PT to maintain strength and a social worker to help navigate the decision making of how and when to bring more help onboard.
On the bright side Karen continues to receive buttons....and as the social worker said; 'what a remarkable circle of friends!" She was amazed at the blankets, art, jars of buttons and even this blog.
Not surprisingly, the love and support of friends does make this horrible roll of the cosmic dice easier to endure. Thank you everyone.
Photo - William Evertson...Karen with latest package; this from Jennifer and Jonathan.
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.