After a week in the hospital with pneumonia Karen is home. We get to snuggle again and I'm convinced that's the best medicine.
She went through two thoracentesis' for fluid removal from around each lung. The intravenous fluids, antibiotics, x-rays, sonograms, pain management and the intrusive hustle and bustle of hospital life is behind us for now. It was scary but the ER and hospital was the right call.
Karen will need oxygen for the time being. The pneumonia left her lungs in bad shape. Plus her broken sternum makes drawing a full breath difficult.
We had a visiting nurse stop by today for a follow up and we will have at least one home nurse visit a week for the foreseeable future. An occupational and physical therapist will also be coming by for evaluation and treatments.
The past week left Karen weak and discouraged but her attitude is starting to rebound now that she's home. She appreciates how much credit everyone gives her for her strength and her struggle. We talked last night about those type of characterizations and can't decide about the nobility that words like struggle suggests....sometimes it just feels like a blindfolded slog through a damn swamp.
Chemo infusions most likely won't resume until Karen gains more strength. Personally I'm hoping for a quiet no drama week of recovery where I can just deliver the hugs and chicken soup.
Selfie of Karen and Bill at home...."Our version of Bed In for Peace"
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.