Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Doctor Speak

I talked with the gyno-oncologist today. She is the one who performed Mom's surgery, but has been out of the office for a week or so. She was not aware that Mom had been in the hospital in her absence, so I explained what went on. If Mom's pain in her back is not better by tomorrow, the doctor wants to see her tomorrow.

Mom's treatments will be every 21 days, 6 to 8 times. We won't know her prognosis until we see how she reacts to the chemo. 5 year survival rate for this type of cancer is 30%. If after treatment, it does not return in a 2 year period, that rate increases. That is all I know at this point.

Sister #2 has taken Mom to her home to better care for her. I will deal with weekends as needed and be the one taking her to chemo. This was the only way we could both continue to work and care for her properly. Niece is still home for the summer and can monitor Grandma and call when she needs help. When school starts, if Mom is unable to stay by herself, we will have to regroup and figure something else out. Pray that God will provide wisdom and opportunity to take good care of Mom.

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