SIMON IS HOME!!!!! He spent a full week in the hospital. Everyone was missing him here, especially Goomba. I would turn around and get this look a thousand times a day.
During Simon’s stay, he had four procedures, over eight liters of fluid drained, and six blood transfusions. We had meetings with specialists in Oncology, Respiratory, Nephrology, Pulmonary, Interventional Radiology, Reflexology, Physical Therapy, Social Work, and Pain Management. A CT scan yesterday revealed no new cancer growths in the last three weeks, so if this first hurdle is really behind us, we may have some good days ahead.
We are hoping to begin our new normal. We had friends over to help reconfigure the house. Our bedroom is ready to operate like a hospital room. We have the hospital style bed, the oxygen, the medicine, and monitoring equipment. We’re working with local doctors and nurses to set up palliative care at the house. While we do love our local hospital, we’d rather not keep ending up there.
By the way, palliative care is not the same as hospice. I didn’t know that at first. I don’t feel like explaining it so just read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/
Simon will begin treatment in just a few days. As a reminder, this specific cancer has not been cured before at the stage Simon was diagnosed with. There’s one FDA approved drug that can slow tumor growth with minimal side effects. We are holding on to that hope. Clinical trials are still an option that we can continue to research. And we know that miraculous healing is still possible, but we are not going to be foolish or ill-prepared if that’s not the case. I’ll be giving a nice rant on preparation soon. But for now, SIMON IS HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is him getting out of the car. He hadn’t seen sunlight in a week and wasn’t very excited for the photo op.
But then, he got in his comfy new bed and all was well again. Welcome back, we missed you.