Writings of a teachermom, choosing to stay home with her kids, while loathing all domestic responsibilities! In late Aug. 2008, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation, I was given theall clear. However, in the late summer of 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which metasticized to other areas.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Coming up

I get to go home today. Which is good, because there's nothing for me to do here in bed at the hospital anymore. But I'm also nervous. I feel kind of in a daze. But then an hour from now, I'll be feeling quite normal ready to take on the world. Not sure what that's all about. Probably just something that needs to work itself out.

My dad returns back to New Jersey today, so I pray for safe travels for him. I'm so grateful that he was here for all this and that he has a good job to go back home to. I really do have these amazing parents who will just do anything for me and I am so blessed by them. My mom is staying on as my caregiver until I kick her to the curb...but she doesn't realize that will be NEVER! I pray my kids won't drive her insane!

Other things on the horizon right now:

I'll have these staples taken out on Friday. I am REALLY panicing about this. The nurse said that each staple will feel like a pinch. Um...yeah....that's what they tell you when you get a shot...it will just hurt for a second. I think I'll just not think about what's to come until Friday.

Next week I'll have to start looking into radiation of my head. They need to make sure all the brain tumor is out of there. I don't know what all this means yet, but it will be happenening.

And then we may be looking at more chemo.

Whatever we gotta do right now....that's just the simple plan at the moment. Of course there's so much more entailed. But that's the basic plan.

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At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing!!! That's all I can say. 4 days after "brain surgery", and you are homeward bound!!! That's a true reflection of your inner and outer strength. Is that about 50 staples in your noggin??? NO PROBLEM-I think their removal is the smallest obstacle you have to overcome considering how we all know just how much you can, and have, handle. TRY to rest and take pain medicine whenever you need it. No need for strength in that area. PAIN can, and should be, relieved. It enables you to heal better. And, a nice glass of wine NEVER hurt:) I have had a few over the past week and thought of you every time!! Your Mom did an awesome job with updating the blog. I know it wasn't an easy thing for her to do, but, like you, she found the strength given to her by our almighty God. I/We will continue our prayers for you and your family. I will let you settle in and will give you a call. I would love to hear your voice. Send a hello to Melvin, the kids, and your Mom for me. Congrats on the successful surgery. Love, Michelle

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Jaye said...

God's goodness and grace continue to abound in your life - your recovery is awe-inspiring!

"Now unto Him Who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." Eph. 3:20-21

Will continue to pray - love & hugs!

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Caro said...

Wow. You are up and about and blogging.

What next? World domination? You could do it you know. :-)

Maybe you could have a vicodan before the stitches come out? Hopefully, huh!

At 1:51 PM, Blogger Agent M said...

You are an incredible woman. Prayers for recovery, peace and love.

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Fantastic Four said...

Tom said you were amazing after surgery and he thought you would be coming home early! Please, please do NOT take on the world! Let us help in anyway that we can!

Staples...Kennedy and Lincoln both had staples in their head and I had them four times for my c-sections! They really do only feel like a pinch! In fact, Tom removed the boys staples at home on the kitchen counter!

Did I just see you and Melvin drive away somewhere about 20 minutes ago???? Shouldn't you be home resting???

Take care and call me for anything you need!


At 6:21 PM, Blogger Jana said...

I am so glad the surgery went off without a hitch and amazed with your recovery. Don't try to be a superhero! Take it easy!

At 6:28 PM, Blogger KC said...

i'm sending lots of hail marys your way, every day.

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had 26 staples in the back of my head earlier this year and it is just a little pinch just grab onto the chair it really only hurts for a second if that!

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Shannon said...

I hope the transition to home went well today. Rest, Rest, Rest!!!!

At 10:20 PM, Anonymous amy kelly said...

Cari---hey there oh strong one! (Don't overdue it!)
The staple are NOTHING compared to what you've done so far....how did you put it....

"placing cheerio looking fixtures to be glued to my noggin"

you are on the mend, girl! Get rest, continue strong and we all love you!
the breiens'
(amy kelly and the "boys"--cameron's friend eddie!!!!!)


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